Looking for a job? Cyber Aces is hosting another National Cybersecurity Career Fair in November

Linda Musthaler
By | October 15, 2014

Posted in: Network Security Trends

Last spring I wrote about Cyber Aces hosting its first National Cybersecurity Career Fair (NCCF). 

Cyber Aces is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and encouraging individuals with an aptitude for information security to refine their skills and talent. One of the organization's missions is to grow the cybersecurity workforce and connect those with experience and talent with employers in the field.

The group held its first ever career fair this past June and the event was so successful that it has decided to make the career fair a semi-annual event. The next NCCF is scheduled for November 20 and 21, 2014. Now is the time to register and create your personal profile if you want to meet with prospective employers.

The first event this past June drew 18 companies and agencies looking to hire cybersecurity professionals. Some of the companies looking for new hires included Ernst and Young, KPMG, Accenture, NBC Universal, JP Morgan Chase, Citibank and the National Security Agency. Many of the same organizations will be back for the second career fair, along with a new group of employers. Companies that want to participate in the career fair can register online for "booth space."

About 4,400 people registered to attend the first event, and 2,800 actually participated in interviews with the prospective employers. Cyber Aces confirms that at least three of the recruiting companies made hires from this career fair, while others extended employment offers that didn't result in hiring. Still more recruiters are continuing to go through resumes to see if candidates meet their needs.

The online career fair lasts for 4 hours on each of the days of November 20 and 21. A participant need not be online the entire time, but it's recommended to participate for at least 2 to 4 hours in order to have sufficient time to meet with the desired employers. The meetings take place via chat sessions.

Cyber Aces is using a different hosting platform this time around, which should improve the way the meetings can be conducted. Now employers will have easy access to the participants' online profiles so that they can view a profile in a split screen with the chat session. This should eliminate the need for some basic questions and allow the employer and the recruit to get into more detailed discussions.

At the June career fair, 43% of the job seekers held some level of cybersecurity certification. Cyber Aces is hoping to attract an even higher percentage of certified professionals for the November event because this is what the prospective employers are looking for.

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