Writing a Chronological Resume Worksheet

Job Search Writing – Types of Resumes

Practice with this Chronological Resume Worksheet to understand when using this resume type is the best choice. Through completing ten exercises, you learn to recognize whether this resume type is best suited to your specific situation, and as a result, your overall job writing improves.

Writing a Chronological Resume

Instructions

For each of the exercises below, read the situation presented, and determine if a chronological resume is a good choice by circling yes or no. Explain your choice for each exercise.

  • You currently work for an insurance company and have worked in the insurance industry for 20 years. Your work history includes six different companies, and you worked a minimum of two years at each position.

  • Is a chronological resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You are just graduating from college and have little to no work experience that is relevant to the position for which you are applying.

  • Is a chronological resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You have worked a variety of jobs, ranging from management positions and accounting positions to basic clerical work and customer service specialists over the last 10 years.

  • Is a chronological resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You have been employed consistently over the last eight years. However, during that time you’ve worked for 15 different companies.

  • Is a chronological resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • Since graduating from college six years ago, you have worked for two different companies, both of which are in the area of business as the company to which you intend to apply.

  • Is a chronological resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • Until a few years ago, you worked without any gaps in employment. However, you have been unemployed for the last two years.

  • Is a chronological resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You have been a member of the workforce for 12 years. During that time, you have held positions with three different companies and have been unemployed for a period of at least one year on three different occasions.

  • Is a chronological resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You have been in the workforce for four years following college. You have held your current position since graduation and have no work experience prior to your current position, which is related to the position to which you intend to apply.

  • Is a chronological resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You are nearing retirement age but have decided to continue working. You are seeking a position that is similar to what you have spent your entire career doing but are looking for a new company for which to work.

  • Is a chronological resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason:

  • You have worked in the field of education for 15 years. During that time, you have held only two positions but have never been unemployed at any time during that period. You are seeking a position in the field of marketing and have just finished obtaining a marketing degree.

  • Is a chronological resume a good choice? Yes/No

    Reason: