On Monday afternoon, the Dallas Convention Center was the place to be for all aspiring women in the security field. The ASIS International CSO Roundtable’s Preseminar Intensive offered a wealth of good advice and ideas for today’s professional females aiming to succeed in their careers.
The events began with the introduction of the speakers for the first session, “How to Promote Yourself.” They were Kathy Lavinder, executive director of Security and Investigative Placement Consultants, LLC, of Bethesda, Maryland, a retained search firm devoted to finding and placing highly qualified experts in security and investigation; Stephanie Angelo, president and owner of the consulting and training company Human Resource Essential, LLC, of Chandler, Arizona; and Ed McDonough, CPP, director of global security for Tyco International Ltd., of Princeton, New Jersey, a diversified, global company that provides vital products and services to customers in more than 60 countries.
Angelo began by giving attendees an honest picture of how recruiters such as herself sort through the résumés that arrive for an open position. She asked the audience if they thought she spent five minutes, a minute, or 30 seconds looking at each résumé. The truth, she admitted, was none of these. She said she spends about 15 seconds per résumé. “If certain things don’t pop off the page, they go in the ‘thanks, but no thanks’ pile,” Angelo stated.