Help With Writing Your Resume

So, this will start out as every other post does, thanking people who’ve helped with this idea! This list of people is @HackerHuntress, @spridel11, @diami03, the wife, justabill, and whiteb0rd. They helped me tremendously in getting my resume to where it is currently.

Now, with that being said let’s jump right in. Below is exactly how I have my resume. Here is a copy for yourself that you can adjust as needed.

First we have the header. 

First Last Name

ADDRESS

CITY, STATE ZIP

PHONE

EMAIL

CURRENT JOB TITLE

As you can see, it’s nothing incredibly fancy. I used Microsoft Word (2007) to create my resume so copying it to here isn’t exact with the alignment and such. This portion is pretty self explanatory. Starting off, make sure that the phone number you use is one that can contact you. The email, if you do not have an email account that is professional ie: first.last@whatever.com then you better get one! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard of people submitting a resume with some ridiculous personal email account, which in turn gets there resume sent to one place…the trash can. It’s easy, and sad, that I must say it but I wouldn’t if it weren’t true. Next is the Current Job Title. This is mainly for people who currently have a job but are searching for a new one. If you don’t have a job, I’d suggest putting whatever you WANT to do, ie security researcher or security analyst.

Summary
  • (Career field) professional currently pursuing a (degree) with a major in (major) from a (NSA CAE or similar). Seeks to compliment the skills of co-workers and advance the mission of the organization by providing technical expertise and business acumen in arriving at solid (career) solutions.

This summary should be the MAIN point of your resume. This is a quick summary of you that will explain why whatever company that is looking at your resume should hire you and essentially what they’ll be missing if they don’t. Starting off, you want to list yourself as a professional in whatever field you are in. In my case, Information Security professional, but this could be Human Resources or a hundred other possibilities. If you have or are currently pursuing a degree, then you want to highlight this in your first sentence. I have listed that my school is a NSA CAE, National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence. If you currently go to a school that is such a thing, you want to make sure it is recognized. If not try to highlight what your school is known for. Next, you want to explain why they should hire you. As you can see, I’ve crafted a very good sentence that basically tells them in extremely “fancy” terms that you want to improve their company and your co-workers abilities with your knowledge. At the end of this sentence, ensure that you tell them you want to help them arrive at solid “career” solutions, meaning information security or human resources or penetration testing (whatever your career is).

Experience
US Army

January 2006 – Present

Senior Information Systems Specialist
  • Oversaw Network Security Violations for 20,000 personnel and managing a team of seven.
  • Lead helpdesk technician for 300 people.
  • Maintained network and system communications for 20,000 personnel stationed in Alaska.
  • Configured and managed over 40 Cisco devices.
  • Managed Active Directory for 20,000 personnel.
  • Taught upwards of 150 personnel on information security.
  • Maintained satellite communications.
  • Performed vulnerability assessments with (program).
  • Information assurance management officer.

Strategic Security

August 2012 – Present

  Senior Intern

  • Authored numerous lab manuals for Strategic Security facilitating training courses worldwide.
  • Configured and operated common industry vulnerability scanner to include Nessus.
  • Wrote open source intelligence and penetration test reports.
  • Develop post penetration reports providing business with valuable finding and recommendations.
  • Familiar with exploit development tools.

As you can see, yes this is directly from my resume (as I stated above). When listing things you’ve done for each job you NEVER want to say I because it’s your resume, obviously it’s about you! Think of it as a third person description of what you’ve done or if you were writing someone up for an award or promotion. It can be very difficult, but take time and ask for assistance if you need it. The way these are typed up could be the difference between getting a job based off your skills and not getting a job because the skills you list don’t mean anything to the job you’re applying for.

Education and Certifications

MOST CURRENT SCHOOL/EDUCATION

  • TOPIC OF STUDY, DATE – DATE

ANY AWARDS (DEAN’S LIST, HONOR GRADUATE, ETC)

NEXT OLDEST SCHOOL/EDUCATION

  • TOPIC OF STUDY, DATE-DATE

ANY CERTIFICATIONS YOU CURRENTLY HOLD

Lastly, you want to list your education and, if you have any, certifications. The way I recommend listing your education is from most recent to oldest, ending with your high school or GED. Ensure that whatever topics you studied, be it computer science, theater, etc, is listed since this will most likely relate to the job you are currently applying for. With saying that though, if you mainly took theater and are applying for a computer science position, I don’t suggest you list it.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me on twitter, @drb0n3z, or comment below and I will respond when I have the chance. I don’t want to claim that I’m a professional at this, but I’ve been through a Department of Labor course specifically to help with writing resumes and finding a job in this terrible economy and have had help from HR recruiters (hackerhuntress). If you have suggestions as well, again don’t hesitate to contact me!

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