Chronological Resume Example and Writing Tips

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A chronological resume lists your work history in reverse chronological order (i.e., starting with your most recent job first).

This type of resume affords you the opportunity to give pride of place to your most recent and outstanding talents, skills, and expertise, ensuring that a hiring manager will be interested enough to read through your entire resume.

When to Use a Chronological Resume

Chronological resumes are the most commonly used format, and for good reason. Most employers prefer candidates who have current or very recent experience in their career fields.

The more experienced a potential new employee is, the less likely it will be that the employer will have to spend time and money to train them after they’re hired.

If you have a straightforward work history—one where you have work experience in the job area you are targeting, with few significant unemployment gaps—then a chronological resume is the way to go.

While it’s fine to include two or three job descriptions in your “Professional Experience” section, you shouldn’t present more than 15 years of work history. Doing so may result in your application being screened out by employers guilty of “ageism.”

When to Use a Different Resume Format

If your career history has included a lot of job-hopping between short-term roles or is in a field different from the one you are currently targeting, you might want to think about using a non-chronological functional resume or a combination resume format instead.   

Chronological Resume Example

This is an example of a chronological resume. Download the chronological resume template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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Chronological Resume Example (Text Version)

James Applicant
17017 Home Blvd.
Edmond, OR 00222
c: 555-555-1212


Energetic and motivating leader with a proven ability to effectively manage both staff and long and short-term projects. A self-starter and strong independent worker who excels at analyzing products and procedures in order to generate new ideas that improve efficiency and production quality.


MANAGER (2014-Present)
Manage daily operations of a $1 million foam insulation company.

  • Train and supervise work crews in more efficient product installation techniques resulting in reduced material waste by 20 percent and labor hours by 43 percent.
  • Instrumental in developing sales team’s knowledge in the areas of building science and energy conservation in order to provide customers with the information to successfully plan for, and utilize, spray foam insulation.

Managed command and control data network used to generate video representation of geographic area surrounding the ship. The team consisted of 38 individuals from four departments.

  • Production Control Officer - Coordinated the efforts of 135 personnel utilizing 37,000 man hours. Completed 520 jobs totaling over $4 million during a 13-month refurbishment period.
  • Assistant Command Duty Officer - Directed daily routine utilizing a duty section of 600 personnel from 12 different departments.

INSTRUCTOR PILOT (2008–2012)              
Administered, coordinated, and supervised flight and academic training for the United States flight training program that encompassed over 200 instructors and 600 students in five units.

  • Coordinated and supervised four Flight Commanders to ensure that pilot completion rates met quarterly and annual goals.
  • Managed and scheduled 11 instructor pilots and 38 flight students to complete primary and intermediate level flight training.


  • AUBURN UNIVERSITY, MBA in Finance, 2018
  • UNIVERSITY OF COSTA RICA, Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics, 2004
  • Aviator - Advanced Flight Training, United States Flight Patrol