What is a Mini Resume?

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What is a mini resume? A mini resume is a very brief summary of your education, work experience, credentials, and accomplishments. A mini resume can be used for networking or provided upon request to employers instead of a full length resume. 

Unlike a traditional resume, which lists each position as its own item, a mini resume sums up your overall experience in just a few lines. Bullet points are the best way to format a mini resume.

 A mini resume can be printed on the back of a standard size business card that has your contact information and title on the front.

When To Use a Mini Resume

In most cases, your traditional, long-form resume will be appropriate. But, a mini resume comes in handy at job fairs or networking events when you're meeting with lots of people and want to leave them with something more than a business card, but less bulky than a resume on a full-size piece of paper.

A mini resume is also useful if you're networking and want a contact to pass on your information to a hiring manager or recruiter. Rather than sending them off with your full resume, you can give them a mini resume to pass on, which contains all the basics the company needs in order to decide if they should pursue you as a candidate.

A mini resume in the format of a business card can also be useful to have on hand should you meet a potential business associate at random, as mini resumes can be more effective and informative than basic business cards.

Mini Resume Example
 

Front:
John Smith
Computer Programmer
848 Abbott Road
Stillfield, CT 08888
999-999-999
jsmith@abcd.com

Back:

Experienced, entrepreneurial, dynamic computer programmer.

  • Five years experience in successful design, development, and support of live use applications.
  • C++, Java, C, ASP.NET, SQL, MS Visual Studio, Eclipse, JBoss, Tomcat.
  • Certifications: CCNA, Unicenter Certified Engineer.

Also Known As: mini-resume

Examples: George gave a copy of his mini resume to his networking contacts.