One of the most commonly used resume formats is the chronological resume format. This is the most common type of resume format which is well suited for almost any job you want to apply for. The chronological resume format is something that almost every employer and job seeker is familiar with, and is considered to be one of the most easiest and simplest of resume formats.
A chronological resume format is a simple resume format that lists down your professional details and educational details in a chronological order, the details, each point followed by the other according to dates and time. The advantage of using a chronological resume format is that it is very easy to update, easy to create and it ensures that you do not miss out any important points on your resume. This format is also very convenient for employers as it is easy to read and makes it very easy for a recruiter to create an image of the candidate’s professional profile.
Let’s take a look at how to create an effective chronological resume to suit your professional profile.
- To create a chronological resume, you need to start at the top, list your contact information right at the top of the resume, this section should contain your name, address, contact numbers and email address. You can have this information either ate the center of the page or at the far right corner of the page.
- Next you need to divide your resume into five distinct sections, resume objective, work experience, education, key skills and reference section; each section should be in bold font and can be underlined.
- The objective statement section should be a couple of lines long, it should include what you can offer the organization in terms of skills and expertise and should reference the job you are applying for.
- The next section or work experience section is where you will describe your previous held jobs in detail. This section is written in reverse chronological format, where the last held job is written first. In this section you should list the roles and responsibilities held, name or the organization, dates you joined and left a job. The work experience section will contribute to the major part of your resume.
- The next part is the educational qualifications, here you add your educational degrees, diplomas colleges, schools and universities attended, trainings attended, workshops and certifications etc.
- The key skills section of your resume is a very important section as this section will include skills that you have and which employers look for in a candidate.
- The final section of your chronological resume is your reference section; here you can add the references of previous employers or supervisors. This section adds a lot of weight age to your resume. If you do not want to mention references at this point of time, you can always add a note stating “references available on request”.
These sections make up your resume format. Once you have added your personal and professional details onto the format, ensure that you proof read the resume. Your resume is the first and most important impression you would make on an employer, a resume filled with punctuation, grammatical and data errors and mistakes can show you in a very poor light. Ensure that you have proof read your resume at least two times before you print it. Before printing your resume ensure that the resume is written in a common font size, font and font color.