So you have the skills to defend a network (and possibly hack it too).
But do you know how to translate them onto a job-winning resume?
If you don’t, your resume won’t get read, and it’ll be filed alongside the candidates who couldn’t fend off a script kiddie.
Luckily, you’ve found this guide, and you can save your thanks for when you get the job. But watch out for those vengeful blue hat hackers who you beat to the mark…
According to the BLS, Cyber Security Analyst jobs are predicted to increase by 31% from 2020 to 2029, so now’s the perfect time to be on the hunt for a new role.
Get ready to land a job where you’ll hook the worms, quarantine the virus, burn the Trojan, neutralize spyware, unclog the DOS, and build a firewall that Dumbledore would be proud of. You’re a wizard.
Prove it in your resume.
This guide will show you how.
What you’ll learn here
- What a Cyber Security Analyst Resume looks like, with templates and examples.
- Which resume sections you need to include.
- What qualifications and certificates are important, and how to list them.
- How to write clear and impactful sections that align with the job description.
- How to get the hiring manager to visualize what you can do.
How to write a cyber security analyst resume
Take a piece of A4 paper and fold it into 3 sections. Top, middle, and bottom. The top third is reserved for directly answering the hiring manager’s most pressing questions.
You have 5 seconds to capture their attention. But how?
Take their job listing and write a resume that matches. Take note of the keywords they use, and exactly what they’re looking for in the “Responsibilities” section of the job description.
Do they want an analyst who’s eliminated CVE’s using C++? Created hardware and software upgrades with a programming language? If you have it, flaunt it.
Emphasize all of the skills and qualifications they’re directly looking for.
Applying for your first Cyber Security Analyst role? At a minimum, they need to see some kind of IT-related work. Do you have any experience with Homelab? TryHackMe? Hack The Box? Practical experience is a major asset as an entry-level Cyber Security Analyst
Get recruiters visualizing your abilities using descriptive techniques, like CAR (Challenge, Action, Result). What was the challenge? The actions you took? And the results?
That’s the best way to build their confidence in you – before you ever meet them.