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It has been a busy start to 2019 for cybersecurity recruitment. Many people have already moved, or found their next cybersecurity job. If you haven’t started looking yet, or haven’t found the next role, make sure you aren’t making some of these top mistakes we see.

Not knowing what you really want
Often candidates start looking because they aren’t happy where they are. Maybe you want the next career step, more money, or just to get away from a terrible boss! As well as thinking about why you want to leave, it is important to think about where you want to be. Knowing what that role and company looks like, can really help you make a good decision quickly. You can target your job search. Recruiters and hiring managers will also be able to tell that you know what you want, and can then feel more confident in your application.

Not being ready to move
It is tempting, especially when dozens of messages land in your inbox each day about the next best role, to take a look. It is also helpful to have another offer if you have a pay review coming up. But this can burn bridges. If you are not really ready to move, it will be obvious to recruiters and hiring managers in the way you behave. Turning down a good offer, or cancelling interviews, to stay where you are, can cause you problems in the future. The cybersecurity community is not huge and you need to keep the relationships you make by behaving professionally and only looking, when you are actually ready to move.

Not having your CV and your social media prepared
Make sure your CV and your LinkedIn profiles match. They should do anyway, but sometimes job titles change and this leaves inconsistencies. Employers nearly always check a LinkedIn profile as a minimum and they will notice if there is something that doesn’t add up. It only takes a couple of minutes to make sure this looks good. Making sure your CV is well written by following our top tips, will also help you.

Not knowing where to look
Candidates use a range of methods to search for their next cybersecurity job. 43% use a specialist recruiter, just ahead of the 41% who use their own network. 10% also now use social media to find a new role, with Twitter being a top source here. Building and maintaining a network in the industry takes time, but there are lots of events where you can meet people. The cybersecurity community is a friendly one and people do like to help when they can. Reaching out to others is likely to help you. Using a specialist cybersecurity recruitment company, like BeecherMadden, also makes sure you get introduced to the right people, at the right time.

Not being proactive
If you really want to move, make sure you are active yourself. Reach out to people in your network, and recruitment companies. Follow up on applications you make, rather than expecting people to come to you when you want them to. Look for different ways to improve your skills if you need to, there are lots of training courses and events out there. There are loads of things you can do, to progress your career and land your dream job!

BeecherMadden have been recruiting within cybersecurity since 2010. We have a wealth of data and knowledge on what companies look for, and how the best get ahead. If you would like to talk to us about your job search, please get in touch: 020 7382 7980

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