Does Your Resume Read Like an Owners Manual…It Shouldn’t
Let’s face it, today’s job market is more competitive than ever. If you truly want to land your security dream job, it just may be time to spruce up your resume. By omitting some out-dated information and implementing some small changes you will be sure to get the attention of the best security management search firms.
- Omit the “Objective” Section: The objective section is self-serving. It tells the reader what you want and not why they should hire you. Instead, add a “Profile” or “Summary” section. This can highlight your experience and strengths which are specific to the position you are applying for. For instance, if you specialize in cyber security, create a quick reference bullet list to explain your strongest attributes pertaining to this specialty.
- Focus on Job Performance: In most resumes, the applicant states tasks performed rather than the accomplishments attained by preforming tasks. This is not the way to stand out in a crowded field. Instead of stating “Responsible for various security improvement projects,” paint a picture “Designed and managed $38M security consolidation project, covering North America and Europe including CCTV hardware and software, access control, analytics, perimeter security, policy and procedure which, reduced employee theft by 20% in 6 months.”
- Make Your Resume Skim-able: Security recruiters and hiring managers want to quickly scan your resume for information they feel is important to the position. Instead of using long, drawn out block text, create bold headings with a short bullet lists containing potent information and achievements. Believe it or not…HR and recruiters spend just a few seconds reviewing your resume to make an initial decision about your potential fit for the role to be filled.
- Keep it Short and Sweet: As a general rule of thumb, try to keep your resume around a page or two. Get rid of any information that you do not consider an essential skill for the position to which you are applying. Remember, you want the information you provide to illuminate you as the perfect candidate for the hiring firm. Think of your resume a sales brochure…it’s designed to create interest. It’s not the owners manual containing every detail about your work history.
The first step to writing a winning resume is confidence in your skills and a focus on the message you want your resume to deliver to the reader. In many cases, a perfect candidate can be overlooked due to poor resume format or using your resume to outline your job description instead of telling the reader about your achievements and accomplishments that demonstrate what your bring to the employer. If you are considering making a change within the corporate security or information security industry, dust off your resume and make these changes. You will be glad you did.