The Chronological Resume in Detail

by Admin on June 12, 2012

If you’ve been reading page after page of facts, tips and tricks regarding how to write a resume, you may be overwhelmed. It really is a lot to consume and learn, especially if you truly wish to effectively apply these guidelines to write the kind of resume that works. If you want to achieve a job interview, your resume must present you as exactly the employee they need right now and it must also be neat and easy to read. Instead of listing more tips, we’ll go in depth with this article by presenting an example of a job posting and of a resume sent by an experienced professional in response to it. We’ll look at the resume and what it does right to ensure a job interview.

Sample Job Posting:

Help Wanted: Senior Aeronautics Engineer
Wayward Aerospace.
Core competencies:

  • Leadership – this is a senior position
  • Hands-on with a focus on design and quality assurance
  • Design applications: AutoCAD preferred
  • Ability to interface with a variety of staff and departments

Master’s Degree Required
Send C.V. to (Email Address)

The applicant for this job is Robert (Last Name). Robert is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in this field, so he will be using the chronological format. An example of his resume is below. Numbers in parenthesis denote key points that he has hit and will be explained below.

Robert (Last Name)
Phone Number
Email Address (1)

Career Objective: To attain the position of Senior Aeronautics Engineer at a progressive, cutting edge aerospace engineering company where I will apply my broad experience and contribute to our success. (2)

Employment History (5)

Flying Edge Aeronautics, Queensland
Aeronautics Engineer
February 2010 – Present

  • Led a team of seven junior aeronautics engineers, mentoring them in preparation for their transition to higher-level work. All gave positive feedback on my leadership and all were promoted successfully to become key contributors to the firm. (3)
  • Spearheaded a project to overhaul the design of a line of popular engines with an eye on performance. This redesign led to greater fuel efficiency and performance and a 20% increase in engine sales over one year. (3) (4)
  • Assisted in implementation of AutoCAD design system, including knowledge transfer, cutting design turnaround from an average of five days to three days or less.
  • Executed a plan to create and lead weekly design meetings to facilitate greater information sharing among engineers.

Eagle Air Engines
Assistant Aeronautics Engineer
June 2008 – February 2010

  • Teamed with Eagle’s senior engineering staff on an engine redesign project for Aladdin’s whole line of small craft airplane engines. (3)
  • Worked as a liaison between engineering and the R&D staff to facilitate greater communication of research requirements. (3)
  • Actively worked with the Quality Assurance staff in an effort to streamline our build and analysis processes. As a result, productivity increased by 10%.

Skills: (6)

  • Expert in design applications, including AutoCAD and Blender.
  • Proven leader and mentor who relishes the opportunity to work with others to improve processes.
  • Self-professed “computer geek” who is a very fast learner with new software.
  • Over four years of progressive experience in the field of aircraft engine design and engineering.


  • Master’s Degree in Aerospace Mechanical Engineering from the Greater Queensland University of Technology, 2008. (6)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Queens College, 2004.
  • Founding member of the Queensland Aerospace Engineers’ Society

Key Points and Takeaways

  1. Robert made sure he had a professional-sounding email address. If you don’t, get one from your ISP or by using a free email service.
  2. He listed an objective because this job actually fulfils a career goal. Don’t feel obligated to post an objective or make one up if the job doesn’t exactly fit your own goals or if you’re still trying to figure out your objective.
  3. These are just a few examples of how Robert tailored his resume to match the employer’s needs. He examined the job posting and made sure to list experience that was relevant to their needs, and he did it first before fleshing out his lists with other impressive information. All these examples actually match the core competencies outlined in the job listing and will go a long way in selling Robert to his prospective employer.
  4. This is just one example of a concrete accomplishment, not just a list of duties. 20% is an exact number and it displays Robert as an effective engineer who gets actual quantifiable results.
  5. Here come the short, bulleted lists and lots of white space. This type of design is crucial for readability and attractiveness. Also notable is, because he is an experienced professional, job history comes first because it is the most relevant point.
  6. Skills are also tailored to match the employer’s needs, as is the education section.

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