A panelist recently asked me, “Can I put that I was a panelist on a resume?” Honestly, I had never thought about that since I haven’t written a resume in 30 years.
Initially, I thought, “Sure! Why not?”
But then again, I would only add your panel experience to your resume if the topic or the panel is relevant to the job you are applying for. For instance, if you are applying for a job in marketing and you moderated a panel or were a panelist on the topic of marketing or at a marketing conference, I would certainly include it. Your experience(s) showcase your expertise in your field as well as your commitment to the industry.
According to Indeed, they suggest you “create a CV section labeled, ‘Academic Conferences’ and include appropriate subsections for panels you have organized, papers and posters you presented, and panels on which you served as a co-participant or part of a collaboration. List the subsections according to your role or type of involvement…and place the most relevant presentation first.”
Here’s a handy format to use to include your experience as a panelist on a resume:
Your Role (Panel Moderator or Panelist), Panel Title, Event Name or Host Organization, Location, Date, and if necessary, any details that tell employers about your involvement on the panel. (Usually, the panel title will be enough, but you just never know!)
If you participated in many panel discussions and/or presentations, choose the top five to include based on how impressive the venue was or which are most recent.
A finished entry would look like this:
Panelist, Marketing for Small Business Success, Chamber of Commerce, Phoenix, AZ, September 12, 2023.
So simple to include your experience as a panel moderator or as a panelist on a resume!
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