3 Skills You Must Demonstrate on Your Resume for an Information Assurance Job
A career in information assurance can be both lucrative (e.g. average pay is $76,969) and rewarding. However, landing a job in this career field can be challenging, and you need to prove you're the right person for the job. In addition to obtaining the right education and demonstrating you fully understand the technical aspects of the job, here are three additional skills you need to show you're capable of doing on your resume.
Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills
A large portion of your job as an information assurance analyst is assessing risks associated with obtaining, storing, and transmitting data, identifying ways to neutralize threats, and implementing solutions in the most effective and least disruptive manner. All of these tasks require a high level of analytical skill and, to make things even more challenging, you often have to do this is a fast-paced environment where you may not have all the time you want to thoroughly investigate a situation before acting (e.g. ongoing hacking attempt on company servers).
This is such an important skill, that it should be the most prominent thing on your resume. You can do this by highlighting things you have had to gather information, interpret it, and use it to solve complex problems. For example, write down when you were put in charge of a team who had to develop a piece of software within a short period of time. You can also reference times you use you analytical skills directly (e.g. analyzed employee processes and increased productivity by 22 percent).
Each entry for your previous job should somehow demonstrate your analytical and problem-solving skills and experience.
Another important skill you need to demonstrate is your ability to communicate with others. You will be generating a lot of reports for and talking to many different people/departments in the course of your job. You must be able to communicate in a clear manner understandable by experts and, sometimes, by people who don't know the first thing about information assurance (e.g. clients).
First and foremost, your resume should be well-written and as free from errors as possible. It'll be difficult to convince a future employer you have great communication skills if your resume looks like it was written by a grade school child. Resume writing is a skill in and of itself, so don't hesitate to have someone help you write it or at least proofread it for spelling and clarity.
Second, include instances when you put your communication skills to test. For example, write down that you facilitated meetings, developed manuals, and spoke at conferences. You can put this information in the job section or a separate skills section on your resume. You may also want to list any communication tech you may be proficient with (e.g. Microsoft Word, Skype) so potential employers know you're comfortable using them.
Despite what you may see on television and in the movies, you will not be sitting alone at your desk in a dark corner hacking away at your computer. Sometimes you will work alone but, more often than not, you will be working with other people. At times, you'll actually be in charge of groups of people trying to solve a particularly perplexing issue. You must be able to work well with others as well as get others to follow your instructions.
Interpersonal skills can be demonstrated on a resume through any type of group or leadership activity. If your role at a previous job involved working with customers, for example, make sure you put that under the appropriate heading. Be aware, you will need to also demonstrate your interpersonal skills when you go to the interview, so be prepared to be evaluated on that if you get the call to meet with the HR manager.
For more information on skills to include on your resume or help finding work, contact a local recruiter with insights on information assurance jobs.