Standard Chronological Resume Format

Resume Guidelines

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 Resume formatting

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

Resume Checklist


  • The resume fills the page but is not overcrowded. There are no grammar or spelling errors. It can be easily scanned.

Education Section

  • This section is organized, clear, and well defined. It highlights the most pertinent information and includes: institution and its location, graduation date, major, degree, GPA, study abroad (as appropriate), and any relevant course work.

Experience Section

  • This section is well defined, and information relates to the intended career field. Places of work, location, titles, and dates are included for each position. Descriptions are clear and formatted as bullets beginning with action verbs. (This section could be split into related and other experience.)


  • This section is well organized and easy to understand. Activities and honors are listed, and descriptions include skills gained and leadership roles held. Dates of involvement are listed.