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View Poll Results: Listing order
Forward chronological order 2 22.22%
Reverse chronological order 7 77.78%
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Old 03-26-2019, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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I'm curious what the consensus is as to the listing order for job experience on resumes. Which job to list first, then second, etc.

Traditionally, or at least going back several decades, I always heard that the approach is to list them in forward chronological order.The oldest first, then more recent, to the most recent.

Lately, I'm hearing reverse chronological order, with the most recent first. I've also seen this most of the time online, with online data entering.
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Old 03-26-2019, 11:27 AM
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Location: Raleigh-Durham, NC
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Reverse chrono. I've been writing resumes for 25 years and have NEVER seen one prepared by my colleagues listing jobs oldest to current.
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Old 03-26-2019, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Reverse chrono. Your most recent and relevant experience should always take the front seat. HR people and recruiters don't always read an entire resume before making a judgment. It would look really weird IMO seeing a job you left 10+ years ago at the top of your resume.
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Old 03-26-2019, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Mars City
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Reverse order seems backwards, at least to me. I understand the logic above, but it's a history, and history can only go from older to newer. It's probably also from having done it that way for decades.

There was a big gap in time - several decades - when I wasn't looking for work, and it was probably in that period that the order was changed.
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Old 03-26-2019, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Reverse chron. Your most recent job is most relevant, so include it up top where it is easy to find by the screening manager.
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Old 03-26-2019, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Mars City
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Reverse chron. Your most recent job is most relevant, so include it up top where it is easy to find by the screening manager.
What if the most recent job is not the most relevant? About half of the time these days (for me), that's the case. I know, that's not ideal, but what I face in a less-than-favorable job market. The previous job tends to be more significant, and more applicable to what I'm trying to continue.

In this case, the danger with the most recent position first is that the resume might get skipped over if they only see that and quickly decide to move on. I'd like to "hit 'em" with something more powerful to keep them reading. So it would be the risk of going out of order vs. the risk of being passed over.

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Old 03-26-2019, 04:36 PM
 
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You can try a functional resume. Or one with "skill sets" and accomplishments up top.


There's also the style of dividing experience into "relevant experience" which would up top, and "additional experience" which could be further down (even if it is more recent.)
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Old 03-26-2019, 04:40 PM
 
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put your "best foot forward".
list your best/relevant skill first.
give the time-line later.
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Old 03-26-2019, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Mars City
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...Or one with "skill sets" and accomplishments up top.
I do put a summary at the top first, then the specific jobs and specific details below.
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Old 03-26-2019, 07:38 PM
 
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newest job first. Don't put more than 10 years experience, or dates of degrees, otherwise you get age discriminated.
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