Cash In On Job Growth and Connect With a Security Recruiter

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A recent article notes that cybersecurity recruiters are looking for top IT security professionals to work for the U.S. government. However, reports have it that cybersecurity is a growing field regardless of the industry or business sector you choose. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects jobs as information security analysts to grow by 37 percent between now and 2022. To get a job in this exploding field it’s critical for candidates to develop the right skills that will sell cybersecurity recruiters on their talent.

A recent (2012) joint ASIS International (ASIS) and the Institute of Finance and Management (IOFM) study found that physical security while, not as robust as IT security, would also see steady job growth through 2020.

The bottom line is this: To improve your odds of getting the career opportunity in security that you desire it’s critical for candidates to develop the right skills that will sell security recruiters on their talent.

Security Isn’t Just about Hard Edges

People on the outside who don’t work with security management on a regular basis often see security pros as focused, rigid, intelligent problem-solvers. Not necessarily a wrong assumption or a bad set of characteristics. However, today’s employers want something more.

Security management pros need to work with others in the organization to develop creative processes and systems that help drive the business forward in a secure manner. That requires soft skills such as the ability to build solid relationships and communicate ideas clearly to people at all levels within the organization.

It’s important to be a team player not an inflexible barrier builder. When interviewing for a security jobs:

  • Be engaged. Show your interest by asking questions about the company, the job, as well as the person conducting the interview. It is not enough to just demonstrate your security expertise.
  • Be passionate. Demonstrate your understanding of and interest in your area of expertise or security niche. However, don’t pretend you know something you don’t.
  • Be prepared. You aren’t expected to know everything about your potential new employer. However, they do expect you to have and show a basic level of knowledge about the organization, their line of business, and the job the company is looking to fill.

Follow Up after the Interview

If you think it’s over once the interview ends, you’re wrong. HR and executive recruiters will tell you that anything can still go awry between the time you walk out the door and get a job offer.

Following up with a thank you note may seem old school. However, it’s still a classy move and one expected by most employers. Yes, it’s okay to send an email or call to say thank you. It’s more about doing it, rather than how you do it.

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