“You really aren’t qualified”
“You haven’t keyword-optimized your resume or application”
“Your resume isn’t formatted properly”
“Your resume is substantially different from your on-line profile”
“The company received 500 resumes for one job posting and yours was the 499th”
- I’ve received and reviewed resumes that are vague and ambiguous. Not only do these resumes not contain complete sentences with complete ideas around qualifications, accomplishments and value, many of the resumes I've reviewed are nowhere near what an executive Information Security Resume or IT Risk Management resume should be.
- I’ve seen resumes that are formatted with significant creativity. While creativity might seem like a way to make your resume stand out, as the consumer of multiple resumes per day times 22.5 years of consuming resumes, I’ll suggest that simple, logical and straight-forward is the best formatting choice you could choose to adopt for your security resume.
- Last week I had a client decide to not pursue a candidate because his resume told a substantially different story than the story his LinkedIn profile told. The solution? Make sure your on-line presence lines up with your resume.
- Last week I spoke to a client whom I share a strong relationship with. A corporate security professional I’m also close to asked me if I could put in a good word with my client to help him get his resume to the top of the pile. My client told me that they’d received over 400 resumes in just a couple of weeks and although they’d seen my friend’s resume, they passed on him because nobody knew him. When I finished telling my client that my friend would receive my highest reference for personal character, his resume was immediately included in the small stack of 10 resumes my client was going to pursue.
- If you haven’t written a resume that demonstrates accomplishments and value, you’ll likely be overlooked when competing for CISOJobs or CSO Jobs. For that matter, if you’re chasing down a Security Engineer Job or a Security Architect Job, not presenting a business focused security resume will cause your resume to get buried at the bottom of the pile.
- If your resume isn't balanced with the right keywords or buzzwords combined with well-written content, you’ll likely make it to the bottom of the pile.
- If your resume can’t be visually scanned in 5-15 seconds to the extent that the reader knows who you are, where you are, what you are, what you do, how long you've done what you do and how you’re educated and credentialed, your resume will not float to the top of the pile.
- Your resume and your LinkedIn profile should have many similarities. Some will suggest that your LinkedIn profile isn't an on-line resume. I suggest that you think of your LinkedIn profile as an on-line resume. The LinkedIn profile doesn't need to carry the same amount of content as your resume but the on-line profile and the document you’re using to market yourself (your resume) should have similarities and you shouldn't be telling two different stories.