About Half of Employers Preferred Chronological Resume in Survey


Almost half (49.4 percent) of surveyed employers said they prefer chronological resumes, according to results from the 2010 Orange County Resume Survey.* Almost 39 percent preferred a combination of a chronological and functional resume format, while just under 6 percent preferred a purely functional format, 3.5 percent had no preference, 2.4 percent preferred a portfolio. Given strong sentiment against any type of functional format reported by employers in recent years, the finding that more than a third in this survey preferred a format with combined chronological and functional elements is surprising. Respondents likely had widely varying concepts of what a “combination” format looks like. A chronological format is always the safest choice, but some situations — career change, employment gaps, lack of clear career path — call for chrono-functional formats. Thus, it’s encouraging that, at least in this survey, employers were open to these combo resume formats.

*The 2010 Orange County Resume Survey by The Center for Career and Life Development, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA, Eric Hilden, Career Placement Officer, was distributed by email to 2,000+ employer contacts in Orange County and shared online employer contacts in Orange County and shared online via social-networking sites including Linkedin.com and Twitter.