Have you been sending out applications and not hearing back? We understand that it can be a bit frustrating.
Let’s break down some of the most common reasons:
- The “I Need Experience” Dilemma: It’s the harsh reality that even entry-level jobs sometimes seek candidates with experience. It’s a common paradox, and don’t be discouraged by it. Reflect on your previous experience, compare it with the job post, and make sure you showcase the “relevant skills” that are required in the job post as much as possible, and you’ll significantly increase your chances.
- Adjust Your Resume To each application: Your resume is like your personal ad. Make sure it clearly states that you’re applying for THIS role. Highlight any courses or certifications you’ve done that are relevant to the job. And to maximize chances of securing interviews – make sure you get some practice labs done and showcase them on your resume.
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- Network: Sometimes it’s less about what you know and more about who you know. Join online groups, attend events, talk with people working in cybersecurity, and connect with recruiters. Anyone might know of job openings, give you helpful advice and even put a good word in on your behalf.
- Being Active Online: In today’s digital era, a strong online presence can give you an edge. Maintain an updated LinkedIn profile and actively participate in online cybersecurity discussions. Having a great activity on LinkedIn is a must if you want to connect with recruiters that will get interviews for you on your behalf.
- Picking the Right Certifications: There are loads of certifications out there. Make sure you’re going for the ones that match the jobs that are relevant to your previous experience is mandatory. Not sure which is the most suitable certification? Purchase a career consultation and our career expert will determine the best way forward for you for just $99.
- Cover Letters: “Don’t send the same letter to everyone. Make it personal to the job. It shows you care and you highlight key points required for the job.
- Showing Off Your People Skills: Sure, knowing tech stuff and cybersecurity basics is mandatory, but so is working well with others in a team and being a good communicator. Mention times when you’ve been a team player and how you handle pressure and conflict.
Remember, every application is a step forward, even if it doesn’t feel like it right away. Some times it can take 20 applications, some times a hundred, but you’ll never know when you’ll hit the jackpot.
Make sure you stand out with quality applications, have the relevant certifications, knowledge, practice labs and sooner or later you will see the results.