Chronological CV

A chronological CV is commonly used and widely recognized. Subdivided in a number of fixed categories, it emphasises your education and/or employment history. This CV is a good option when:

  • you have recently graduated and you're starting your career
  • you already have some work experience

A chronological CV will be structured differently depending on whether or not you have work experience. If you are just starting your career, you should focus on education, internships, extracurricular activities, holiday jobs and experience abroad. If you have worked for at least 2 years, emphasise your work experience by describing it first and in the next heading talk about your education.

Since most employers will be primarily interested in your most recent activities, the reverse chronological order is the most advisable one.

If your history shows time lapses, do not try to conceal them. Just mention what you did without giving too many details and be prepared for questions during the interview.

Below you can find the different components of a chronological CV. For more in-depth information, check each section individually.

Basic elements

Personal information



Extracurricular activities


Computer skills



Optional elements


Especially when there is no room for a cover letter (e.g. online forms), people like to include a profile in their CV. In this section you briefly state what kind of person you are and what skills you have. The more you adjust your profile to each individual job the better.

Professional objective

You can include a professional objective if you have a clear idea of:

  • the basic and essential job requirements you want to see fulfilled in your future job;
  • your next career move and the contribution you can make to a specific company.