What is Networking?

Networking is the action or process of interacting with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts. Networking is a lifestyle process that has become more common, especially with the enhancement of social media. There are hundreds of networking tips and tricks that will drive you to a successful career.

How to Network Effectively

Creating your network could be as simple as getting the contact information of your educators, or work colleagues, or creating a social media account. Use social media platforms, especially LinkedIn, to broaden your connections and touch base with old classmates, friends, family, etc.  You may even find a job that a connection works at, in which case you may want to ask for a referral from that connection. When creating your “image”, be sure to act professional or appropriate in public environments because you never know who you will meet.  You will also want to update your resume and profile with relevant information about your life. Lastly, attending local networking events can get you to meet connections and friends that might take you far in life.

Networking Mistakes You Should Avoid at All Costs

When you are creating an image of yourself, never lie. Lying can not only create a new image of you to the “connections” you made but it can truly hurt your career. If you proceed to lie to someone who holds a vast network, the word can travel. It is always a great thing to be curious and ask questions but when meeting someone for the first time whether it is random or planned, don’t ask too many questions. Do not ask questions or speak about their personal life unless they direct the conversation that way. If the connection is like family to you then the mistakes would change but you should still never impose on their personal business or ask too much of them. Be respectful of their time. This statement is so simple yet so serious. There is a time and a place for everything in life and if you keep asking or taking up the useful time of this person, they may not want to network with you any longer. You need to understand that everyone has a personal life and there is a time and place for business talk. Do not overstep those boundaries and you will make it far in the networking world!

The Importance of Networking in Your Career and How You Can Get Started Today

Networking could be such a vital tip for people at all different stages of their careers. Whether you are still in college, starting your career, or ending your career, networking is always valuable. You can start today with a simple conversation on the train, or airport/plane, or by creating a social media account. There are people in the world waiting to meet you and they don’t even know it yet. Networking works in mysterious ways and you never know who you can meet.

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What is a Phone Interview?

Phone interviews have become more common thanks to the shift of centuries and an abrupt pandemic. Due to COVID-19, many companies have started their interview process with a phone interview/phone screening. This is when you receive a phone call from either the company’s hiring manager or recruiter to discuss a few things related to your application and the job opening.

What is the Purpose of a Phone Interview?

Employers, Recruiters, and Hiring Managers start the interviewing process with a phone interview so they can get to know the candidate better. Employers will typically ask you a few questions to get the feel for you during this step. From how you answer their questions, your attitude during the call, and so on, the employer will get an idea if you are the right fit for this job.

What Types of Questions May Occur During an On-Phone Interview?

During phone interviews, you will be asked a handful of questions. The employer may choose to start with questions about you. Such as, “Can you explain your work experience and how it relates to this job opening?”, “What skills do you provide that make you a great fit for this role?”, “What is one strength and one weakness about yourself in a work field?”. After you have answered this the employer will proceed to give you a description of the job and where you would come into play. They may ask you questions like, “What is your availability?”, “Have you ever performed a role like this before?”, and “What are one things that you feel confident about and one thing you feel nervous about in this job?” After you conclude this part, the employer has a better idea of who you are, what you are capable of doing, and how you work.

How can I Prepare for a Phone Interview?

Preparing for a phone interview is said to be easier than preparing for an in-person interview. Essentially, both interview processes could ask you the same questions but most people feel a lot more comfortable answering these questions over the phone. If you are a nervous interviewer, take a deep breath because phone interviewing is less nerve-racking. If you have a phone interview, always have been in a silent area with the best ability to have your background professional. Your outfit for an in-person interview could be the same or different from a phone interview. If there are no cameras involved in the phone interview (on the cell phone), you may wear whatever you feel comfortable in. However, if there are cameras on (like a Zoom call), you should proceed to dress business professional or casual like you would for any job interview. 


