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by Meridith Levinson

Resume Makeover: How an Information Security Professional Can Target CSO Jobs

Jan 27, 20122 mins
CareersData and Information SecurityIT Leadership

Executive resume writer Donald Burns helps an information security professional position his resume for management-level infosec jobs.

Cole Hanson’s career goal is to become an information security executive. Currently, he serves as a high-level information security professional with the U.S. Army. In February, Hanson, who is also a reservist with a rank of Lieutenant, will start a new job with the Marine Corps as the technology integration officer and deputy for its Communications Directorate. In this new position he will act as a project manager and oversee a major network infrastructure replacement.

Hanson accepted this job with the Marines because he possesses years of project management expertise and because it will give him some supervisory and staff management experience which he hopes will eventually position him for a CSO-type job.

Hanson says he applied for management-level information security jobs at the same time that he applied for the technology integration officer position with the Marines, but he was overlooked for all of them. He blames his rA(c)sumA(c) for not effectively selling himself.

At a whopping seven pages and 3,100 words, Hanson is probably right to fault his rA(c)sumA(c), which he says he plastered “with anything and everything I’ve ever done.” Hanson thinks it worked despite its length to help him get his new job with the Marines because it highlighted some specific technology acquisition skills that the Marine Corps was seeking.

Hanson says he knew his rA(c)sumA(c) was too long, but like many job seekers, he didn’t know how to pare it down. As a reservist, Hanson possesses both military work experience and civilian work experience. That essentially gives him double the work experience of the average, non-military job seeker.

How to organize his military and civilian work experience was another significant challenge for Hanson. He says he had always heard that his rA(c)sumA(c) should be chronological, with his most recent work experience at the top. His concern with following a chronological format was that employers would see how his military deployments as a reservist frequently interrupted his civilian work, and thus, would be reluctant to hire someone who could be sent to Korea or Kuwait at any time. (In fact, discriminating against members of the Armed Services is illegal.)

Hanson needed a résumé makeover.