So you’ve made up your mind and decided to get a cybersecurity job. A wise choice considering this is a career with a lot to offer, especially now that remote working is the new normal and organizations (big and small) struggle to create safe remote work environments and keep their data safe.
At this point, you probably already researched or even enrolled in the best cybersecurity training you can get. You started reading and watching online videos about entering the field. You are considering different career paths and figuring out which one is the best choice for you… and most likely, you are facing the big question: how can I land my first job?
To make it easier for you, we came up with 4 actionable tips that will help you transition more smoothly and understand what you will face when entering the stage of applying for different job opportunities at different organizations.
1- Become Fluent in Technical Language
When facing a recruiter for a cybersecurity job, you must show them you understand what you are talking about and dominate the key industry terminology, even the acronyms. It is unacceptable for a candidate not to know what terms like virtual private network, exploit, breach, firewall, etc. Before you start sharing your resume and scheduling interviews, take time to study and develop a deep understanding of the cybersecurity language.
2- Get Certified
We have mentioned this in the past; cybersecurity certifications are the perfect way of demonstrating to any employer that you have subject matter knowledge, having them in your resume will help you stand out from your competition, they will show your level of commitment, and, for those who are not yet convinced, many hiring managers consider them as the minimum required qualifications.
3- Stay Informed of Emerging Trends
Cybersecurity is a field that is constantly evolving. Part of your job would be to prevent any possible cyber-attacks. To do so, you first need to understand that hackers are always looking for new ways to hack into networks, software, and hardware. You can learn a lot by reading about the most recent hacks and defense measures. You can use that information when you are having an interview for a cybersecurity job. You can show them that you are a constant learner, committed to investigations, and staying in the know of the latest trends around the world. Comment about some of the sources you regularly read: cybersecurity websites, blogs, authors.
4- Start Working on Your Network
Just as you would do for any other job, start growing your network related to the field. Look for old classmates or anyone you know who works in the field, connect with them on social media, chat with them, grab a coffee with them (keep social distancing measures, please), and ask them about your doubts about getting started in the field, or any other thing that will help become a successful professional. You could even consider them your mentor. Try reaching out to different people with different roles to talk with them to understand the field better you want to get into it.
As a final thought, spend some time working on your resume, so it stands out from the pack. There are many job openings in this field, but recruiters are picky with whom they hire for a security role. Dedicate yourself to work on your technical skills, like certifications and pieces of training, but do not forget your soft skills: learn how to communicate non-technical things, how to pay closer attention to details, and how to be more skeptical.