12 days of Cyber Security - 7 Steps to a Great Cyber Security CV
How do you make sure your CV stands out from the rest in the pack? And what skills and qualifications are recruiters and hiring managers looking for? Well, we’re here to help demystify all!
Our supportive and ever-helpful team at InfoSec People can help to get your CV off to a flying start in 2019. In addition to CV advice, when you work with InfoSec people on finding you the perfect new role, we offer you even more invaluable insights - because we’re your partner throughout the whole process, rooting for you every step of the way!
1. Qualifications and Education
Get qualified! Hayley, our Cyber Security Recruitment Partner who often focuses on roles such as Cyber Security Consultants, says that she would be looking for the following to stand out for her on a CV:
-CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)
-CISM (Certified Information Security Manager)
-CESG CCP (The Certified Professional) – depending on industry – this is Government related.
-ISO27001 Leader implementer (formally known as ISO/IEC 27001:2005) is a specification for an information security management system)
-a BSC or MSC (dependant on the role and company’s requirements) in Computer Science, Information Security or Cyber Security would also get you ahead of the pack.
2. Show off your skill-set
-What have you delivered in the past?
-What was the part you played i.e. did you lead an implementation or were you part of a team?
-Longevity; The length of service in a role demonstrates that you’ve worked on projects in depth and show solid experience and knowledge.
-Can you explain technical aspects in layman’s terms (which will help you to communicate and influence non-technical stakeholders)?
Having the right functional skills are important, but even if you don’t have certain software skills, there are so many courses out there that can give you a good foundation. And don’t forget to ensure your transferrable skills and personal skills stand out just as much.
3. Work experience and voluntary skills
Early on in your career work experience, internships and voluntary work during or after university can give you valuable skills and experience. It can really set you apart from other candidates when it comes to interview selection and even securing a job offer. Reach out to people in your network and companies for opportunities. Think about having a blog of thought leadership articles that can demonstrate your knowledge and interest in the industry. For previous roles that you’ve held, Hayley recommends that if she was recruiting for a cyber security consultant role she would look for the following on your CV:
-Information Security Analyst
-Information Security Manager
-Information Security Consultant
She would then look at specific technologies that her client was looking for someone to have experience in.
4. Be part of a Professional Association
The IISP (Institute of Information Security Professionals) offers Affiliate membership is for those who are aspiring to the profession and who would like to adopt information security as a career. No experience or qualifications are required to join at this level, and you get to benefit from the IISP training and workshops, meetings and much more. Additional levels increase as you gain more experience and qualifications.
5. Take the Cyber Security Challenge
Cyber Security Challenge UK runs a series of competitions designed to test your cyber security skills. They are created by a sponsor community; some of the largest security companies in the country, who are looking for the next generation of cyber defenders. It’s an opportunity for you to really show off your skills, be put under pressure, and to network with other key people. Having this achievement on your CV will be a valuable discussion in an interview.
Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and ask for recommendations from previous colleagues or clients to highlight your unique skills and experience. Attend industry events and introduce yourself, exchange cards or add new contacts on LinkedIn - you never know where a connection will lead!
7. Want more?
More tips and tricks can be found in our free, ‘Candidate Tips and Tricks!’ PDF. https://www.infosecpeople.co.uk/cms/resources/candidate-tips-and-tricks-2016.pdf