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July 2006

Information security resume do's and don'ts

We all know an employer looks at a résumé for 30 seconds. Here are some surefire tips for standing out in the stack. Do: Write an appropriate objective statement (or omit it all together). Most employers will not read on if the objective does not match the position that they are hiring for. For example, if a candidate were applying for a manager of network security position at a financial services company, an effective objective statement would look like this: "Objective: To find a leadership position that enables me to utilize my five years of experience as a lead network security engineer and technical project manager at a global investment bank." Objective statements, however, are not a necessity. If a company has multiple positions that interest you, don't paint yourself into a corner. Focus on the position you're applying for. The résumé should be geared toward the requirements of the specific position. (It's OK to have different résumés for different positions, but be careful about just changing the objective statement--it...

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