Here are a few things you’ll notice about this chronological resume example:
- Clear and concise job objective statement. It answers the employer’s first question when reading the resume: How can this job seeker help me with my bottom line?
- Degree after her name in the heading. We know from the heading that Sarah (not her real name) has a doctor’s degree (she put M.D. after her name). Although she doesn’t want to work as a doctor, she wants the employer to know that she has a medical background that will help in her medical/pharma sales job. This alone might put her ahead of her rivals for the job.
- Summary statements are in the right order. The most relevant (sales skills) is listed first, followed by her medical background.
- Job history highlights a successful career change. The chronological format helps the reader see Sarah’s previous career change into her current successful sales career.
What I love about this resume is its get-up-and-go. Sarah is clearly a flexible person who can move from one career to another, and from one country to another — all part of an upward career climb. Her next employer will be lucky to have such a forward-moving person on his team.