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8/19/2020
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10 Resume and Interview Tips from Security Pros

Experts from the DEF CON Career Hacking Village explain how job seekers can build a resume and rock an interview.
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Don't Let Someone Else Write Your Resume

Resumes remain an essential part of the hiring process, said Kris Rides, CEO of Tiro Security, in a talk about resume tips. A resume/CV is not only a first impression of your professional skills, it's a test of the overall communication skills you'll bring to a role as well as how effectively you communicate in writing. You want to do your best, but it's important you write it yourself.

"This is supposed to be you," Rides emphasized. "You should be the one who's putting your resume together. It represents you and it represents your career history. You must write it."

Can you look at others' resumes for advice? Of course. Rides encouraged chatting with industry recruiters, friends, and contacts to see who might be willing to share their resumes or offer a second set of eyes to review yours. There's no problem in using another resume as a template.

Paying a professional resume writer may be easier but could easily backfire as resumes must be industry-specific. The cybersecurity industry has its own requirements, Rides explained, and most resume writers aren't familiar with the details. A person who writes a generic resume will likely miss critical parts that cybersecurity hiring managers expect.

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