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Chronological Resumé Outline

A chronological resumé creates a timeline of your work, education, and training. You start with the most recent job and work your way back. You repeat this timeline for any relevant education and training.

If you have a steady work history, this type of resumé is a good choice.

Your name
Street address or box number
City, province, postal code
Phone number(s) with area codes
Email address
Website (optional)

Objective or goals (optional)

Know what the goals are of your potential employer. Briefly list how your skills and training will help the employer reach those goals.

Experience

List any jobs that relate to the position you want. You don’t have to stop at 3 jobs. Describe the skills you used in each job that match what the new position requires. Briefly list other duties and responsibilities. Describe your successes. For example:

  • Consistently met or exceeded sales targets or service standards
  • Received positive feedback from clients or customers

Start each item with a strong verb. For example, use “Helped set up...” instead of “Responsible for helping to set up...”

Work title, 20XX–20XX (most recent first)
Employer name
City, province (optional)

  • Relevant responsibilities, skills, duties, and successes (use a bulleted list)
  • Managed the company’s social media presence across 3 platforms

Work title, 20XX–20XX (second-most recent)
Employer name
City, province (optional)

  • Relevant responsibilities, skills, duties, and successes (use a bulleted list)
  • Created and ran an internal SharePoint site to improve team communication

Job title, 20XX–20XX (third-most recent)
Employer name
City, province (optional)

  • Relevant responsibilities, skills, duties, and successes (use a bulleted list)
  • Served customers promptly and professionally
  • Earned 3 awards for Employee of the Month last year

Education

List your degrees, diplomas, or certificates. Include short education, training, and professional development courses that relate to this new job.

Diploma, certificate, or degree earned; focus of study or training (optional)

Name of educational institution, 20XX–20XX
City, province (optional)

Diploma, certificate, or degree earned; focus of study or training (optional)

Name of educational institution, 20XX–20XX
City, province (optional)

Name of training or professional development course, Month 20XX

Other (optional)
Include sections for any related information such as:

  • Languages
  • Awards and honours
  • Hobbies and interests
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