Resumes, Letters & Interviews

Chronological Resume Outline


When should I use this type of resume?

A chronological resume presents your education and work experience in a straightforward, reverse chronological order. If the majority of your work experience is related to your stated job objective, the chronological style can be effective.

Outline of Layout Structure

Phone Number w/Area Code
Email Address | LinkedIn URL
Physical Address (optional, not required if you included LinkedIn URL)


A statement of objective is optional. If you use one, be specific.

A summary of qualifications is also optional, but can be used to feature desirable qualifications or experiences you have. You want to use keywords from the job description in this section to not only customize your resume, but also break through the initial screening process. Some companies (often large scale) have automated databases that detect select keywords to efficiently manage applications.


List most recent degree first, major, institution and date of graduation or anticipated graduation. May note GPA if it is greater than 3.5, or academic honors if desired. You may wish to add an addendum that identifies the courses you have taken grouped into two or three meaningful categories.


Your title, name of organization, description of your duties, level of responsibility, number of people supervised,  special accomplishments, and dates. This category may include all relevant experience both paid and volunteer.


Position held (if appropriate), name of organization and dates.


References are mandatory. On a separate sheet give names, titles, business mailing addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references. Do not use relatives, friends, or other students as references.


Completed Examples