Sample Chronological Resume

A chronological resume is what most people picture when they envision a resume. It lists jobs held, starting with the most recent, and describes duties performed in each one. It is a good way to show job skills that you've acquired, as well as to show a progression in those skills. A good thing to add to a chronological resume is a Qualifications Summary, where before you describe your jobs, you stress five or six key abilities/characteristics that you want to "jump out" at the reviewer. This helps achieve some of the focused nature of the functional resume, while maintaining the format of the chronological resume.

Below is a sample chronological resume.

Thomas Erickson
654 North Street
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 849-8490


1995 - 
  Information Security Supervisor 
Electronic Systems; Bethesda, MD 
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate 15 technical and Help Desk personnel in processing data access requests, documenting practices and procedures, and handling ad-hoc customer requests 
  • Evaluate and analyze existing and proposed security standards/policies, recommend changes, and investigate impact of proposed corporate security changes 
  • Lead bi-annual audit preparation process, formulating corrective actions across 20 information centers nationwide
  • Develop and teach user training classes; develop and review documentation 

1993 - 


Security Analyst 
Data Systems Intl.; Silver Spring, MD 

  • Evaluated security concerns of transitioning and testing current architecture into proposed architecture, as well as assessing impact of proposed changes to resources, cost, risk, and schedule 
  • Prepared detailed Security Transition and Test Plan, addressing current system status, proposed timeframes, requirements, functionality, testing scenarios, and compliance criteria 
  • Ensured ongoing compliance with audit standards, working directly with 25 local customer accounts
  • Performed troubleshooting of network access problems and resolved security violations 
1990 - 
  Data Security Administrator 
Computer Systems Resources; Rockville, MD 
  • Coded and maintained computer access privileges through use of corporate security products, and handled ad-hoc customer requests 
  • Documented security policies and procedures, and maintained reference library 
  • Identified, analyzed, and solved user problems and security violations 


Computer Security Association, 1992 - present (Director of Continuing Education)
Society of Computer Security Professionals, 1993 - present (Vice President 1996 - present)


B.S. Computer Science, University of Virginia; Charlottesville, VA

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