When it comes to phone interviews, you have less to prepare for but you need more ways to prove that you are the right candidate beyond your resume. Always be a confident speaker and think before you answer any of their questions. Have a great attitude and use proper wording when speaking to the interviewer. 

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Military cybersecurity specialists coming to the end of your enlistment contract face a challenge: what is the right private sector company for you?

Whether you’ve spent three or twenty years on active duty, the decision to transition to a civilian career can cause anxiety. The reasons may be obvious. The military is a structured environment with a distinct culture. Soldiers and sailors of vastly different backgrounds share a common culture and warrior ethos. Expectations are clearly defined and guidelines for success, clearly defined. This definition is not always so well defined in the private sector.

That said, most veterans will decide to transition to a civilian career at some point and the company they choose can have a dramatic effect on that civilian career. Everyone’s different, but enough studies have been conducted to show many transitioning veterans struggle in their first civilian job after leaving active duty. An inability to adapt to an unfamiliar corporate culture is often a contributing factor.

The good news is that as a veteran with cybersecurity training, your experience is extremely valuable. Defense contractors place a high degree of value on military personnel with cybersecurity experience and you will undoubtedly be recruited by that sector.

But the defense sector is not your only option. What if you don’t want to work in the D.C. area? If you know how to find them, there are many companies looking for veterans with your skills who cultivate a veteran friendly environment. Here are some tips to find them:

  • Talk to other veterans. Reach out to your network and associate yourself with Veterans groups.
  • Check your target company’s website, if they are Veteran-owned they will surely advertise themselves as such.
  • Check the company’s social media platforms, newsletters and employee communications, if possible. Companies with a high number of veteran employees almost always want to get the word out to other veterans.
  • When you interview, you will get a sense from the company representative who is interviewing you if that company truly understands and appreciates your training and experience.

Remember, companies that are veteran-owned or have a high number of veteran employees will possess a corporate culture that is familiar and provides the clearest path to your success.

Boards of Directors are being held to higher standards for cybersecurity governance, so it is increasingly common that Chief Information Security Officers report to their boards.

This can be nerve-racking for security professionals who have never presented to the board before, especially if they have not had to deal with non-technical executives, or have had the CIO providing “air cover”.

CISOs must know and understand the information needs of the Board of Directors. This often means answering the question “what’s in it for me?” from their perspective. Directors are often limited in their understanding of information security programs, especially those that have business experiences in other than technology areas. This is even true for Chief Information Officers who may have a deep and profound understanding of general technology questions, but don’t understand security programs at the same level as a security professional. Consequently, directors often ask simple questions, which sometimes require more complex answers. If you are responding to a director’s question, you are better off keeping it as simple as possible, but not so simple as to be misleading or incomplete.

Typical questions asked by board members are:

  • Are we secure?
  • Do you have the right budget?
  • Do you have the right staff?
  • Are you getting the right support for management?
  • Have hackers breached our systems?
  • How does our security program compare with our competitors?
  • How effective is our security program?

While not a comprehensive list, it’s indicative of the questions board members will ask. The questions are also deceptively simple, like the question: “are we secure?” You cannot answer this question with a simple “yes” or “no”. The most appropriate response to this type of question needs to be the very unsatisfying response “it depends”, quickly followed by an explanation of why.

If this is the first time that you are reporting to the board, one priority is to establish the baseline. This means letting the board know what’s the maturity and comprehensiveness of the information security program, whether you have done a risk assessment or not, and whether you have formally assessed the program. Compare the performance of your program to other programs in similar organizations so board members can get a sense of relative performance. For example, if you have a maturity score of 1.5 out of a scale from 0 to 5, where zero is total chaos and five is highly documented and highly reputable processes, and the average score of other comparable organizations is 2.3, then you should share that you are not where you need to be followed immediately by your roadmap for addressing it.

Getting the backing of your executive team before you report to the board is vital. Failing to do this is most likely going to be a career limiting move. One of the most important lessons that I have learned is never to surprise my boss, and this is especially important if you are giving information to your boss’s boss, and your boss has not heard it first.

