How to Write a Chronological Resume

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Learn how to write a chronological resume with expert job hunting tips in this free resume advice video.

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Hi! My name is Tina Buechler from Business Growth Training, and I’m here today on behalf expertvillage.com. In this clip, I would like to talk a chronological resume, the format for a chronological resume. If your last job of your last position to present job is very similar to the kind of job that you’re looking for, then the format that you’ll choose is the chronological resume. A chronological resume goes like this. You start with your name and identification, so name, address, and that kind of stuff. This is then followed by your profile; this highlights your key skills accomplishments to market you to your position. The next part identifies your last job or this might your present job and your company or last company that you worked for. Underneath here, you will identify the key skills and accomplishments that you have achieved during this place of employment. Again, this is not where we’re doing history. You don’t list everything that you have ever done. You choose the key skills and accomplishments that are going to market you to your job goal, and you will list them under this last job. So, last job or present job, the company that you worked for, and what you did at that company. After that, you would go to do this 2 or 3 times. You would go to your job that you had before that one and your job that you had before that one, and you would start in the present and work backwards. You will either do 2-3 jobs or you would go a maximum of 20 years, you won’t go back any farther than 20 years. After you have completed this section, you have a section for education. It’s optional of things you can have after that. The key components of a chronological resume that need to be included: your name and identification, your profile, your employment history, and your education. Those are the 4 key components of a chronological resume. A lot of your time and energy need to be focused on the skills and accomplishments within each place of employment. All of your skills and accomplishments within each place of employment should validate the key points in your profile. So, if in your profile you said you had 10 years experience in marketing and sales, through this process I need to add up to 10 years experience in marketing and sales, so that the whole document cross references with itself and presents your skills in a way that will market you to your goal.

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