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Don’t let recruiters hold you back from the IT job of your dreams

Introduction

Finding the right cybersecurity job is difficult. It requires the right balance between certification and experience. Sometimes you have the skills, certification and experience for a role, but a vital keyword is missing from your resume, relegating your application to the rejected pile.

It isn’t easy going through the recruitment process, as a lot of the early screening is automated by HR searches and filters. Sometimes it is better to make contact with specific people in the industry by reaching out and letting them know that you have the skills and determination to succeed in the role.

This guide will give you a basic idea of how you can follow a path that differs from the traditional job-seeking process. You will be surprised to find out that you are not the only one looking at going around recruiters. In the next few minutes, we will go into more detail about some of the different networking principles that you could apply to your next job search.

Networking principles

The old saying of “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” can still ring true, especially when you are networking and looking for a job. Having experience, knowledge and certifications is expected of you but not very helpful if you can’t find a company looking to hire you. There are many different ways to reach out and make contact with people during your job search, but the three main ways that you might find especially helpful are:

Formal networking

Think old-school methods like business cards, attending events and exhibits, formal lunches and dinners in a suit and tie. These can be specific to information technology, or they can be parallel events like product and service launches for bigger companies.

These kinds of engagements can be a little stuffy and are (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Infosec Resources authored by Graeme Messina. Read the original post at: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/infosecResources/~3/gzAhfayEwqE/