97 - Breaking Through the Boundaries of Cyber Security Job Search Challenges

Presented at Texas Cyber Summit 2019, Oct. 11, 2019, 2 p.m. (60 minutes)

Breaking Through the Boundaries of Cyber Security Job Search Challenges We’ve all heard the old adage that finding a job is a full time job, but who has the time? With the right insights and resources in hand, you can maximize your job search efforts, turning them into successes. This presentation offers tools to take expert control of your cyber security career, by leveraging the findings from my two recent industry surveys, which examine the challenges of job search and the impact of volunteering in your professional community.When asked if they know how to find a job, 45% of survey respondents said no. In order to combat this problem, I will explore my top methods to help professionals evaluate, refine, and improve their job search strategy. These parameters span personally reflecting to know what you want to do, to developing the right career search products, understanding the different types of recruiters, and learning to utilize the right avenues for self promotion and networking.Volunteering in your professional community offers vast opportunities for building an expanded industry network. This is vital to continuous job search success, as 79% of survey respondents reported the most common way they find jobs is by asking their network of friends. Thus you can greatly progress your career by actively engaging in the external community to network, gain experiences, and create opportunities for continued learning.While career progression is typically seen as education, certification, and job moves, we need to build both technical and non-technical skills in order to continually advance and market our ever-expanding abilities. Volunteering provides a venue to learn essential skills that fuel your career trajectory by developing qualities spanning leadership, persistence, time management, problem solving, and more.Though the challenges that job seekers face are not unusual, they can be overcome with the right tactics in hand. By applying the guidelines presented in this session, more individuals in the community will have the tools they need to embark on the road to success in their cyber security careers.


  • Kathleen Smith - ClearedJobs.Net/CyberSecJobs.Com
    Kathleen Smith, CMO for CyberSecJobs.Com and ClearedJobs.Net, has coached thousands of job seekers and employers to achieve the mutual goal of employment. Kathleen presents at several conferences each year on recruiting and job search. Some of the conferences she has presented at as a sole presenter or moderator include BSidesLV, BSidesTampa, BSidesSATX, WIE IEEE, BSidesDE, FedCyber, Cyber912 and CyberSecureGov. Kathleen is Director of HireGround, BSidesLV’s two-day career track; Women in Cybersecurity, National Conference Planning Committee, Cyber912 and Women in Cybersecurity Celebration Planning Committee. Kathleen is well respected within the recruiting community and is the co-founder and current President of recruitDC.


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