What is a Chronological CV?
Basically the chronological CV will provide information in order
of how it happened. You will for instance, list your career development
from the day you left school up to where you are now. The reverse
chronological CV is better in the sense that it works from the present
backwards. In other words you will state your current employment,
then the previous employment. You will then proceed to list your
When will you use the chronological CV?
The chronological or reverse chronological CV is best used
when you have a long and stable work history with no unexplained
employment gaps. When you have enough qualifications for the job,
have an extensive profile of writing etc., applying for a lawyer
or academic position etc. You will use the reverse or normal chronological
CV when you are seeking a position directly related to your qualifications
What is the main focus of this type of CV?
The focus is solidly on your work experience and then on education.
How to list the headings:
First list the current employer and then the previous employers
(don't go back more than ten years unless you have enough space).
If you want to also list employers beyond 10 years - only list those
employers shortly. Then list the education with highest qualifications
first back to school Grade 12. Then list your interests - no more
than 3 and no fewer than 2. Make sure the interests are related
to your work otherwise leave the section out. List accomplishments,
the computer literacy, language abilities, and basic info such as
driver's license etc.
When not to use this type of CV
Don't use this CV style if you have job hopped or have unexplained
employment gaps. Rather use the combination CV or the functional
CV in these cases. If you plan a career change stay clear from this
type of CV.
How to shorten the CV
Delete all repeat tasks - simply a waste of paper. List the details
of the current job, your previous one if relevant to the position,
and the one before it if relevant to the position. Be sure to use
power words and bullets rather than paragraphs.
The Chronological CV has several advantages such as providing an
easy to follow format and highlighting experience and qualifications.
The disadvantages are that is the most used format and thus kind
of boring and it can become quite lengthy.