10 Oct

The 4 Elements of A Chronological Resume

Posted by John Brandwagt

First things first – do you know what a chronological resume is? Well, in simplest terms, it is a resume type wherein your work history is listed in chronological order. This means that you list the most recent position or your current job role in the resume first.

That said, chronological resumes are more preferred in Canada, all because it is easier for the hiring managers to have a quick look at your work history and the number of positions you have had, how long you had and other vital details on the go.



Now that we have our basics clear – let’s move ahead and understand the elements of a good chronological resume. You probably only have 30 seconds to impress your employer, and it is necessary that you play your cards right and know how to get your resume noticed.

Components of a Chronological Resume Explained

Here are the key components of a well-written chronological resume.

  • Your contact information

Your resume should clearly state our name, address, phone number, and your email address. If you are a college student, you might also choose to include your school address.

  • Objective

Your job resume must have an objective which should make it easier for your hiring manager to know the job role you are applying for, and how it will benefit their company. If you are an engineering grad, for instance, you can talk about the types of engineering careers you look to have, and how this job would help you in meeting your end-goals.

  • Key accomplishments

Next, your resume should state your key accomplishments and highlight your achievements so far. It is very important that you take special care while writing this section as this is what will capture your hiring manager’s attention.

Make proper use of keywords, and nouns here to summarize your significant achievements. This section will serve as your professional profile and will provide a quick summary of your triumphs, thus making the hiring manager sure that you are eligible for the job role.

  • Education

If you are a college graduate, education should be your next section. However, if you have full-time work experience, education section should come after the experience section.

As the name suggests, this section talks about your academic qualifications in terms of the schools attended, marks scored and awards received.

  • Professional experience

You can also label this section as Employment, Work history or Experience. If you are a college grad, we would highly recommend labeling this section as experience as it provides a broader view, and you can even choose to include your major school projects that are a perfect depiction of your skills and abilities.

You should include your job title, company name, employment dates and major accomplishments in this section here. For instance, if you are in the information technology industry, you could talk about types of IT jobs in Canada that you have undertaken so far.

  • Affiliations/Interests

This is an optional section, and include this only when you have something to talk about. More often than not, this section is used by interviewers as an ice-breaker to start an interview on an informal basis.

  • References

Next, you can choose to talk about references. Again, this section is optional and passé. If you have enough space – go for it, or else, it is okay to skip it.

If you choose to include you should only write a statement that you can provide references if required. Do not include the names of your reference from your end until you are being asked by your employer.

Your Turn

As it is evident, chronological resume pays special attention to job history, and rest of the elements stay the same and are kept concise.

We hope that this article would have helped you in creating a perfect chronological resume. Crafting a perfect resume doesn’t need advanced resume writing skills, all you need is a bit of creativity and ability to attract the hiring manager.

John Brandwagt

John is a Practice Leader at Inteqna. He’s been working in IT Search in Calgary since 1997. He works best with selective job seekers—those who excel at what they do and enjoy their current jobs. Since they don’t have time to look for themselves, he helps them find their dream jobs. From a client perspective, he helps organizations find the talent that will propel their business. John is involved in several of Calgary’s technical user groups and has held board roles in non-profit groups. He is a single dad of four boys who try to beat him at every physical activity from hiking to rugby.

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