How to Craft A Personal Statement On Your CV Successfully As A Cyber Security Professional

How to Craft A Personal Statement On Your CV Successfully As A Cyber Security Professional

More times than not, it is multiple recruiters or HR professionals that read your CV before the person potentially managing you.

In a world where your skill set is in high demand but what is expected of you in the roles on offer is still exceptionally tough, your CV still needs to set a precedent of what to expect of you in person, at interview.

It’s all too easy for HR professionals to get lost in placing the value of a CV in the keywords relating to skills or qualifications necessary for the role on offer. The reality is that the successful candidate for the role needs to have the right skills and attitude to provide a benefit to the existing team and wider company culture.

A judgement of this aptitude is likely made within the first few seconds of reading your CV, with how you introduce yourself.

But how much does personal bias influence a non-technical person’s view of your CV, and how can your description of yourself keep their candidate search focussed on the important element of your job search – finding and securing the right job opportunity for you.

We asked our team of recruitment consultants on what some of the Do’s and Don’ts were of the ‘personal statement’ section of an average CV, which is generally placed at the top next to contact information.


  • Keep it focussed to the role you are applying for, e.g. “A Technical Security Architect who has designed secure and resilient enterprise-grade systems and solutions for FTSE 250 companies and cutting-edge technology providers, with a particular focus on securing web applications and services. Looking to further develop my ability to combine a deep technical security knowledge with a strategic and pragmatic approach to protecting organisations in a technical security leadership role with an international remit”
  • “The best CVs are well presented, made with a professional template, stand out, short and to-the-point and contain all the key words relevant to the person’s role”
  • “For sales CV’s list achievements at the top of the page. Even before you have said where you are working”
  • “I think it’s important to have a couple sentences explaining your background/experience and what you are looking for moving forward. Some candidates will have lots of experience in a specific area so I will send them across to a consultant and then once we give them a call we find out that they are fed up of specialising in this area and want to move into another area. It saves a lot of time when you know exactly what they are looking for”


  • “I would say where candidates allude to the next role and ambitions that they should be realistic and appropriate, and they should avoid mentioning how many years of experience they have (that shouldn’t be how you measure your ability). It should cover broad expertise with some mention of anything they feel they are a specialist in. Don’t say, I want to be a CISO (unless it really is that next step!)”
  • “Anything useless that should be taken as given e.g. “I am a hardworking, reliable person”. To me, this is like applying for a job at a bank and promising not to steal the money”
  • “Also, anybody (and I’ve seen this more than once) who starts with a quote. I’m not joking I once saw a CV with a Jordan Belfort quote on the top. Just why?”
  • Don’t send out a tailored version of your CV out to a job that’s requirements are even slightly out of remit; “Usually the CV is used for various roles but it is an instant turn off If they use the personal statement to pitch for role ‘A’ but applied for something very different”
  • “Personal statements that go on too long are also a turn-off as are any that try too hard to be quirky. “I like to play chess with my cat in my spare time” etc. The only place, for me, where this is just about acceptable is for those who work in branding. It’s par for the course there”

Don’t think it’s all that important to focus on the first few sentences? One of our team members with over 10 years’ experience in our cyber security recruitment agency noted the following:

“The ability to write a decent summary of themselves that is current and aligns with their ambitions. It’s an area I suspect gets neglected in CV updates and so doesn’t grow in line with their career.

Given the focus of security hiring managers to find people that can articulate to the business, I feel like it’s a good ‘tell’ as to whether someone can take something broad and complex, and write about it succinctly at a high level.”

Want someone to read over your CV and give some advice? Our team of expert consultants are happy to help. Send your CV in to us for a recruitment appraisal.

Confident in your CV writing skills? View our latest vacancies.

Our accreditations & Partners

  • REC Member
  • VTC - Virtual Technology Cluster
  • RANT Events
  • Bloom Nepro
  • YPO
  • Crown Commerical Service
  • Disability Confident
  • ISO 9001
  • Armed Force Covenant
  • Cyber Essentials Plus
  • ISO 27001





Thank you for signing up to the acumin alerts.

Send CV

Send us your CV and have our recruiters match you to the ideal opportunities

Do you already have an account with us?

Log in

Want to have an account with us?


Want to just send us your CV?

Upload only doc, docx, odt, pdf format file.

By submitting your registration and CV to us you are agreeing to join our database and to be contacted about relevant jobs industry communications. Please read our terms of business for more information.

Password reset

If you need a reminder for your password, fill out the field below

Log in

Access your account to edit your contact details, job alerts or to upload a new CV

Thank you


Thank you for successfully uploading your CV.

Acumin Alerts


Thanks for registering for Acumin alerts.

Acumin Alerts

Unfortunately your CV could not be uploaded

Please make sure your CV is one of the following file types: doc, docx, odt, pdf, rtf

Acumin Spam

Unfortunately your submission has been declared spam. Please try again.



Thank you for submitting your vacancy.


Create an account to register your contact details, sign up for job alerts and upload your CV


Thanks for registering for Acumin alerts. To get the most out of Acumin's service why not register with us?

Upload only doc, docx, odt, pdf format file.
- Practitioner
- Commercial

I agree to the terms and conditions and to be contacted by recruiters:

I agree to receive marketing communications relevant to my job search:

I agree to receive Jobs By Email for the following professions:
- Business Continuity Management
- Counter Fraud
- Cyber Security
- Executive Management
- Governance & Compliance
- Information Security & Risk Management
- Penetration Testing & Digital Forensics
- Sales and Marketing
- Sales Engineering
- Security Management
- Technical Security
- Information/Risk Assurance
- Identity Management
- Application Security
- Security Architecture
- Dev/Sec Ops
- DV & SC Cleared Jobs
- Programme & Project Management

Submit a Vacancy

Use the form below to submit a vacancy