The last few years have been tough for many people in the cyber sector. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic haven't just affected the way we work - it can also make finding a new position trickier.
Anyone who's attended an interview with a prospective employer over Zoom will know that it can be more difficult to give off a good impression over these platforms, with fewer visual cues and body language available to aid communication, not to mention the potential for technical issues.
However, it's also affected other areas, such as careers fairs. Many of these shifted online-only over the last couple of years, which may have made it more difficult for people to learn more about the industry and find the right job for them.
Online events do have their benefits. They reduce the time and cost of travel, for instance, which can make them more accessible to people based on other parts of the country. They may also allow you to better manage your time, as you can drop in and out when you need to and review any recorded sessions at your leisure.
Despite the positives, there's no substitute for being able to meet potential employers in person. But the good news is that as the last of the Covid restrictions are lifted, the industry can finally get out and meet in person again.
So, with live events kicking back into gear, why should you consider attending one when looking for your next cyber security job?
The benefits of an in-person experience
The main benefit of being there in person is you get to speak with prospective employers face-to-face. You can find out exactly what they're looking for from employees and make sure you're highlighting the most relevant skills and experience you possess.
Being able to chat and strike up a rapport in person also helps form a good impression that sticks in the recruiter's mind, which can be hard to achieve when you're nothing more than a face on a screen.
It's also much easier to ask questions and learn more about the companies you're considering working for. As well as finding out about the scope and responsibilities of the roles that are available, you can gain a better understanding of the culture of the employer and assess whether they would be a good fit for you.
What to expect at a cyber security recruitment event?
A cyber security recruitment event offers several benefits beyond simply being able to engage and network with potential employers. For instance, our Cyber Security EXPOs offer a range of speaker sessions, where you can hear directly from leading figures in the industry.
These events can highlight what employers are looking for from their candidates, enabling you to tailor your CV and application accordingly. However, they can also give you a wider insight into the latest trends and developments in the cyber security sector that you can use when interviewing and in your day-to-day work.
Who exhibits at careers fairs?
Attending a cyber security career fair is especially useful if you're looking to work with some of the industry's biggest and most prestigious names. Large firms often come to these events as they know it will be a great opportunity to meet and present themselves to the sector's top talent.
In today's highly competitive environment, where the number of open positions continues to far outstrip the number of qualified candidates, businesses are always desperate to secure the best people. Therefore, they're as keen to sell themselves and impress potential employees as the other way around - making a careers fair a great opportunity for cyber security pros to see what these firms have to offer.
For example, exhibitors at our Cyber Security EXPO include notable names from sectors including aerospace, defence, financial services and the public sector, so whatever area you're interested in, you're sure to find an opportunity at one of our events.
These large firms often have a wide range of roles available to suit any candidate's interests and experience, ranging from entry-level positions all the way up to the boardroom. For example, some of the positions that they frequently look to fill at these events include:
- Security Architect
- Penetration Tester
- Intrusion Detection Specialist
- Security Consultant
- Ethical Hacker
- Digital Forensics
Cyber security careers fairs take place throughout the year at locations around the UK. If you're interested in attending one of our next events, visit www.cybersecurityexpo.co.uk to explore the options and register your interest.