Writing a Mini Resume

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What is it?

A mini-resume is a condensed version of your resume that highlights your strongest skills or assets – whether it is accomplishments, work experience, credentials or education. Most mini-resumes are printed on the back of business cards. These mini snapshots work effectively as a networking tool or as something you can give to a prospective employer when a full-length resume is not necessary.

Benefits of a mini-resume

The benefit of having a mini-resume prepared is that it often gets you noticed, especially in situations where you are competing with many others for a position. Handing mini-resumes out to old colleagues or friends can open doors that were previously closed if they distribute them for you, or they are the perfect way to make sure someone remembers you from a chance meeting. Likewise, dropping one at every table at a job fair is more likely to make you stand out from others.

What to include on the front

In writing a mini-resume, you must keep it brief. The back of a business card does not provide much space. You want to make every word count. If you already have a business card, your mini-resume is easily added to the back of it. However, if you do not have a business card, create one using one of the free templates, business card websites or software solutions available online or in a word processing application. The front of your business card should only include contact information and a tagline if you would like to include one. Include the following information:

First Last Name
Street Address
City, State, Zip
Cell and Home Phone
Email Address
Website URL
LinkedIn Profile (if applicable)

What to include on the back

The back of your business card is where the important information for the mini-resume goes. Before deciding upon which information to include, make a list or outline of all your accomplishments, credentials, work experience and education experiences. From this list, pull the most important aspects or those that truly define you and the career path you seek. You should aim to list at least three lines of information in bullet format, with your educational information, if applicable, listed at the bottom.

Try to avoid cramming as much as possible into a mini-resume; this is a snapshot of your resume, not a full-length one that tells everything there is tell about you. Too much information on such a small space is likely to discourage prospective employers from straining their eyes to read your qualifications.

A mini-resume example

You want to include key components of your experiences and skills to highlight what you do best. If you have multiple certifications, you can create one bullet for a list of them all on one line. If the list is extremely long, include the most important ones. Aim for creating at least three, but no more than four bullet points. Within these, you want to incorporate key skills, accomplishments and specific abilities and skills. For example, if you are a website developer without much experience, the back of the card might include the following bullet points:

  • One year experience with development of web applications and standalone software across several database platforms
  • Proficient in ASP, Java, HTML, XHTML, DHTML, Javascript, XML/XSLT, VBScript, IIS, CSS, PHP, MySQL and Oracle
  • Strong in both frontend and backend site and database design. Sample sites: myfirstwebsite.com, mysecondwebsite.com, mythirdwebsite.com
  • Underneath the bullet points, you include your education experience if applicable:

  • Education: University of Web Development, BS in Web Design and Development, 2011

On a business card, this sample resume would look something like the following front and back images:

Tips for creating a mini-resume

When creating a mini-resume, keep a few things in mind:

  • A mini-resume is not the same as a full resume.
  • A mini-resume provides a quick view of your top skills, qualifications or accomplishments to prospective employers in a quick, easy-to-read format.
  • A mini-resume is a networking tool.
  • A mini-resume must always contain truthful information.
  • A mini-resume should display clear, concise and grammatically correct writing.
  • A mini-resume is easily printed on a larger note card or partial piece of paper if you do not have a business card – just laminate copies of it.