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Chronological Resumes


When designing your resume, you'll want to spend some time deciding on the format that presents your background most favorably. Chronological resumes, most frequently used in the past, are the most conservative type of resume. They're the sort of resume frequently used for more traditional firms, and they are required for government positions.

In general, chronological resumes organize work experience chronologically, beginning with the most recent job and working backwards to the least recent job. For example, one section of a chronological resume might look like the following:

Engineering Co-op, Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas

    Summer 1998, Rotor Dynamics Group
    • Used flight dynamics simulation computer programs such as DNAWO6 (Myklestad), C81, and DNAWO1/02
    • Evaluated rotors, rotor-fuselage combinations, and test stands using data from simulation programs

    Summer 1997, Research Design Group

    • Drafted rotor parts for research and flight test programs
    • Designed simple parts, such as tail rotor balance fixture

    Summer 1996, Materials and Methods Lab

    • Tested composite specimens to verify materials specification
    • Fabricated composite structures for research programs

If you're thinking about using a chronological resume, consider the following:


Two complete examples of chronological resumes are available:

  1. A good example of a chronological resume documenting an engineering major who is still in school and who has had two strong industry internships

  2. A good example of a chronological resume documenting an accounting major who is still in school and who has gained technical skills through work experience


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