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Resume Template: Reverse Chronological Resume

Resume Templates - Reverse Chronological

The reverse chronological resume is the most common and traditional type of resume. With this resume format, you list your relevant work experience in reverse chronological order, beginning with your most recent position and proceeding backwards. For each job, you provide dates, location and the name of your employer, and succinctly outline your key responsibilities and achievements.

The advantage of using the reverse chronological format is that it helps to highlight your upward career progression and continuous work history. Those who have had gaps in their employment, who are changing careers or who have a long work history may wish to consider using a functional resume format or one-page career summary to better outline their skills and experience. Confused? View summaries of the benefits of each resume template.

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Name
email@email.com
0499 999 999
Linkedin.com/in/name/

Career Profile or Capability Statement

Provide a snapshot of your area of expertise, experience, most marketable/relevant skills and abilities, and unique offering.

Career Summary

Name of organisation
Role
Month year – present
Name of organisation
Role
Month year – Month year
Name of organisation
Role
Month year – Month year
Name of organisation
Role
Month year – Month year

Education

Qualification
Name of Institution
Year

Achievements

  • Insert achievement statement
  • Insert achievement statement
  • Insert achievement statement
  • Insert achievement statement
  • Insert achievement statement

Employment History

Name of organisation Month year – present
Brief description of the organisation: what it does, its annual turnover/revenue, where it is represented, how many employees it has
Role purpose and importance
Statement about what the role does to deliver outcomes aligned with the organisation’s strategic objectives. Include the scope and size of the role, who it reports to, how many people you manage, size of budget and what your role delivers to the organisation
OR
Key Responsibilities
This is a tactical list of what you do using active, dynamic verbs. It needs to succinctly outline ONLY your most important responsibilities.
  • Brief points about responsibilities
  • Brief points about responsibilities
  • Brief points about responsibilities
Achievements
  • Context, action and measurable, specific result
  • Context, action and measurable, specific result
  • Context, action and measurable, specific result
  • Context, action and measurable, specific result

Name of organisation Month year – Month year
Brief description of the organisation: what it does, its annual turnover/revenue, where it is represented, how many employees it has
Role purpose and importance
Statement about what the role does to deliver outcomes aligned with the organisation’s strategic objectives. Include the scope and size of the role, who it reports to, how many people you manage, size of budget and what your role delivers to the organisation
OR
Key Responsibilities
This is a tactical list of what you do using active, dynamic verbs. It needs to succinctly outline ONLY your most important responsibilities.
  • Brief points about responsibilities
  • Brief points about responsibilities
  • Brief points about responsibilities
Achievements
  • Context, action and measurable, specific result
  • Context, action and measurable, specific result
  • Context, action and measurable, specific result
  • Context, action and measurable, specific result

Follow this format to cover the last 10 years in detail. For positions prior to the last 10 years, role details and achievements are generally less relevant, so can be covered briefly.

Professional Memberships

Name of association
Name of association

Professional Development

  • Insert name of courses or accreditations
  • Insert name of courses or accreditations

Referees

Available upon request.

See an example of a completed Reverse Chronological resume.

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