By Mark Silver, CJC Contributor

by CAPT James Lane, USN (Ret)

At Cyber Job Central, one of our goals is to deliver information to our community about training resources and opportunities that will benefit their career. As such, we don’t believe that we could possibly over-advertise free training which is available to our community. In this case, free cyber security courses are available to Active, Reserve or Retired Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

There are several free, quality resources available to the veteran community. I will discuss several in this piece concentrating first on the Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE). It is perhaps unsurprising that this training is being offered by the Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with the non-profit group Hire our Heroes. FedVTE possesses an extensive course catalog which is available to the community. While the course catalog includes broad topic knowledge courses such as CISA infrastructure training, our community may find the most immediate benefit to the Certification prep catalog which includes, among other courses:

  • CompTIA A+ (220-1001) Certification Prep
  • CompTIA A+ (220-1002) Certification Prep
  • Certified Ethical Hacker v10
  • Cyber Dark Arts
  • Cyber Awareness Challenge 2019
  • (ISC)2 (TM) CISSP Certification Prep 2018 – replaces 2015 version, which will be removed on 8/9/2019
  • Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Cryptocurrency for Law Enforcement
  • (ISC)2 (TM) CISSP:ISSMP Prep 2018
  • CompTIA Network+ N10-007
  • (ISC)2 (TM) CISSP Concentration: ISSEP Prep
  • (ISC)2 (TM) Systems Security Certified Practitioner

This site is not open to non-military personnel. Registration, however, is incredibly simple and quick. Even this old sailor was able to set up an account in less than 15 minutes. Again, all courses are offered free of charge.

There are of course, other government sponsored training and education benefits available to the Veteran community with the goal of qualifying you for a career in cyber-security. The Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program is designed to provide funds to recruit and train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals to meet our Country’s needs. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) partners with NSF and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to provide institutions with funding towards scholarships for cybersecurity-related degree programs at two- and four-year colleges and universities. More information on may be obtained at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies NICCS website.

I may explore this further in future pieces but there are private sector entities which offer free cybersecurity training and education to veterans. SANS which stands for SysAdmin, Audit, Network and Security offers excellent cybersecurity training as well as employer outreach. There is also CISCO’s program: CyberVetsUSA. Of note, in addition to Active, Reserve and National Guard this program is offered to military spouses as well.

The need to train qualified personnel to fill the ever growing demand for cyber-security professionals is clearly recognized by both the private and public sectors. Further, there is a natural fit for Veterans, with their natural familiarity with security and protocol, to fill these roles.

By: Victoria Mauro

Since the global pandemic, COVID-19, the world had to face changes to adapt, especially in the work world. Interviews were being done over the phone or on video platforms like Zoom. Although some companies were always interviewing like this, many companies and job seekers had to adjust to this work and interview lifestyle. 

Sometimes it feels like we have been in this pandemic for years and are just getting the hang of it. Some people who have never done an interview online should follow 4 important tips from us at Cyber Job Central. We are a remote company that knows purely about online interviewing. 

The first step is a strong PSA for setting up your space before the interview. If interviewers can see your personal space, make sure that your space is clean, tidy, and professional. You may also use some of the background green screens that platforms like Zoom, Teams, and more offer. You wouldn’t want your potential job to be at risk because you show them you are not put together and are unprofessional. 

A second step is to review your outfit for work-appropriate matters. Even though your interview is online and they can only see your upper half, it is always better to get fully dressed up. Getting fully dressed up will make you feel and look more professional and confident. Avoid wearing T-shirts, tank tops, strapless tops, sweatshirts, and others along these lines. 

Thirdly, check on your computer and the internet. If you always struggle with your internet while using your computer, it is time to fix that.  Nothing is more unprofessional than a candidate’s computer, camera, or microphone keeps freezing. This can cause you to have to reschedule or lose the job gig. You can use websites to check your internet speed and if it is laggy, go to a local library and hold your interview there. 

