Alumni Resume

Below is a list of categories typically included in a resume for alumni looking for a promotion or for another position. Greater focus is paid to a summary of your qualifications and outcomes and accomplishments from your professional work history.  Also, trying to create a personal brand for yourself may help you stand out in the job market. This resume should be concise and limited to 1-2 pages.

 Contact Information:

  • Include:  your legal name, address, professional e-mail address, telephone number
  • Position information at the top of first page
  • Link(s) to website, professional social network site, online portfolio (optional)

 Professional Summary or Summary of Qualifications:

  • Create a strong impact in this section with your own unique personal brand
  • Focus on accomplishments, vocational milestones, accolades and key abilities
  • Highlight any specific skills or areas of expertise you have
  • Skills should be concrete, and pertinent to the job you are applying to
  • Try to avoid using skills that reflect your personal demeanor (i.e., friendly)

 Professional Experience:

  • List in reverse chronological order
  • Include position title, company name, city and state information, and start and end dates (dates optional)
  • This section can be called other names (e.g., Relevant Experience, Work History, etc.) and you may include one or more of these categories on your resume if applicable
  • Avoid using personal pronouns (e.g., I, me, my, etc.) in descriptions
  • Begin each point or sentence with an action verb; include goals accomplished, projects completed, and new skills gained
  • Be sure to highlight skills and abilities that match up best with the position you are applying for
  • Include description in paragraph or bullet list form that discusses your type of work, level of responsibility, supervision provided to self or others, outcomes of projects, achievements, promotions, positions held that led to current position with employer, and work awards
  • Do NOT report salary information
  • Do NOT include reason for leaving job/position


  • List any advanced skills in this section (e.g., computer, certifications, trainings, language competencies, etc.)


  • Include all memberships in professional associations
  • List in reverse chronological order
  • Include level of membership (e.g., affiliate, student, full, etc.)
  • If it is not well known, include brief description of organization
  • For all organizations, list role/offices or projects you were a part of
  • Include any special committee memberships


  • List in reverse chronological order
  • Include name of institution, city and state, degree earned, graduation month and year, major, GPA (optional) for each institution
  • Include scholarships, honors, and/or awards for each institution here or under another category
  • Do NOT include high school information
  • Include information of all graduate/professional programs you attended, even if you did not obtain degree (including study abroad)


  • Check with references BEFORE providing their names and contact information
  • References should be placed on a separate sheet of paper
  • Be sure to: spell references names correctly, use proper titles, include position title, company name, address, and a contact telephone number and/or e-mail address



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The Pennsylvania State University (2014). “Resumes and Cover Letters.” Retrieved from: