How to Create a Reverse Chronological Resume

By Laura DeCarlo

To create a reverse chronological resume, remember to focus on areas of specific relevance to your target position. For your work history section, you typically want to concentrate on your last four jobs or your last 10 to 15 years of employment.

Be sure to include for each the name of the employer and the city in which you worked, the years you were there, your title, your key responsibilities, and your measurable accomplishments.

To handle problems such as unrelated experience or early experience that could date you but is too relevant to leave off, you can group unrelated jobs in a second work history section under a heading of Additional Experience, Previous Experience, or Related Experience.

When it comes to including dates on your resume, you have multiple options:

  • If your jobs were extremely fluid, meaning you left one company and immediately started with the next, you can use months and years. However, if you had gaps of several months between one job stopping and one starting, it is perfectly acceptable to just list the years employed.

  • When you have held multiple progressive positions with an employer, you don’t have to list the employer all over again. Instead, create an umbrella for the positions, listing the employer only once and the total dates, and then show your reverse chronology underneath. This is how to present multiple progressive positions with the same employer.

    Listing multiple progressive positions with one employer.

    Listing multiple progressive positions with one employer.
  • If your positions were similar and varied little, or the same job with a different title, it’s okay to group them together versus describing them twice. Here’s an individual who had progressive positions with the same employer, but some of the jobs were similar enough to group together instead of listing redundant information in two places.

    Grouping similar positions held at the same employer.

    Grouping similar positions held at the same employer.