Lastly, make sure your computer is on and do not disturb. There is nothing more unprofessional than a potential candidate’s computer blowing up with messages and emails during a virtual interview. There are settings for do not disturb or turning notifications off on all types of electronic devices. 

If you follow these few steps, along with being professional through your body movements and words, you will have a successful interview process. Be sure to check out our job openings so you can get interviewed, at www.cyberjobcentral.com 

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When you think about one of the highest demanded and fastest-growing industries what do you think of? If you thought about the cybersecurity/technology field, you are right! 

According to Cyberseek.org, there are about 715,000 cybersecurity job openings in the U.S. and this number will only grow. The number of people currently holding a cyber field job is around 1.1 million. As people go into college or even come out of college, they are confused about what they want to do with their lives and do not understand how broad the field of cyber security is. There is a job for you in the cyber world, you just have to search for it. 

If you are actively looking for a new job or are unemployed, start looking for your career in the cyber field by visiting our website today! At Cyber Job Central, we provide employers and candidates with everything that will satisfy their needs and wants. One benefit to working with us is that we are only dedicated to cyber jobs and talent. This will be a direct route to secure a job/employee without worrying about them seeing other work fields. 

If you are an employer, let us help you reach all of those candidates within the large cyber talent world. This takes us to another benefit that sets us aside from our competitors is our pricing. Finding and using resources like recruiters, ZipRecruiter, Career Builder, and more could be so expensive and not give you the flexibility you want. However, when you sign up for an employer account you can pick from 4 cheap and successful packages starting as low as $299 a month. This basic package is $299 a month for posting your jobs and searching for candidates. There is no limit on how many job posts you can put on our site and how many candidates you can search for. On top of these packages, we would like to provide you with the code CJC30FREE, to receive your first month free! Thirdly, we make finding candidates easy for you. We will be highlighting your job opening on our website and our social media. Once these candidates have signed up and applied on our website, we provide you with a preset skill feature to locate all of the specific things you want from your candidate. 

Let’s not forget how easy it is for candidates to sign up and start their job search with Cyber Job Central. All you have to do is go to our website and click the Candidate page. It will then instruct you on creating your free candidate account. You should then double-check your resume and upload it to your profile. Once you have entered your information and submitted your resume, you are ready to start applying! 

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to fill the cyber job opening gap. The cyber jobs and talent in this world are just a click away!

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By: Victoria Mauro

On May 24th of 2022, we at Cyber Job Central wanted to hear your opinion or thoughts on if cyber jobs will be affected in the case of a recession. There is no 100% guarantee that the choice we side with is the whole truth of what could happen. However, with research from reliable sources and companies, we were able to come up with the decision of no. No, cyber jobs will not be affected if there were to be a recession. 

Let’s look into what our social media audience had to say about our intriguing question. We posted this poll on 3 different platforms and received some amazing responses. Starting with Instagram, we received a split decision from this poll. Having received a 50/50 response with about 40 participants, this was a great start. Next, we look into Twitter, where we received a smaller amount of participants but we still ended up with 60% of our audience thinking that cyber jobs will be affected if we went into a recession. Lastly, we have LinkedIn, which is where our poll came to life. We hit almost 100 participants, 35% of those responded yes, they will be affected and 65% of those responded no they will not be affected. 

Now that we have shared our poll results with you, let’s discuss why we think that cyber jobs will not be affected by a recession. Technology jobs are pretty much recession-proof. After going through such a hard global pandemic, companies were forced to lay off workers, cut salaries, and so much more. A lot of tech companies did not face most of these struggles during COVID-19 because of the world we currently live in. Almost, if not everything, has been converted to an electronic platform. This is where tech jobs thrive the most. While people could lose their jobs in a recession, cyber jobs would continue to thrive for many reasons. 

