Writing A Chronological Resume
What is a chronological resume? There is the functional and a chronological format of a resume. A
chronological resume is a resume in which you list all your past jobs, including medical assistant related
and educational qualifications in reverse chronological order, beginning from the latest or the present one
first. This is the traditional and most well known resume format. Let us take a closer look at how the
chronological resume differs from the functional format and why it may be better suited for new medical
Why Use a Chronological Resume?
An article by Heather Eagar -- A chronological resume is especially effective for mid-career professionals
and new graduates with limited work experience. It allows the employer to see all of your qualifications
including education up-front. Your resume shouldn't read like a Ph.D. Dissertation - it should get straight
to the point and the chronological resume does this and more:
1. It explicitly demonstrates your career progression. It easily illustrates the solidity of your career.
2. The simple, traditional format makes it easier for employers to skim through quickly and to determine
your qualifications. The fact is that most employers are expecting a chronological resume.
3. A chronological resume is a straightforward summary of your professional history. It is neat and
simple. An employer usually takes only about 10 minutes to review your resume, and executive recruiters
take even less time. Do you want them to do more work than they have to? They won't, because they
don't have the time!
4. There are no ambiguities about your qualifications whatsoever as everything the interviewer wants to
know is open and apparent. This is what you want-because they less questions they have about your
resume, the less questions you'll have to answer in the interview.
Downside to a Chronological Resume
Of course, like everything in life, the chronological resume has a few downsides. Since you are probably
reading this to assess the pros and cons of this resume style, you may as well go in knowing these
1. The chronological format does not positively accommodate gaps in employment; in fact, when used, it
could expose them quite easily; additionally, it does not suit those candidates who have changed careers
often. If this describes you, then you may want to consider this resume style carefully before using it.
2. Cross-discipline skills may not be highlighted to their full potential; some employers are looking for
continuity, and if you have changed careers in short periods of time, then using a chronological resume
will highlight this fact instead of the valuable skills you can bring to the table.
3. If you have a short work history, a chronological resume will only highlight your lack of experience. For
most employers, this is an immediate red flag and enough to make them file your resume under “C” for
circular file. I hope you know what that means!
Application for Employment
Student medical assistants and recent training program graduates applying for jobs or externship
positions invariably have to use the chronological resume format as they have a limited work history -
they don't have much choice, but sometimes seasoned professionals use this format when applying for
jobs that involve routine tasks. Here is another example of when one can use this style: A medical
assistant who is applying for the next job after several years of routine experience will have not much to
show in terms of professional gains, but can show job continuity. For candidates who need to show
continuity when changing jobs, the chronological resume works very well.
Article Source: Article Hangout
Heather Eagar is a former professional resume writer who is now dedicated to providing job seekers with resources and products that
promote job search success from beginning to end. If you need resume examples and tools, go to www.NothingbutResumes.com.
The Online Job Application
Internet job banks often also offer the opportunity to apply online. A correctly done online application can
save you money and time. The biggest advantage of applying online is that your information goes directly
to the the right person. Although the online application form is structured and consists of specific fields to
be filled out it must be prepared with the same attention to detail like a paper application. It is important to
take your time to read the instructions before filling out the required fields. Know what documentation and
information is expected and be sure you have a suitable cover letter and a matching curriculum vitae
(CV) in electronic form to attach if so requested. Perhaps it is also possible to upload a photo or
certificate. Make sure you know how to do this.
Pay particular attention to proper spelling and correctly filling in each required form field, including your
contact information, including your email address and telephone number. If you make a mistake here and
your efforts are in vain, since the human resource department will not be able to reach you. It goes
without saying that you should use a reputable e-mail address that can be easily associated with you,
ideally firstname.lastname@example.org not email@example.com. Make sure everything in your
cover letter, resume matches precisely with what you submit in the form, especially your contact
information, or else it may lead to confusion.
Filling Out the Application Form
Most online application forms offer a larger text field where you can enter a personal message or a
crunched down version of your cover letter. Keep it short and professional. Briefly state why you are
interested in the position and why you feel you are the right person for the job. Pay attention to any
character limits, but nevertheless try to break up your text by using line breaks to give your message a
clean structure. Here is where your spell checker is most important! Alternatively, copy your text into a
program with spell checker (e.g. MS Word) and make sure that your text is flawless.
Stick to ONLY those skills and qualifications that are required for the job as listed in detail in the job
advertisement. Many applicants simply copy and paste this to match their skills and qualifications
precisely to the job. If there is room for additional information, such as prior work experience, education
and related skills then do so. Some companies use these inputs to automatically synchronize their
database and match you with other open positions. Print your completed online application and save it
along with a printout of the job advertisement. You will need these documents in preparation for the