Reverse Chronological


Also Known As: The reverse-chronological resume; The "normal" resume; The "regular" resume; The "chronological" resume.

Use When: You have strong work history and seeking promotion in same line-of-work; When you are changing companies BUT NOT changing industries; When you are looking to advance within the same line-of-work.

1. This will be the best resume for you if. . . you have a good work history; you have had no time-gaps; you have not had numerous job changes; you are looking for another job in the same field or a related one; you have worked for a prestigious company that carries some weight in your community.

2. The advantage of this resume is. . . It is the most common type and is preferred for most situations! It is very easy to follow; It shows job stability; It can show steady growth in responsibility; It emphasizes job titles and companies you worked for; It describes duties and accomplishments.

3. The disadvantage of using this resume is. . . It can possibly emphasize "job hopping." It can infer too much about your age; It can show lack of experience or lack of expertise in an area; It can draw too much attention to gaps in employment.


Andrew Emerson Fitch
# 27-K Private Drive Southwest
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
(660) 111-1111, Message Phone


Sewing Machine Operator, Warrensburg Manufacturing Company, Hallsville, Missouri, 1989 to 1996

  • Operated and maintained light-industrial sewing machines.
  • Sewed pockets to jeans and utilized double needle sewing machines to attach collar and bands, side seam and hem dresses, blouses, and pants. 
  • Visually inspected finished product assuring quality standards were maintained. 
  • Adapted production to different types of machines and operations.

Temporary Dispatcher, G. T. E. Telephone Company, Warrensburg, Missouri, 1982 to 1987

  • Typed files and maintained accurate records of calls in, out, and service requests. 
  • Dispatched service orders to contractors for immediate service.

Sewing Operator, Gayle’s of Mid-Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri, 1972 to 1982

  • Operated industrial sewing machines to sew collars and bands. 
  • Consistently met and exceeded production quotas and goals.



Woodcrest Technical Institute, Warrensburg, Missouri

Course Work Included Automated Office Technology and Office Management

General Educational Development Diploma, The Career Center, Warrensburg, Missouri



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References for: (Center the age headings, bold them, and make them 15 point font)

Allison Glenne Vickers (Your Name Here)


Dr. O. J. Rhone (all else should be centered but 11 point font to match rest of resume), Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Central Missouri State University
# 121 Social Science Building
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
(660) 123-4567


Mr. Jack Rogers, Supervisor
Rogers Manufacturing
1031 Nottingham Road
Centerview, Missouri 64065
(660) 987-6543


Ms. Rachell Colebank, Personnel Manager
Old Faithful Government Center
1219 Seventh Street
Higginsville, Missouri 64081
(660) 345-6789


Rev. Bob Ingle, Senior Pastor
Warrensburg Baptist Center
1302 Gay Street
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
(660) 876-5432


This is one sample of a reference page. Remember, use three to five complete references and always attach a reference sheet with a resume-- don't wait for a prospective employer to request one.

Note: Putting "REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST" at the bottom of a resume is like putting a period at the end of a sentence–it tells the reader, "The end."

NEVER hand out your resume NOR send out your resume without accompanying a page of references. This tells the reader that you are a step ahead of others and ready to get the ball rolling!

By the way, make certain that your references receive an updated copy of your resume BEFORE you start using them as a reference!


Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron!”

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Robert J. Vickers
Artful Askers
P.O. Box 1225
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093