How to Hire Passionate Contributors in InfoSec

In an article last month, we covered some of the major hiring challenges we face in the cybersecurity industry – namely, the fact that we often don’t know quite what to look for in the wave of new recruits wanting to offer their talents to the field.

Coaching both potential new hires and recruiters in what to look for on resumes and resume ‘best practices’ has always been a small joy to me. I am a firm believer that a workplace environment benefits just as much (if not more so) from eager and passionate individuals as it does from the most educated or experienced contributors.

In what used to be a rock-star-orientated career, one of the greatest advancements I’ve noticed lately in InfoSec is the growing industry awareness that those who look good on paper may not always be the best hire for the job. Giving passionate people more than a passing glance when looking at their resumes benefits both companies and our community as a whole.

Interview Tips for InfoSec Jobseekers

For those of you who have that passion, make sure you show it. As someone who used to sift through piles of resumes, I confess that eagerness is sometimes easy to see, but more often than not, you may get overlooked due to issues such as lack of experience.

Pro Tips:

  • Make sure to include a section in your resume about your home lab or activities and interests outside of school or your normal learning environment that are pertinent to the position you’re applying for.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you can’t figure out how to do something in the technical assessment part of an interview.
  • If you get stumped by a question or test at the interview, ask, or even better, research it yourself (Read more...)

This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog post authored by Greg Linares. Read the original post at: Cylance Blog