Tailoring your resume to fit the specific qualifications of the cyber security job you are applying for will help push your resume to the top of the pile. Understanding a company’s unique needs and practices while also remaining truthful about your expertise is key. It’s important to clearly write out your previous roles, functions and skills on paper and elaborate further in an interview. For these reasons, your resume is of the utmost importance because it is the first impression you are giving to an employer.
One of the first tips we recommend is to throw out your objective statement. This takes up an unnecessary amount of space on your resume and employers already know that your objective is to get a job your passionate about. Also keep in mind that the information you provide in an objective statement can be emphasized in your cover letter. Cut off the dead weight and make room for more important information.
Exercise a bullet format because less is more. Make sure to highlight your important qualifications towards the top of your resume and always organize it by your job history starting with your most recent role and be sure to include the company name as well as the city in which you worked. Another tip to keep in mind is trimming the fat on bulleted sentences. Filler words such as “and” “a” and “the” can most often be omitted to keep it concise. The more recent the job, the more bullet points. No need to list ten bullet points for a job you held twelve years ago, especially if it’s not a role similar to the one you are applying for.
Proofread your work. This could not be more critical. Too often people have the skill set to excel at a company, but their grammar or spelling errors on their resume paint them in a bad light. Try reading your resume backwards. It’s easy for your mind to trick you into seeing the correct spelling of words so reading your resume backwards will help you catch common spelling mishaps and grammatical errors. This also demonstrates that you are the type of individual that pays attention to detail.
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