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May 2003

IT security career advice: Landing an information security job

After 10 years of navigating the stormy seas of an information security career, yet another major disruption recently motivated me to change employers. I find job searching painful and at times humiliating, but at least this time around I had a lot of company. During the process, it became painfully obvious that many of my fellow IT security job seekers were struggling because they took the wrong approach. My fellow IT security job seekers were struggling because they took the wrong approach. Hiring managers must dread interviewing annoying infosec applicants. Many candidates offer no stability. Some aren't even willing to try to understand what potential employers actually need. They remain blinded by the assumption that the demand for infosec talent outstrips the supply. That may have been true three years ago, but it sure isn't now. Job seeking is a promotional task that requires long hours of agonizing effort. You need to prospect for a suitable customer (the employer), sell yourself to them (interview), and then close the ...

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