Resume Tips from WiCyS Sponsors

Posted by Kathleen Smith

WiCySCyberSecJobs.Com is proud to partner with the Women in Cyber Security Conference which will be held in Tucson, AZ, March 31 – April 1.

The conference features keynote presentations from industry leaders such as Diane Miller, Director of InfoSec Operations and Identity Management, Northrop Grumman; Linda R. Medler, Director of Cyber, Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) Advanced Missile Systems (AMS); J. Radowicz, Security Engineer, Google;  Rinki Sethi, Senior Director of Security Operations and Strategy, Palo Alto Networks and Lisa Lafleur, Chief Information Security Officer, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS).

During the conference there is a Career Event and students participating in the conference are invited to upload their resume to so conference sponsors can review resumes prior to the conference and possibly set up interviews.

We asked some of the conference sponsors to share their advice on resume Do’s & Don’ts.

DHSU.S. Department of Homeland Security

Resume Do’s

  • For those with minimal work experience, elaborate on academic work – list courses taken, any special projects, research or papers completed. When submitting a resume for a government, realize that the government likes lots of detail so a 2 page or longer resume is not too much, unlike the private sector.
  • List all your certifications .
  • For current students, list university attended, degree sought, major and expected date of graduation near the top of the resume.
  • Include a cover letter explaining how your background and skills will be of value to the organization and the specific job for which you are applying, even if the job posting doesn’t ask for a cover letter.
  • Always have someone else – a teacher, friend — proofread your resume and cover letter.

Resume Don’ts

  • Don’t use acronyms.
  • Don’t include an Objective unless you make it specific to the particular job you are applying for. The person reviewing the application knows you are looking for a job.
  • Don’t forget to doublecheck spelling and punctuation.

Palo Alto NetworksPalo Alto Networks

Resume Do’s

  • Use a logical format and wide margins, clean type, and clear headings.
  • Include a one- or two-line job description first, then list your accomplishments.
  • For each point ask yourself, “What was the benefit of having done what I did?”
  • Work backwards to quantify your accomplishments by asking, “If I had not done X, what could have happened?”

Resume Don’ts

  • Include year of birth, a photograph, or citizen status.
  • Use a vague objective like, “Seeking an internship in Technology.” Be as specific as possible and tailor it to an open job when applying.
  • Forget to proofread everything. Have a friend or mentor give you feedback and ensure spelling and grammar is correct.

Indiana UniversityIndiana University Center for Security Informatics

Resume Do’s

  • Have someone proofread your resume.
  • Customize each resume to match each job posting
  • Follow up an application by trying to contact a person in the company on LinkedIn.

Resume Don’ts

  • Use titles “Miss” or “Mrs.” This assumes marital status. Leave off this salutation in short emails.
  • Put people down as references without asking them first. is proud to support the Women in Cyber Security Conference, and the development of careers for women in the cyber security field.

This entry was posted on Monday, February 06, 2017 12:36 pm

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