Value of a Reverse-chronological Format

Reverse-chronological resumes answer readers’ natural questions in a logical way:

  • What’s the product you’re selling? (This is answered by the “Profile” or “Summary of Qualifications” section of your resume.)
  • Who has trusted you before? (Answered by your list of past employers.)
  • How long did they trust you? (Answered by the duration of your jobs.)
  • What’s the biggest thing they trusted you with? (Your past job titles.)
  • What were the nature and scope of your responsibilities? (General position descriptions.)
  • Did you DO anything with those responsibilities? (Selected accomplishments addressing each assigned functional responsibility.)
  • Who trusted you before that? How long did they trust you? (Other employment, in reverse order.)
  • Where did you go to school? (Your educational summary section.)
  • Anything else I should know about you? (Affiliations, certifications, professional activities, relevant community/volunteer activity, books, articles, patents, etc.)

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