Standard Chronological Resume Format

When writing your resume you should focus on the transferable skills you used to complete your work. This is particularly helpful when your responsibilities are not directly related to your future career. Start your skill statement with an action verb, and tell the reader what you did and how you did it. For example:

  • Maintained termination files of temporary employees in a database using attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Utilized professionalism and excellent communication skills when interacting with customers on a daily basis.
  • Employed problem solving and sound judgment resolving conflicts among 10-15 year old campers.
  • Managed multiple projects simultaneously using time management and organization.

The standard chronological resume format is suitable for anyone. One page is common although it varies by major and extent of experience. 

Standard Chronological resume format

Recommendations for formatting:

  • clear simple font style
  • font size 11-12, side margins 1 inch
  • top and bottom margins 1/2 to 1 inch

Check your resume with the following resume rubric:

Resume rubric