The Chronological Format
Take a look at our resume samples to see how all of the advice we provide in
How to Write a Resume comes together. If you've worked on your
resume the way we suggest, you'll find that putting a quality document together is not as difficult as you
thought. It's important to break things down into manageable segments. Create a rough outline of
information to include in each section before trying to polish your thoughts. It's easier to fine
tune your resume once you have a roadmap in place.
Remember, your resume will only get 15-20 seconds to make it into the "YES"
pile on a busy recruiter or hiring manager's desk.
If you've follow our advice, your resume will start with a strong Summary
Statement, followed by a review of your professional experience in reverse chronological order
(your most recent position will be listed first). Make sure that you've included solid
accomplishments that highlight your key skills and the depth of your experience.
See our Resume Action Verbs for ideas on making each accomplishment statement on your resume "pop".
If you have significant working experience, your resume still needs to fit on two pages. Try summarizing your early
experience, providing companies you've worked for, dates, titles - but nothing else! Don't use valuable resume real
estate talking about what you did 20 years ago.
Think about the look and feel of your resume. Make sure that it's readable. Incorporate white space and
use a type font that's readable. Use bold and italics to highlight key headings.
Our samples highlight these principles. Study the resume examples below. If you have any questions
on how to best present your own background, don't hesitate to get in
touch. We'll be happy to help you put our resume advice into action!