5 Resume Basics for a Budding Cybersecurity Career
You'll need to add resume tactician to your skill set in order to climb up the next rung on the security job ladder. Here's how.
Cybersecurity professionals are trained to secure, fix, and prevent security breaches and cyberattacks. To become a cybersecurity professional, you need to have your head in the game. But more than that, you also need to be an excellent resume tactician because it takes impeccable industry-relevant experience and credentials to get short-listed for the job of your dreams.
These five tips can help you elevate your professional resume to the top of the list:
Tip 1: Result-Oriented, Detailed Job Experience
A great way to do this is by crafting the details of your roles and responsibilities into one-line bullet points of your action-oriented accomplishments, which is a strategy espoused by Princeton University. For example:
● Prepared reports to document security breaches and damage caused by them, leading to a 90% reduction in security breaches
● Supervised penetration testing to locate vulnerable issues in the systems to avoid exploit
This illustrates a cause-effect relationship to showcases the reason behind the actions performed and what the results of these actions were. In the first point, the action and results are:
● Action: Report preparation
● Result: Reduction in security breach
Similarly, in the second point, the action and results are:
● Action: Supervising penetration testing
● Result: Location of system issues and avoiding exploit
Tip 2: An Impactful Summary
Most recruiters tend to browse through resumes in a jiffy because they just don't have the time to critically analyze each and every job application. This means that job seekers need to communicate the details of their work trajectory in a short three- to five-line resume summary. The goal of your summary is to effectively communicates career highlights and key achievements. For example:
Cybersecurity professional with six years of experience and a proven track record of establishing effective security software for any system. DoD security clearance. Background in internal/external penetration testing to protect systems against breaches and fix damages caused.
Tip 3: A Distinct Skills Section
You are no one without your skills in the job market. But having skills is one thing; being able to communicate what those professional skills are is another. Consequently, if your cybersecurity resume does not highlight your functional skills under a distinct section, you're doing it all wrong. Why? Because recruiters, in their limited capacity, would simply move on to the next resume if they have to try too hard to identify your skills.
Here's a valuable piece of advice: Create a distinct Key Skills section in your resume and list all your relevant skills under it. Doing this will drastically help increase your short-list chances because recruiters will be able to identify your functional skills in one go, and if they match the criteria that they're looking for, you'll most likely be called for an interview.
Tip 4: Education and Certification Details
Something as obvious as presenting your education and certifications details is critical for demonstrating that you have attained the relevant theoretical knowledge necessary for a cybersecurity career. This should include:
● Name of school/university
● Name of the courses/certifications pursued by you
● Location of the degree/certificate-issuing body
● Enrollment and graduation dates
Tip 5: Up-to-Date Contact Details
While this may seem obvious, don't make the surprisingly common mistake of sending out your resume without mentioning important contact details that would prevent a potential employer from getting in touch with you. So, while you're busy polishing your resume, make sure that you've listed up-to-date contact information, including:
● One functional mobile number
● An email address
● Your current location
Finally, make sure that you compose this section with the precision of a surgeon because you cannot afford to make innocent blunders such as spelling mistakes. One wrong or missing letter and number, and you'll never hear from a recruiter!