Ask most employers which type of resume they like to see and you’ll get a lot of them telling you they prefer to see a chronological resume format. Do you know why?

The chronological resume is the preferred type because it shows how your career history has progressed from the beginning to present day. Employers want to be able to quickly see how many jobs you’ve had, as well as your tenure at each company. Employers want stable employees-after all, they are investing in you.

If a stable work history is important to the company interviewing you for your next job, then presenting a chronological resume will put you in the running for the position. Hiring managers want to see how you’ve advanced in your career, as well as the new skills acquired and accomplishments achieved in each position to see if your credentials are a good match for their company.

The chronological resume is a great format to use to show promotions and a steady career progression, whether within the same company or a new one. It’s the preferred resume format among the majority of the employers around the world.

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2 Responses

01.21.13

While chronological is definitely the most common format employers see, job seekers need to consult a professional writer if having format questions, as a professional knows when a functional format would be a better choice for the client.

01.21.13

This is true, Sandy. There are many times when a functional format may be a better choice, depending on the client’s experience, skills and career goals. Thanks for the feedback!

~ Ava

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