Success in Virtual Job Search

  • Success in Virtual Job Search

     Tina updated 2 weeks ago 7 Members · 17 Posts
  • Jessica

    Member
    November 16, 2020 at 15:30

    I was wondering if folks could give some pointers when it comes to applying to jobs online? I’ve noticed the best success with in person events. Otherwise, it feels like sending my resume into the void without hearing back.

    Thank you!

  • LaNiece

    Moderator
    November 16, 2020 at 16:02

    Hi Jessica! Trust me when I say you are not the only one who feels this way. First, I usually recommend trying to find a connection to the company you are applying to whether that is a friend, family member, or anyone in your network that can refer you or at least introduce you. Another important aspect of applying online and getting past the applicant tracking system (ATS) is to spend time customizing your resume for the job/job listing to which you are applying. Check out “Modern Job Search Techniques” and “How to Beat the Applicant Tracking System” articles in the resource center as they provide some great tips and information for your virtual job search. https://securitycongress.brighttalk.live/groups/career-center/resource-center-career-center/

    • Jessica

      Member
      November 16, 2020 at 16:31

      Thank you!

      • LaNiece

        Moderator
        November 16, 2020 at 16:36

        Anytime! If you have any additional questions please reach out.

        • Jason

          Member
          November 16, 2020 at 21:23

          I would have to agree. If you have a better understanding of what the company is looking for in a new hire, you can customize your resume to match the open requisition.

          • LaNiece

            Moderator
            November 16, 2020 at 21:31

            Jason, thank you for the response and you are 100% right. That is why doing research on a company is so important before both the application and interview process.

  • Kevin

    Member
    November 17, 2020 at 13:16

    Note who the job poster was, typically a recruiter, connect and follow up with them. Pursuing the job you really want, is just that: pursuing! Ask about your status, express interest. Once a week or so is a decent cadence until you find out where you are and they give you status back. Best of luck.

    • Tina

      Moderator
      November 17, 2020 at 13:20

      Hi Kevin – you have a very good point! Following up is important and when you get to speak with someone you can have that 30-second elevator pitch ready!

    • LaNiece

      Moderator
      November 17, 2020 at 15:18

      Absolutely Kevin! Statistics say that only about 20% of candidates follow up and doing so can keep your name in front of the hiring manager, perhaps putting you on the short list for an interview.

  • Kristupas

    Member
    November 17, 2020 at 15:00

    Any success stories of someone who managed to shift from purely technical role to ISO, security analyst or similar? I mean you might be very confident in your field from technical side (like SysAdmin) but not necessarily ticking all the boxes for a security role. Tips for filling the gap?

    • Kevin

      Member
      November 17, 2020 at 15:44

      I’ve had success! I was successfully able to transition from a back end systems admin role on products like Windows Update, McAfee, Systems Management Server, Active Directory, etc…It was for 2 reasons – First and foremost, you need to have people and communication skills. Can you describe what you do in a non-technical manner? Secondly, you need to focus on compliance regulations and audits. Think about your technical job in reverse. As the technical person, you likely know where the skeletons are buried, how do you secure those and demonstrate you can make the organization safer and prove it to someone. What processes exist in your organization that are insecure which you could secure and explain why they need to be. Show the boss you reduced risk, saved time, or saved money. Take on a special project to demonstrate these abilities. Then speak with your boss about what you find interesting, express the desire to grow your career in a different way. Hope this helps.

      • LaNiece

        Moderator
        November 17, 2020 at 15:55

        Great advice, thanks for sharing Kevin. We love hearing about success stories!

      • Kristupas

        Member
        November 17, 2020 at 16:07

        Great input, thank you. In my particular case I do try to get involved, suggest security improvements where I can. And it is appreciated by management. The problem is that it feels like that for the company it is more suitable to keep me in my current position (small company). And when I try to reach out and talk to recruiters they are asking for a year or two of ‘security’ experience. This feels like being stuck in no man’s land.

        • Kevin

          Member
          November 17, 2020 at 16:55

          I’m sure it is frustrating. Many of the things you likely are already doing have security components and aspects to them, change the way you think and communicate about them. This all counts as security experience. Use the STAR method to communicate: Situation, Task, Action, Result – work on the compelling story and what YOU did which brought about the success.

        • Suzanne

          Moderator
          November 17, 2020 at 16:55

          Adding on security training and certifications is a way to fill the gaps, but sometimes you may have to work that 1-2 years to fill those roles. In the meantime, I suggest volunteering and networking to make the connection in the companies you would like to do security in. Good luck.

          • Kristupas

            Member
            November 17, 2020 at 16:59

            Great tips, thank you.

  • Tina

    Moderator
    November 17, 2020 at 18:47

    To learn more about practical tips and tasks that help to improve success, check out our presentation “Career Success is Not an Accident” – Although the term “success”
    is defined differently for each of us, one thing that is the same is nobody
    reaches their defined level of career success by accident. In this webinar, we
    discuss practical tasks and tips you can start taking now, and continue taking
    throughout your career, to move toward your definition of success. This presentation, along with others, can be found in the Presentations tab.

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