This chronological resume for Kenneth Baker (not his real name) emphasizes a very steady career progression, and de-emphasizes a recent layoff.
Sample Resume for Laid-Off Job Seeker (a new window or tab will open for all sample resume links).
After graduating from college Kenneth got an entry-level customer service position at a hardware manufacturer. He liked the administrative side of his work and found that co-workers and his supervisor depended on his organizational and leadership talents, which encouraged him to start focusing on a career in management.
After a year on his first job, he won a position as Clerical Supervisor at a clerical outsourcing agency that served corporate clients. In four years, he was ready to move up the ladder a little more, so he applied for his most recent job as project team leader and administrative assistant at a real estate development firm.
Unfortunately, he just got laid off and is now looking for a new job.
Notice how the richness of his career path is clearly presented in this chronological resume format.
This resume was written in 20105. If Kenneth's unemployment lasts beyond December 31, 2015, he would need to insert a relevant activity (such as a volunteer position, consulting, or professional training) at the top of his Experience section so there would be no apparent gap in his professional life.