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Basic Chronological Resume Format

Heading – Name, address, phone, e-mail address

Objective Statement – (this is optional) – If you choose to use an objective statement, make sure that it is specific to the job that you are applying for. A generic statement is nothing but wasted space on the page.

Education – list only the schools where a degree was earned.

  • Dates of attendance
  • School Name
  • City and State
  • Diploma Earned
  • GPA (if that is something that you want to emphasize)
  • Specific Courses (if related to job sought)
  • Extra-curricular activities (especially those that show special skills and leadership qualities)
  • Any scholastic honors, scholarships, etc.

Experience – list as many jobs that can fit on one page.

  • Put work history in chronological order
  • List part-time, summer and any volunteer jobs as well as full-time work
  • Military information may be placed here or in a separate section

If you are a teacher or applying for a teaching position, always put your education first after the objective.

If you have a lot of work experience and are changing jobs, then you can put your work experience before education.

Skills and Activities – Leadership, Teamwork, Communication, Computer Languages and Program Proficiencies

Personal Data – Awards, Honors, Achievements, Extra-curricular Activities, Professional Organizations, Certifications, Publications

References – Available Upon Request – On a separate page, have a list of three references. Give name, title, address, phone and e-mail address of people who have direct knowledge of your work ability and ethic.

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