If the Federal government can be hacked, there’s no doubt your future employer might be a wee bit paranoid about their data and systems. You may not have the skills of Edward Snowden (and, if you do, don’t mention it at the interview), but you certainly can prove you're not a big security risk, either. Here are some skills and things you want to highlight to improve your security standing on your resume, no matter what entry level job you’re applying for in the future.
Top 5 Things to Brag about When It Comes to Security
Here are 5 ways you can brag about those skills without seeming like a wannabe Snowden:
- Highlight Security Software and Hardware Skills - Most all IT professionals have some experience with security issues. Only a subset of those have direct experience with incident management, response, and analysis of security risks and protocols. If you have that type of highly sought-after skills, put that information in your resume and mention it in the interview.
- Give a Real-World-Example - Did you have someone try to rip off a password from you? This may seem trivial, but the steps you took to lock down your data will clue your employer into how well you might do in the event their systems are breached.
- Mention Any Security Certifications - No real-world experience? No problem! If you took time to get certifications that included security protocols, like network administration, then you have training that you can brag about to your future employer.
- Learn How to Automate Security Processes - If you know how to automate audits, or establish procedures that locks down data automatically, you'll be in high demand for new grad jobs.
- Be Proactive, Not Just Reactive - Show your employer that you take security on-the-job seriously and take charge of your own behavior by signing up for internships, seminars, workshops, and classes dealing with on-the-job security.
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