Thursday, October 04, 2012

How To Write A Security Resume

Writing a Security Resume

Jeff Snyder here again with yet another thought generated from seeing an overwhelming amount of email dropping into my Inbox every day. 

A resume arrived announcing the availability of a security professional services leader.  My first reaction was that the timing might be good as I was on the phone with the CEO of a professional services firm earlier in the week.  Though the contract isn’t mutually agreed upon and/or signed just yet, I very well might soon be looking for someone who can build a security professional services practice from the ground up within an established company that currently delivers services in the ERP, CRM and custom software development space in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Reviewing the Resume

I opened the resume and began to read.  It was a nice looking resume.  The formatting was good.  The font size was good for my worn out eyes that look at a computer every day.  Everything was on the resume was placed in a logical order.

The 15 Second Visual Scan

These were the conclusions I came to after visually scanning the resume for 15 seconds, the amount of time that just about anyone who is data-overwhelmed will have to review a resume for the first time.

Reading the Resume’s Content

After the 15 second scan, I went back to the top of the resume to take a closer look at the resume’s content.  Resumes aren’t actually read in a 15 second scan, they’re scanned.  I started to read the resume’s bullets and stopped very close to the top of the first job’s content.

Here is a bullet that exists under the candidate’s current employment.

·         Developed a program designed to maintain and develop current clients.

From this bullet I can glean that the person who owns the resume developed some kind of program that maintained and developed clients.  This is good news but not enough news.  Where’s the news that tells me about the value that was created for this person’s employer by implementing this program?

A New Resume Bullet Concept

Instead of writing a resume that presents bullet after bullet that tells a reader what you were hired to do.  How about writing a resume that also tells a reader what you actually did and write about the value you created for your employer. 

In this case, the writer could have told me (the reader or consumer of his resume) that this “program” he created generated $2 Million in new revenue over a 2-year period and caused the company to retain two clients whose revenue was worth $750,000 who were about to move on before the program was implemented.  With this information, I'm intrigued to read the next bullet to find out what else this person's efforts produced for his past employers.

Security Resume Writing

Resume writing is not a science.  Resume Writing is an art.  You can create a resume that is appealing to the eye.  In fact, there are probably 1000 or more formats you could choose to build your resume around that are “pretty” to look at. 

What separates great resumes from average resumes is a very fine line.  That fine line separates those who write about what they were hired to do from those who write about what they’ve accomplished, what they’ve contributed and what makes them stand apart from the crowd.

Get Security Resume Writing Help if You Need It

There is nothing wrong with turning to someone for help.  When my transmission isn’t performing correctly, I take the car to a mechanic.  I understand how a transmission works and I know what the bottom of my car looks like by way of changing my own oil.  However, when it comes to working on a transmission, the job requires expertise and the right tools.

If you’re an outstanding technologist but business and creative writing isn’t your thing, find someone who possesses the skills you don’t possess. 

How to Find a Security Resume Writer

The best choice for a security resume writer is someone who as a security recruiter, sits between security job candidates and the hiring officials who hire security professionals.  This person knows more about what an employer looks for in a security resume than anyone else.  This person should obviously have strong business and creative writing skills but they can’t just have creative writing skills that produces “pretty” resumes. Finally, you should look for someone whose security resume writing skills has already helped their past clients to open career opportunity doors.

The price of the resume writer’s help is minimal compared to your ability to open a new career door that might generate a $10,000 salary increase that you’ll live with from this point forward.

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