Cyber Security careers fairs
Cyber security jobs are in huge demand, and some of the biggest and best-known companies in the world are competing fiercely to attract the right talent to their organisations.
If you're considering a job in this sector - whether you're a recent graduate, looking for a career change or already work in the sector but want to explore other opportunities - one of the best ways to find the right role is to attend a specialist cyber security careers fair.
Why attend a cyber security jobs fair?
Cyber security jobs fairs offer a great opportunity for prospective candidates to meet with employers, find out about the roles that are available and learn more about the companies that are recruiting.
One of the most valuable aspects of any cyber security jobs expo is the networking opportunities it provides. Whether you're attending an in-person event or a virtual alternative, you'll be able to speak directly to exhibitors, ensure your name is known and get a step up on the competition.
These events can also help you understand the types of roles recruiters are looking for, from entry-level positions all the way up to C-level executives. Presentations from exhibitors will detail the skills, experience and culture they're looking for, and why certain roles are so in-demand. This can also highlight any areas where you may need to improve your CV with a professional certification.
Some of the most common cyber security job roles you'll be able to learn about at a careers fair include:
- Chief information officer/chief information security officer
- Penetration tester
- Security architect
- Ethical hacker
- SOC analyst
- Data forensics
- Security engineer
- And many more
Come equipped with questions, prepare your CV and a short 'elevator pitch' to introduce yourself to employers and explain what you can offer, and you'll be well on your way to your next job.
Choosing the right careers fair
If you're attending a careers fair for the first time, you may find it a little overwhelming with so many potential recruiters and advice services available. However, not all cyber security careers fairs are the same, so you can benefit by looking for one that meets your needs.
For example, it's not necessarily the case that the biggest fair will give you a better chance of finding the right job. In fact, in some cases, it may be more difficult to stand out from the crowd at a larger fair.
We run a range of fairs for those with differing levels of experience. Our Cyber Pathways events, for instance, are tailored to those looking for entry-level cyber security positions. In addition to companies from all sectors looking to hire recent graduates or career changers, there are a range of organisations offering advice and guidance on how to kickstart your career.
Meanwhile, our Cyber Security Expo features recruiters looking for talent with existing experience in the sector, and is the place to go for high-level roles including CISO, CIO, Security Architect, Penetration Tester and Security Consultant roles, to name but a few. We also offer dedicated fairs for those with backgrounds in the police, as candidates with these skills and experiences are in especially high demand.
Which companies exhibit at cyber jobs fairs?
Attending a jobs fair dedicated to the cyber security sector gives you a chance to meet with some of the UK's leading companies, especially those working in highly sensitive areas and sectors.
Depending on the event, you may be able to speak with recruiters from defence contractors, government and public sector organisations, or consultancies such as Deloitte.
For example, our careers expos have featured exhibitors and presenters including:
- BAE Systems
- National Crime Agency
Whichever sector appeals to you, you're likely to find opportunities at a careers fair. And as there remains a significant overall skills shortage in cyber security, these blue-chip firms are out to impress potential candidates just as much as applicants are looking to impress recruiters. This means you can see which would be the best fit for you before you apply.
One trend that is set to continue is the rise of the virtual careers fair, which can be just as valuable as attending a physical event.
Virtual fairs still enable you to have detailed, one-on-one chats with recruits via video chat, so you don't miss out on any potential networking opportunities. However, they can also enable attendees to explore at their own pace and step back from the hustle and bustle of a live event.
What's more, you don't have to worry about travel or accommodation if you're attending from afar, while if you miss a speaking session, you can always catch up later, so if you want to focus on browsing job postings or client profiles on the day, you won't miss out.
Whether in person or online, a cyber security careers fair is an ideal place to find your perfect job in the sector.
Take a look at what's coming up and register to attend today, and happy job-hunting!