5 Key Tips for Writing a Resume Tailored to Fit a Security Management Job Posting
5 Key Tips for Writing a Resume Tailored to Fit a Security Management Job Listing
When applying for positions in security, a cookie-cutter, basic resume is not enough to separate yourself for these competitive roles. Positions in physical security, cyber security, corporate security management and leadership can be very specialized. In addition, organizations today place heavy emphasis on soft skills and culture fit as part of the hiring decision. Therefore, your resume must reflect this to be considered.
When seeking a new security career opportunity, the first step must be to update and tailor your resume for each position you apply to. The tips described here for writing a resume designed to fit a security job posting can help you standout at from the very outset of the hiring process.
- Investigate the organization and compose the language of each resume appropriately.
As you begin to customize a resume for a specific position, research about the organization where you would like to work. Go to the company website and review the “About” section or “News” and read relevant information about the overall organization. Review LinkedIn to see if you have a contact in your professional network whom you can tap for insight. The goal is for the employer to see a foundation between you as a possible candidate and the organization’s overall mission.
- Emphasize relevant specialized skills and experience.
Many applicants resume I review will list every seminar, training, and certification the security practitioner has ever been a part of. Resist this temptation to overwhelm your potential employer with your entire list of credentials. Instead, highlight areas of your background that correspond or compliment the organizations specialization. For example, if you are applying for a security management position at a firm where you are overseeing a team of security officers, be sure to note your experience working with contract security and or a proprietary security staff. Appropriately balance the weight of your varied areas of experience, emphasizing what most relates to the role you are seeking.
- Get specific with concrete numbers and data.
Too often resumes list where someone worked and then go on to read like a job description. This does nothing to convince the reader you are qualified for the role they wish to fill. You are not telling your story by painting a clear picture that includes the scope of your roles, accomplishments and details in your resume if it is filled with generic information such as, “Managed security functions and physical security.” Instead, offer specifics like this:
- Reduced vendor count by 5 and saved $247k in annual maintenance spending and $480k in labor costs; Total savings $1.45M. Developed a cost-effective risk-based security program across operating companies in 72 global locations.
- Saved bottom-line costs by negotiating vendor contracts, including one with a 22%, $1.44M / 5-year cost reduction while improving system-wide equipment and service levels.
- Reduced global manpower by 20% while improving security operations after orchestrating an organizational transformation to converge cybersecurity, business continuity, physical security, and risk management functions enterprise wide.
- Lead award winning change efforts resulting in sustained improvements in compliance audit from a 58% compliance score in 2016 to 83% compliance in 2018 to a 97% compliance in 2019.
- Demonstrate your insight of current regulatory changes and security industry trends.
In a tightening regulatory landscape, security management professionals must stay current with security industry trends and compliance requirements. When detailing recent work experience or accomplishments on your resume, try to note a situation that addressed a current trend or regulatory change that relates to the position you’re seeking so the potential employer can notice you’re on top of the latest industry developments.
- Avoid an “Objective” statement
An “Objective” statement on a resume today is not only outdated, it can be detrimental to your chances of securing an interview. Instead, write a succinct summary of qualifications at the beginning of the resume, best done by using bullet points. This section of the resume should also be tailored to the job you are applying for by incorporating elements from the job description. Be sure to stick to skills and expertise in this section and not your experience. Keep in mind that resume experts or online examples can help make sure your resume is not stylistically outdated.
By following these tips for writing a resume, you may end up with several resumes with the same format but, varying content. Make sure they are well organized and easily available so that when calls for interviews start coming your way, you can review specifics and customize one from your template library.
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