April 2, 2021

Interviewing A Fortune 100 Cybersecurity Recruiter About Getting Into The Industry

Interviewing A Fortune 100 Cybersecurity Recruiter About Getting Into The Industry



Hi there! I sat down with a Fortune 100 Cybersecurity recruiter and asked him some of the most popular questions I was seeing everyone ask. Here are the timestamps so that you can jump to whatever is applicable to you. I hope you find his knowledge to be insightful. :)


[02:15](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpIv7aX2S0&t=135s)​ There are nearly 3 million Cybersecurity jobs worldwide that are open, but so many people are still struggling to get a job. Do you have any insight on what could be causing the gap?
[06:45](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpIv7aX2S0&t=405s)​ We are often seeing organizations posting Junior or Associate level Cybersecurity roles which then ask for 5 years of experience working in the field. Why is this, why do companies do it, and should applicants apply even without the experience?
[13:08](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpIv7aX2S0&t=788s)​ Does the “HR firewall” really exist? If a job asks for a Bachelors degree and an applicant does not mention it in their resume, is their application automatically discarded? Are humans actually reviewing every application?
[17:13](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpIv7aX2S0&t=1033s)​ What are some of the reasons that so few companies that are seeking Junior/Associate hires are not willing to train the new employees for the role?
[22:23](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpIv7aX2S0&t=1343s)​ What pro tips on salary negotiations can you tell us from the HR/Recruiting perspective? Do job offers get rescinded because people ask for more money?
[28:05](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpIv7aX2S0&t=1685s)​ How are recruiters finding Cybersecurity talent? Where are you looking to find potential candidates? Where should prospective Cybersecurity job seekers be going to find opportunities? Is having a LinkedIn necessary to find a job?
[31:41](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpIv7aX2S0&t=1901s)​ Is formal higher education necessary in 2021? Do you need a Bachelors degree to get into Cybersecurity, or can you skip it?
[35:55](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpIv7aX2S0&t=2155s)​ What are your best tips you can give on creating resumes?
[40:41](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpIv7aX2S0&t=2441s)​ Are certifications valuable? To what extent are they (or are they not) valuable when people are trying to get their first Cybersecurity job?
[44:00](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpIv7aX2S0&t=2640s)​ Oftentimes we hear from job applicants that they finish an assigned technical exam, complete interviews, etc., but then they never hear anything back from the company. What is going on with this, and how can it be fixed?
[47:32](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpIv7aX2S0&t=2852s)​ How has the global pandemic changed recruiting? What changes can we expect from recruiting in the future?
[49:54](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRpIv7aX2S0&t=2994s)​ Last minute words of encouragement for those trying to get a job in Cybersecurity.

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