How to Write a Resume With Presentations (With Tips, Templates and Examples)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated April 9, 2021

Published February 25, 2020

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Writing a resume that includes presentations and public speaking events is an effective way to showcase your communication skills. Presentations related to your career field can demonstrate your subject knowledge and industry expertise, provide evidence of your skills and qualifications and help your resume stand out to employers. In this article, learn when to include presentations and how to include them in your resume, with templates and examples to guide you.

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When should you include presentations on your resume?

Including presentations or public speaking events on your resume is most suitable when relevant to the job you are applying to. For instance, if you are applying to a job in sustainability and you created a presentation about the benefits and applications of solar energy, it can be an effective element to include on your resume because it showcases your expertise in your field as well as your commitment to your career advancement.

Several more instances when you should add your presentations to a resume include:

  • Relating your public speaking events to roles where regular meetings, conferences and presentations occur as part of the job requirements

  • Listing presentations where you volunteered as part of a project or event to educate an audience about a specific topic related to the job description

  • Highlighting presentations that position you as an industry leader or expert in your career field

  • Connecting your past speaking events and presentations to the organization's mission or goals

  • Presenting at special events as a guest speaker to share research, data or other innovative projects related to new developments in your career field

It's important to leave out any presentations or public speaking assignments you completed as part of your work or education requirements. Employers typically look at these types of presentations as necessary responsibilities. Instead, highlight these types of presentations as the tasks you completed under your educational or work history rather than in a separate resume section.

Learn more: 10 Resume Writing Tips to Help You Land a Job

How to include presentations on your resume

The following steps show you how to write your resume to include presentations, public speaking events and other conferences you participated in:

  1. Create a section for presentations.

  2. Place the most relevant presentation first.

  3. Include the presentation title in italics.

  4. List the name and date of the conference.

  5. Provide examples of the presentation topic.

  6. List related publications with presentations.

1. Create a resume section for presentations

First, create a separate section in your resume for listing your presentations. For instance, format your presentations underneath your work experience, educational background and any additional information relevant to the job (like volunteer experience or paid internships).

2. Place the most relevant presentation first

Next, place the most relevant presentation first. For example, if you have multiple presentations, list the one that connects the most with the job description. Then, include your additional presentations beneath the first, especially if they emphasize your proficiency and industry knowledge.

3. Include the presentation title in italics

Then, include the presentation title in italics. If the presentation has a long title, try to use a shorter version of it to briefly convey what your presentation is about.

4. List the name and date of the conference

Underneath your presentation title, list the name and date of the conference or event where you gave your presentation. Include the month and the year. Additionally, list your presentations based on what is most relevant to the job rather than in reverse-chronological order like your employment history.

5. Provide examples of the presentation topic

Under the presentation title, provide some brief examples or details about the presentation topic. For instance, include the most pertinent aspects that you addressed in your presentation. For multiple presentations include the main topic that you addressed.

6. List related publications with presentations

Finally, if you have any publications such as academic articles, research journals or other publications directly related to your presentations, include them in this section of your resume. This further emphasizes your commitment to your career.

Related: Resume Format Guide (With Tips and Examples)

Tips for including presentations on a resume

Consider these additional tips when you write a resume with presentations:

  • List your presentations only if they are relevant to the job you are applying for.

  • Leave out conferences or events that you attended if you did not speak at them.

  • Include any accolades or awards you received for your presentations to highlight your recognition.

  • If you partnered with a co-speaker, use a modifier next to the presentation title such as 'co-speaker' to signify your involvement in the presentation.

  • Provide some details about your presentations in your resume summary so employers see evidence of your expertise right away.

Templates

Several formatting approaches are effective for including presentations on a resume, and you can tailor the following templates to suit your unique circumstance:

  • Listing a single presentation

  • Highlighting multiple presentations

  • Listing presentations with accolades

  • Listing presentations with related publications

Listing a single presentation.

[Presentations:]

[Presentation title in italics]
[Conference or event name], [date]
[Main points of the presentation]
[Provide some details that tell employers about the nature of your presentation]

Highlighting multiple presentations

[Presentation title in italics: list the most relevant or important presentation first]

[Conference or event name], [date]
[Topic addressed]
[Presentation title: list additional related presentations underneath your first entry]
[Conference or event name], [date]
[Topic addressed]

Listing presentations with accolades.

[Presentations and awards:]
[Presentation title in italics]
[Conference or event name], [date]
[Topic addressed]
[Award], [details about the award]

Listing presentations with related publications.

[Presentations and publications:]
[Presentation title in italics]
[Conference or event name], [date]
[Topic addressed]
[Related publication: publication title in italics]
[Magazine, journal or organization name], [publication date]
[Topic addressed as it relates to your presentation]

Download Resume Template
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Examples

Use the following examples to guide you when writing a resume with presentations:

  • Example listing a single presentation

  • Example with multiple presentations

  • Example presentation with accolades

  • Example presentation with publications

Example listing a single presentation

Presentations:

The Effects of Glyphosate on Endocrine Health
National Medical Research Summit, March 2017

  • The chemical composition of Glyphosate as it relates to cellular breakdown within the endocrine system

  • Nature of recent scientific findings

Example with multiple presentations

Presentations:

Tactile Instruction: Using Kinesthetic Approaches in the Classroom
Colorado State Educator Conference, September 2018

  • Regarding movement-based instructional approaches for supporting student achievement

Differentiated Instruction Explained
Colorado Conference of Student Educators, February 2019

  • Invitation to guide undergraduates through the foundations of differentiated instruction to support diverse student learning levels

Example presentation with accolades

Presentations and awards:

Innovations of Design
IBM Technology Design Seminar, August 2016

  • A theoretical approach to hardware design and development

  • Microsoft Partner of the Year Award, 2017
    Fast Company's Innovation By Design Award, 2017 Best Innovative UX Design

Example presentation with publications

Presentations and publications:

Techniques in Early Childhood Education
Association of Early Childhood Educators annual conference, June 2018

  • Techniques and approaches to scaffolded instruction for early childhood and primary education

Related publication: Using Scaffolded Instruction in the Primary Years
Education News Report, March 2017

  • A peer-reviewed article on the scaffolding methodology of instruction

Related publication: Approaches to Early Childhood Education
Education Today Magazine, April 2016

  • A research study on early childhood academic achievement using scaffolded instruction


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