"This is a very small community and we all talk. This person claimed to have had several direct reports when they had none. They also claimed to have headed up a security awareness program at the organization, which was also not true. This stuff catches up with you." (CSOonline has previously looked at how to spot fake job references, another disturbing trend that has grown in the tough job market.)
5. Consider getting a mentor
If your resume isn't getting the attention you hoped it would get, look for a mentor who is in a career, and at a level, you hope to be at some day. Snyder said this may be particularly helpful for folks coming from a physical security or government background.
"People coming up from the physical side of security have some of the worst resumes," said Snyder. "The business environment is relationship driven. They come from an environment that is authority driven. That doesn't work in the business environment. They need to understand how to deal with the engineering staff as well as sit in the board room and deal with the C-level executive team."
Finding a professional who has successfully bridged from physical security to a converged position, or from public to private sector, can go a long way into finding ways to make yourself more marketable, said Snyder.
"They need to be connected to someone who has made that transition. Someone who has gone down that rocky road and taken their lumps."
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