Sometimes referred to as a traditional CV, a chronological CV is one of the most common types of CV used by recent graduates. Presented in reverse chronological order it displays your most recent experience and achievements first
Jo Smith 54 Long Street, Anytown, XP9 8JQ email@example.com 07777888999
I am a final-year maths undergraduate with customer service and sales experience in the energy industry. As a tutor and maths club coordinator I can explain maths concepts to all ages and abilities. I am keen to use my maths and commercial skills to train as an energy industry analyst.
University of Birmingham (2018-2021)
BSc (Hons) Mathematics. Predicted 2:1.
Modules included mathematical modelling, mathematics in industry, real and complex analysis and mathematical finance.
Any Town High School (2010-2017)
A-levels: maths, physics, chemistry. AS-level geography.
9 GCSEs including English language and English literature.
Inbound customer service adviser, Energex UK call centre (2018-2020)
- Helping customers assess energy costs and tariffs
- Ensuring quality and compliance standards during the switching process
- Meeting and exceeding sales targets consistently
Maths tutoring for 11+ (2017-2018)
- Assessing pupils level of maths and confidence in their abilities
- Preparing and delivering individual lessons
- 100% pass rate of students
Coordinated Year 7 and 8 lunchtime maths club (2015-2017)
I started Maths Buzz so younger pupils could enjoy and succeed at maths. I had to publicise the group and recruit members. I also had to devise a programme of weekly activities. We had a waiting list at the end of the first term and teachers reported that pupils were achieving more in class as a result of the club.
Activities and achievements
- Anytown High School Heads’ Award for School Service for creating and running Maths Buzz
- Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards.
Member of Birmingham University Cricket 2nd XI
Captain of Anytown School Cricket 1st XI
Member of Anytown Rugby Club Under 18’s XV
Please be aware that this is an example. Use it as a template to help generate ideas and structure your own CV but avoid copying and pasting. Your own CV needs to be original and tailored to the job you’re applying for.
Start your chronological CV with a concise statement demonstrating your motivation for applying for the job. While it’s important to list your educational achievements and qualifications, you only need to mention relevant modules.
When it comes to your employment history, recruiters are interested in any relevant experience, no matter the level so don’t leave anything out. Alongside your duties, be sure to mention any successes, with a brief description of what you did.
Volunteering is worth adding to your CV, especially if it adds weight to your skills or if it demonstrates skills and experience that you haven’t gained elsewhere. The same applies if you play a sport or hold membership to any clubs or societies – activities like this show another side to you.