Below you will find an example of a resume written in the reverse chronological resume format. This is the most widely used resume format. In this example the resume starts out with job title headlines (Sales Management) to quickly allow the reader to identify the job seeker’s profession.
The job title headlines are followed by a list of qualification highlights (key account management, business development) and a career profile to summarize the job seeker’s 14 year sales career.
The experience section is written in the reverse chronological order, which simply means the most recent job (District Sales Manager) is listed first in the order. The next most recent job information follows the most recent job. At the end of the experience section, you should list your very first job or at least the first related job in your job field. Sometimes, it’s common and acceptable to leave out non-related jobs, part-time jobs or internships. In this example, you can see that the writer grouped their past work history in one statement from 1986 to 1991.
After your work history and job descriptions, you can include Education and Technical Skills sections. You may also include professional affiliations, community service work or volunteer work. In some cases, you can list publications or public speaking events.
Reverse Chronological Resume Example Writing Tips
On a standard reverse chronological resume, you can put the dates on the left or right side. If you have consistent work experience then you can include the month of your employment. If you have many years of experience, especially at only a few positions, then it’s fine to just put the beginning and ending year, leaving out months. You can also leave out months if you have gaps in employment. Many people have several months of unemployment between jobs and its not necessary to list your status at those points in your career.
Unlike the functional resume format its usually standard to put bullet points under the jobs that represent key events or accomplishments. You can include times when you increased revenues, improved profits, saved time, enhanced productivity or cut expenses. Just make sure you include your career highlights, so you let that potential employer know that you have had success in past positions.