Resumes v Profiles – What’s the best way to find a job you love? 

Resumes are seen as an essential part of the job search today. Leonardo Da Vinci is credited with creating the first resume in 1482 and in the 538 years since, the basic format of the resumes we create has changed only marginally. Concurrently, 38% of cyber professionals are experiencing overwork and burnout, causing widespread workplace stress. In an era of ever-improving technology, should we be considering another approach to job seeking that empowers career satisfaction?


What is a resume?

Resumes are a tried and tested way to organize your experience and skills, prepare for an interview where you’ll be talking about yourself, and communicate your personality to prospective employers. They’re a trusted medium, understood by professionals and organizations alike. Resumes often use the same format – they lead with personal information, then list roles and previous work experience and highlight the things that we deem to be most relevant to the position in mind. 

However, resumes fail to represent the true value that professionals have to offer. Vital task and project information is often missing, with personal details prioritized instead. Resumes also allow hiring managers to focus on certain groups that they want to hire or subconsciously look for things they understand, such as education, previous companies, or even names - leading to inadvertent hiring biases.  

As a result, diversity cannot be achieved, job screening is poor, professionals waste time interviewing for jobs that don’t fit them, and job seekers end up settling for roles they don’t love. And if they don’t love them, they won’t stay in them – retention in the cybersecurity industry is particularly poor, with the average tenure of a CISO now only 18-24 months.  

In an era of ever-improving technology, we need a better way to find each other, enable inclusive behavior, and match with the right jobs, fast.


What is a CyberSN profile?

A CyberSN confidential public profile is built interactively by job seekers to highlight the tasks and projects that they’ve worked on. In addition to being tailored towards SEO and applicant tracking systems (giving you an advantage over recruiting software systems and exclusionary algorithms), profiles are built using the same common language as our CyberSN Job Taxonomy – made up of our 10 cybersecurity job categories and 45 functional roles.

This means that our profiles use the same language as our job descriptions, making the matching process and communication between professionals and organizations seamless. With a CyberSN profile, there’s no need to decide which areas of your experience are relevant for a job – we let you know why your unique profile matches the role. After you’ve built it, a profile is yours to export and use as you wish.

While our profiles are public and easily searchable by organizations, your personal data is not - eliminating the fear of employer reprisal and unconscious hiring bias. A major factor that’s missing from job boards and career resources is up-to-date, cybersecurity-specific salary information, with relevant salary information often restricted to more general IT jobs. CyberSN is one of the only places to find comparable cybersecurity-specific salary information, which is constantly updated with the latest data. This helps you understand your worth to an organization as your career progresses.

As well as applying to jobs, your profile lets jobs apply to you. Whether actively searching or not, a profile on CyberSN allows employers around the world to find and present job opportunities that will match your experience. Don’t wait to look for a job only when you desperately need one – always be looking for a role you’ll love, even if you are in one you don’t (or do).

A CyberSN profile is also an effective way of assessing: skills to develop, past projects worked on, and potential training opportunities. Professionals can streamline their career development by using their profile for performance reviews, mapping which certifications they require, and negotiating salary increases, offering more control over your career development.

Check out a sample CyberSN Profile and discover how it can provide you an advantage in your next job search. 


Doubling down on your job search

A traditional resume is probably not going to be enough to find a job you love. Increase your chances of finding exciting opportunities and represent your unique value with a resume and a CyberSN confidential public profile. Our profiles mean you’re judged on your experience and nothing else, ultimately improving your workplace satisfaction.

Our profiles are proven to boost employee retention levels, with 53% of Cybersecurity professionals placed by CyberSN still working for the same company 4.5 years later. Creating a profile takes only a few minutes and gives you access to our matching tools, our network of professionals, and our marketplace of 60,000+ cybersecurity jobs across the US.

Increase your chances of finding and being found by roles that fit with a CyberSN confidential public profile