Most CVs are no more than two pages long, and it's likely that a hard-pressed recruiter, with hundreds to choose from, will do no more than scan the first page before deciding whether to reject or proceed. As a result, the information you share must create maximum impact.
A chronological CV is designed to relay the story of your career life efficiently. This is to allow specific terms and skills to shine, capturing the attention of whoever is reading it.
Creating a chronological CV is a bit easier than putting together a functional CV. Perhaps, to practice, it would be a great idea first to form your chronological CV. From there, you can then create your functional one.
First, there are a few points to keep in mind when preparing your CV, so it can easily be picked up by an ATS (applicant tracking system).
Generally, a chronological CV will be laid out in a standard format:
These days including a photo with a CV, is becoming less common. In some countries, such as the U.S., the UK, and Ireland, this may contravene anti-discrimination laws and could result in your CV being rejected.
It's a matter of choice whether you add a personal statement. At best, it can be an overview of who you are, a chance to market yourself, and a statement of what value you can bring. At worst, it can turn into a tedious boast and a list of meaningless buzzwords.
So, if you choose to add a personal statement:
Chances are, this is the first part of the CV that a recruiter will scan. Therefore it has to be straightforward and easy to read. If you have extensive work experience, there's no need to go back more than ten years. Start with your most recent work experience and work your way backward.
In this section, directly under 'Professional Experience,' list your academic achievements, starting with the most recent and working backward.
Most recruiters will have taken everything they need to know at this stage, from the CV's main body. However, there are a few additional points which you can include if they may be relevant to the application:
When it comes to mentioning hobbies, going to the cinema and socialising are too bland and not worth mentioning. However, if you prefer dressing as a vampire and sleeping in a coffin: maybe better to wait until you've got the job before sharing.
A CV in a chronological format should be an easy read. It is meant to tell the story of your career logically and easily, and give an insight into who you are. By tailoring each CV, you send to show how you can add value; you increase your chances of gaining that coveted interview invitation.