I am currently working for a major automotive company, but the position is only a contract position and it ends in about a month. My manager would like to make it a full-time permanent position and is working on selling it to his managers who ultimately will be making the decision.
In the event that he can't convince management that security is important I will be out of work so I have started searching for a new job. I am mostly happy with my resume, however, I have a couple of questions.
The first is that I can easily make it 3 or even 4 pages long and still relevant, but I assume this is too long for someone still just getting into the field and usually longer resumes are used only when applying for executive level positions (and even then 4 pages may be considered a little too long). So how long should it be? Is 3 pages too long? Or am I just worrying for nothing. I can work it down to 2 pages, I'm just wondering if that's necessary.
The second question is about including personal interests on a resume. Do you do it? If you're an employer does it affect your decision at all? Most people who include it say that it shows employers that you're well rounded but I get the feeling that employers don't care if people can play the guitar or speak Japanese or whatever unless the position requires that. My personal interest section is a little bit more practical:
• IT Security (IT Security mailing list)
• Security Focus (Security Focus mailing list)
• Security Now! (Security Now! podcast)
• SANS NewsBites (SANS mailing list)
• Schneier On Security (Crypto-Gram mailing list)
• AEON Security Blog
Clearly this doesn't show that I'm well rounded but it shows that I keep current in the field. Is this something I should just abandon completely?
Let me know what you think