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Some helpful tips to keep in mind about the application process:  

  • Make sure that your resume includes the following:

    • Dates (month and year) for all of your work or volunteer experience (also include how many hours on average you worked each week).

    • Salary information.

    • Supervisor’s name and contact information.

  • On average, federal resumes are 2-4 pages in length. The key is lots of detail – but the right details. For example:

    • Don’t just list a database, tool or computer programming language; use a bullet point to demonstrate how you used them in your daily work or studies.

    • Answer these questions with your bullet points:

      • What were you challenged to do?

      • How did you go about doing it?

      • Who did the project affect or who was the customer?

      • What was the impact of your work? What results did you attain?

      • What metrics can you use to quantify your work/volunteer experience?

    • Make sure to include demonstrated experience that speaks to the following competencies:

      • Problem Solving

      • Oral Communication

      • Customer Service

      • Attention to Detail

    • In addition to the above four required competencies, general knowledge* for cybersecurity positions include: 

      • Cybersecurity and privacy principles

      • Computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies

      • Laws, regulations, policies and ethics as they relate to cybersecurity and privacy

      • Risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk

      • Cyber threats and vulnerabilities

      • Specific operational impacts of cybersecurity lapses
         

  • Be mindful of the closing dates, and be sure you complete each application in its entirety before the closing date. Some job applications require completion of a special assessment that will be emailed to you. Review the job announcement closely for this information, and if required, don’t forget to check your spam folder for the link to the assessment – your application is not complete without it!

 
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