Part 2/3: TIPS TO DEALING WITH RECRUITMENT AGENCIES WHEN JOB HUNTING IN CYBER SECURITY
Following last week’s post I have introduced you to the world of Recruitment in the Cyber Security Industry and how important it is to get in touch with a specialist agency rather than a generic Tech Recruiter. This week I will explain more about the actual process when looking for a job in the industry and how to make the collaboration with specialist recruiters most effective!
- Don’t ask for Client Names up front
If you see an ad or receive an email about a job that looks interesting, don’t reply with “who is the client?”. Generally, recruiters won’t answer this question until they have spoken with you. Further, the majority of Cyber Security companies don’t want to openly advertise their Security vacancies, for obvious reasons!! and engage with recruiters to maintain confidentiality. So usually, client names won’t be given until the recruiter has
a. ascertained your interest in the role
b. if you are suitable for the position
c. the recruiter is in possession of your cv and all relevant details
d. you have agreed to your details being submitted by the recruiter, and is some cases after signing an NDA
- Salary Information are critical!
There is a huge skills shortage in Cyber Security and salaries are on the rise and bench marks are continually shifting. So answering the question, “what is the salary?” can sometimes be quite complicated and requires a long conversation with the candidate to figure out his/ her skills first! In many cases a salary range will be given, however most companies will be a bit flexible to bring the right people on board. The general rule of thumb is a vague calculation taking into account your current salary, the increase you desire, your level of experience and the estimated salary bench mark.
- Build a relationship
The lack of response from recruiters is one of the main complaints I here from Job Seekers. The other is “they only call you when they want something”. Unfortunately, in many cases this is true. If you apply to a job that doesn’t quite match your skill set, you won’t get an immediate response or perhaps no response at all.
If a recruiter doesn’t have any suitable jobs for you, you probably won’t hear from them until they do. This is why it’s so important to find a specialised recruiter, who has a lot of clients and jobs that match your experience, career desires and geographical location.
Once you’re dealing with the right person, they need to know you. So any decent recruiter will ask you a lot of questions about your experience but also about what you’re ideally looking for. They will need your CV or LinkedIn profile and contact details to get you set up in their CRM, so they can get back to you about suitable opportunities. Busy recruiters (busy ones are generally the good ones!) could be juggling between 500 and 1,000 profiles at any time, so getting you set up in their CRM is priority! Once that’s done you can count on a call if that perfect job comes in. Trust me, they will be dialing your number!
But, communication goes two ways, so feel free to keep in touch with your recruiter from time to time. Make sure you stay on their radar and let them know you’re still interested in hearing about select opportunities.
- There is no perfect job, find out about opportunities!
If you are actively looking for a job, try to find out if the recruiter has other opportunities outside the one you have applied for. If the perfect job isn’t advertised, but they have a lot of jobs around your area of expertise, it’s still worth getting in touch with the recruiter. The chances are they might have something you would find interesting. Remember, because of confidentiality in the Cyber Security Industry, not all live jobs will be advertised!
Part 3 will be out next Tuesday!