Sample Chronological Resume Experience
You should recall from the Resume Types section that the
chronological resume is most effective when past experiences are
all related to the next career goal. Its structure demonstrates
the individual's past positions and the logical step-wise
progression to the next position. By listing experiences from
the most recent back in time, the career path leading to this
next step is clearly expressed.
The following basic information is provided for each of the
experiences included in your chronological resume:
- Name of employer
City & state where the employer is located
Experience Section Name
Typically all experiences have some level of relevance to
the career objective, therefore they are all provided with
some degree of detailed information. Therefore, they are
often listed in one section which may be labeled:
ENGINEERING (or MANAGEMENT, or TEACHING) EXPERIENCE
- It is best to select the label that most effectively
describes the experience(s). However, they do not need to be
in one section – depending on the number and types of
experiences, it may be helpful to group them for emphasis.
Grouping experiences in this manner would be done to reduce
a long “laundry” type list and help emphasize various areas
of related experiences. If it is determined that the related
experiences will be divided into two or more sections, the
experiences within each section should be listed in reverse
An example of grouping of experiences all related to
securing a teaching position:
Dates of Employment
- May be listed by year (1999-2002); by month and year
(June 2000 – January 2002); or by time period (Summer 2000)
– select the one that is most appropriate for your
experiences. Remember to be consistent – select one style
for listing dates and use it throughout this section.
- If more than one position was held for one employer,
they may all be listed (beginning with the most recent
first); they may be grouped together under the heading
“various positions” rather than listing all of them; or the
most recent position may be listed along with the fact that
other positions were also held.
- After researching the position and determining those
experiences that are related, it is important to add details
to the basic information listed above. These details will
communicate more completely your accomplishments and
qualifications for the position. The experiences you list
may be paid or unpaid.
- List information in order of importance to the position
with most important first.
- Two very important words to keep in mind – Quantify and
Qualify whenever possible and appropriate – it will change
what will read like a job description to what the
prospective employer will read as actual accomplishments.
(You will get more information in the next section on
- Present information in concise phrases (not complete
sentences) beginning with a strong action verb – less is
more here; try to eliminate extraneous words. (You will get
more information in the next section on Effective Language.)