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By Janoi Watson

Job hunting inside the cyber industry is unique in relation to ordinary enterprises. Despite being one of the most sought out job sectors for businesses worldwide due to 2019 being labelled as the “worst year for cyber-attacks”, people are still finding it difficult to be appointed with cyber roles. According to The U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, computer and information technology occupations will ascend by 13% through 2026, adding 557,100 jobs. Concurrently, many qualified cyber candidates are still unable to find job roles.

The cyber industry as of recent has a skills gap, the cyber industry is in a new era, degrees and certifications are still valuable, but experience is what is pushing many candidates forward. Cyber security is not always as straight forward as many other industries, technology essentially now oversees everything, and this makes it harder for businesses to narrow down candidates with the new and unconventional skills needed to fill these roles.

Over 80% of organisations affected by cybersecurity skills gap, cybersecurity professionals tend to be highly trained and well-certified but, as the context of malware develops, cybersecurity professionals need to fit increasing demands and workloads into their daily lives. Each day (and possibly every hour) there are increasing threats, attacks and demands in the cyber industry, the traditional belief of earning a bachelor’s degree in a relevant cyber field and being employed immediately is no longer true. A report from (ISC)2® found that there is a shortage of approximately 2.93 million qualified cyber security professionals globally.

HackerRank’s survey found that recruiters and hiring managers are vastly mismatched on how they measure tech recruiting success. The top three priorities for hiring managers are the right skills and culture fit (80.5 percent), future performance (50.6 percent) and retention (37.8 percent). Tech recruiters likewise see the correct skills and culture fit and retention as top priorities (75.3 percent and 37.3 percent, respectively). But they focus much more intently on time to close/hire (44.9 percent) instead of future performance (31.6 percent).

Aside from these figures, the anatomy of work within the cyber industry is changing far faster than the way we determine who is suitable for cyber jobs. Each day, there is a new sector of cyber careers open or new threats posed that have yet to be understood however, our BeecherMadden recruiters invest time on individuals that may not fit the status quo by looking at individuals with passion, basic knowledge and qualifications, aptitude and a desire to learn. We understand that these individuals can be trained to be the experts wanted. The main difference in job hunting in this industry is not to follow the ‘one size fits all’ belief. We analyse the job requirements carefully and put emphasis on the skills and experience the client has that meets or exceeds them. As the leading UK and US cyber security recruitment business, we commit ourselves to pinpointing and placing talented professionals at top companies in the cyber and information security fields.  

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