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  • Jackhole
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    Originally posted by Mr. Security
    If I am applying for a supervisory position in security, then a resume is appropriate. Low paying entry level security positions only warrant an application, IMO.

    I once had a security company ask me for a resume for a low-paying s/o position. I wanted to mock them by asking them if they thought I was inquiring about a VP position. Instead I politely said thanks, but no thanks.
    I showed up to my interview with a resume for a ~$12/hr. position.

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  • Mr. Security
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    Resume

    If I am applying for a supervisory position in security, then a resume is appropriate. Low paying entry level security positions only warrant an application, IMO.

    I once had a security company ask me for a resume for a low-paying s/o position. I wanted to mock them by asking them if they thought I was inquiring about a VP position. Instead I politely said thanks, but no thanks.

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  • Jackhole
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    Try to keep your resume at one page in length. Any longer and the reader will lose interest.

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  • N. A. Corbier
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    It depends on the interviewer. When I was tasked with selecting potential applicants, I would look at resumes for the following, with preference by listing:

    State Security Officer License
    State Firearm Permit
    Prior Military (Vet Owned - Vet Pref)
    Prior Florida LE
    Prior Florida Armed Security
    Prior Other State LE
    Prior Other State Armed Security
    Prior Security

    IFPO meant nothing to the company I worked for, nor did ASIS. Basically, you had to have a license, a firearm permit. Mil came before cops. Florida cops are pre-trained in Florida Law. Prior FL Armed Security was also pre-trained. Police from other states needed trained in FL law, as did security.

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  • FederalSecurity
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    histfan71,

    What you have said is something that I haven't heard very much. I was

    always under the impression that a resume is just another way of "selling

    myself", and so I guess that's why I've always tried to list the most I could.

    Thanks for the advice, histfan71.

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  • FederalSecurity
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    HotelSecurity,

    You have some sensible advice there, because I have also heard that any

    resume should be two pages at the most. If there is any way I can, I need

    to shorten mine as well. Thank you.

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    As someone who had to regularly read resumes and set up interviews, here are my opinions.

    Any resume should only be one page; maybe two pages at the most if you have a lot of experience/education relevant to the job you are applying for. I wouldn't even look at a resume that was longer than two pages.

    Listing your career objective is a must, as are licenses and certifications, especially if the job your are applying for requires specific certifications. Any resume I received that did not list the minimum certifications specified in my employment ad went right into the garbage without a second glance.

    I would recommend not listing any hobbies, interests, etc. on your resume, unless you desperately need to fill some space on the page. I always wanted to know about an applicant's activities outside of work, but I would save those questions for the interview. All I wanted to see on an applicant's resume was that the applicant met the minimum standards for experience, education, and licensing that I set. More in-depth information was asked for in the interview.

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  • HotelSecurity
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    As someone who does the hiring I want one that is short & sweet. I don't like the ones that are 10 pages long, with photocopies of diplomas received for every course ever taken. List them on the CV & if I want to see them I'll ask. (Just my 2 cents!)

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    Originally posted by FederalSecurity
    Hey JimmyHat,

    You've got some excellent advise for me to think about as well. Sorry

    to hear about the ex, but congratulations on the resume! Heh Heh!! I'm

    actually raving about that idea about the college courses that relate to our

    field! I would have never thought of that in a hundred years. I'm going to

    really look into that suggestion about what improvements I took from where

    and how they will help me contribute to the next position. Thank you for this

    advice, Jimmy.
    Fed, I took that post down for no other reason than my own reasons. I'm glad you could take something from it while it lasted, I've had some success with that format in the past.

    I have different formats for private, state, local, and fed. All of which have been successful. if you're working on something specific, shoot me an IM and I'll be glad to help out if I can.

    Good luck.

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  • FederalSecurity
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    Hey JimmyHat,

    You've got some excellent advise for me to think about as well. Sorry

    to hear about the ex, but congratulations on the resume! Heh Heh!! I'm

    actually raving about that idea about the college courses that relate to our

    field! I would have never thought of that in a hundred years. I'm going to

    really look into that suggestion about what improvements I took from where

    and how they will help me contribute to the next position. Thank you for this

    advice, Jimmy.

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  • FederalSecurity
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    Richard,

    Thank you for this advice. I'm going to attempt to integrate some of this

    into my resume. Right now my resume is structured like this:

    1) Objective

    2) Career Path (Jobs)

    3) Accreditations (Licenses and Certifications)

    4) Awards Received

    5) Education

    6) Miscellaneous (WPM Typed, Computer Knowledge, Languages, etc.)

    7) References

    Although I personally do not see any need for marital status, hobbies,

    etc., I am going to bump my education to my number 3 slot and consider

    about how to utilize the duty experience under each position and stress my

    involvment when applicable. Thanks again, Richard.

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  • hrdickinson
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    Resume

    Here are my suggestions for whatever they are worth:

    First Section - Professional Goals and Objectives

    Second Section - Work History is descending order. List all significant achievements, or experience under each employer.

    Third Section - Educational Information

    Fourth Section - List of professional associations including your personal involvement

    Fifth Section - Personal Data such marital status, kids, hobbies,

    I would try to keep it to two pages if possible (play with the fonts!)

    Stress your personal involvement in decisions, analysis (i.e. "Member of a six person team chosen to analyze...")

    Good Luck!

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  • FederalSecurity
    started a topic How is your resume set up?

    How is your resume set up?

    Hey everyone. For my first thread, I thought the subject of how a resume

    should be structured would suffice. So how about it? Aside from your duty

    experience and your education, what else do all of you think is warranted?

    What do all of you think about objectives, hobbies, licenses and certifications,

    awards recieved, organizations and associations, etc.? Aside from that, how

    many pages do you think is necessary? Tell me what all of you think. Any

    answers will be appreciated and thought hard over.

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