Finding the perfect candidate for any position can be tricky but finding qualified individuals to fill specialized roles within a highly technical industry can seem impossible. Cybersecurity staffing presents challenges that can overwhelm any hiring professional but following these four tips can help you find the perfect candidates to help your workforce grow.
1. Clearly Define the Position You Are Looking to Fill
Coming up with a concise job description that adequately explains the responsibilities of an open position can be a challenge, but it can be even more challenging in cybersecurity staffing. It is incredibly easy to write a description that is either much too vague or is bogged down with unnecessary detail about day-to-day office work. When looking to hire cybersecurity professionals, bear in mind that they are interested in the ins and outs of cybersecurity. Include details about the systems you expect them to know, the experience they should have, and what you expect of their performance going forward. A detailed description will help weed out unqualified candidates from the start, and it will serve to entice potential employees who are seriously passionate about their field.
2. Streamline the Hiring Process
When hiring for one position, let alone multiple, it can be challenging to keep on top of the interviewing and hiring process for each candidate. When communication between applicants and employers slows or breaks down, go-getter employees will often look for employment opportunities elsewhere. To prevent this, make sure that your hiring process is as organized and efficient as possible. Avoid long delays when consulting with other managers or staff and keep in contact with applicants when delays occur.
3. Have Realistic Expectations
When you have a newly vacant position that was once filled by a stellar employee, it can be tempting to look for someone who fits their qualifications exactly. It is important to remember that all rock star employees start somewhere, and it is nearly impossible to find a perfect candidate for every position. It can be more beneficial to hire an employee and train them than it is to wait for the ideal employee to come along. Do not lower your expectations drastically but be sure to keep them reasonable.
4. Hire a Cybersecurity Staffing Agency
If the rigors of finding applicants suited to your company are still too demanding, consider hiring an agency that specializes in cybersecurity staffing. A staffing agency can help you find the right candidates and they likely already have a pool of potential applicants in mind. An agency can help by navigating the pitfalls of cybersecurity staffing for you while giving you the best candidates from which to choose.
Lewis-Price is an SBA 8(a) certified staffing company committed to providing solutions to our clients and teaming partners alike. We staff diverse, engaged leaders in IT, cybersecurity, program management, and training. We value integrity and intention. We provide you with engaged professionals ready to join your team. To learn more about our staffing solutions, please contact us at (703)727-9182. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.