The main reason that people in cyber/technology fields would not be affected by a recession is that they can work from home. With the right access and the right equipment, cyber jobs can perform all of their duties from their home. Another main reason is because of the fear that is instilled in companies during a recession requires the help of a cyber worker. Many companies fear that a recession could cause hackers and cyber crimes against their companies so to handle this they will need a cyber professional who can monitor and protect their information. Finally, cyber/IT jobs are listed as the second-highest job that will survive a recession. This is because companies who had to change their whole daily functions around during a time like COVID needed IT workers. An example of this would be schools. Schools were closed for in-person classes and required online learning platforms for an unknown amount of time. During this time, schools need cyber professionals to help them learn, adjust, and fix any platform they were required to perform on. 

Of course, as we stated above, there is no clear answer as to what will truly happen to the world of cybersecurity during a recession but with the knowledge and work efforts put in by these professionals, we can make it through. We can be a recession-proof industry. If you are in cybersecurity now and want to be prepared for your next opportunity or if you are already looking for your next opportunity, be sure to create your profile ready at www.cyberjobcentral.com

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Below are some of the top resume tips so you can be noticed by hiring managers.

By: Victoria Mauro 

Whether you are interested in finding your first job or your full-time career, you should always have a solid resume. A resume is where you list your accomplishments, skills, and previous experience. A resume can be what sets you apart from other candidates during the application process. To create a qualifying resume, you should check to see that your resume holds the following criteria. 

First, be sure your resume holds a simplistic but classy structure. You should be using a font that is seen in Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Two fonts that are the most common and easiest to read are Times New Roman and Arial. As you fix your font style, be sure to check out the size of your font and the length of your resume. Typically, your resume should be no larger than size 12 font and no longer than 1-2 pages. 

Next, look into the details that are highlighted on your resume. Start your resume with your name, city, email, phone number, and any socials you want to include. An example of a social platform that people put on their resume is their most used and appropriate, like LinkedIn. If you do hold social media platforms, make sure that they are up to date because hiring managers can see any information you post on the internet. Under your name and information, you should write an objective that caters to the job field in which you are applying. This should be a few sentences and will help hiring managers get a glimpse of why you want to perform the job they have listed. The last part of the introductory section is your skills. You will want to highlight some of your best strengths as well as some skills that you hold related to the job field. 

 After you do this you will go into your education. Education should be ordered from your most recent education to your past education. If you are in college or out of college, you do not need to have your high school education on your resume. Then you will want to go into your work experience. This is similarly formatted to education where you list your work experience from most recent to past. Once you have listed both your education and work experience, it is time to add in any extra activities/volunteer work or awards that you have completed. 

Finally, as you have gone through and listed all of these valuable pieces in your resume, be sure to add in details. For every education, work experience, and volunteer activity, you should have some information about your success or learning during these events. Do not write these details in paragraph form, it is best if you use bullet points that start with action words. An example of this would be,” – Delivered fast, professional, and kind service to customers during every shift”. You can have about 2-3 bullets for each education, work experience, and activity listed. But remember that you should be no longer than 1-2 pages so do not list everything you did in each section. Only list the important and relative content so that hiring managers can detect why you and your experience are good for their job role. 

Keep your resume grammatically correct and clean so you can secure the job of your dreams! 

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By: Victoria Mauro 

Did you know that a cyberattack occurs every 39 seconds? If this leaves you feeling worried, distraught, or anxious, using an extra security measure, like two-factor authentication, can relieve this feeling by giving your accounts more protection than they had. Although having another security measure cannot 100% protect your account, it is the smartest thing to do to fight off those hackers. 

Even if you were not aware of it, you have probably performed or utilized the two-factor authentication before. Two-Factor Authentication, also known as 2FA/TFA, is just another layer of security that assures the person getting onto an account is the correct person. The most common place people see a 2FA performed is on Google. When you sign on to your Google account on a new device it will ask you to perform two-factor authentication. Google will send a one-time verification code that can be sent to a device of choice. For example, you may choose between those locations if you have a backup email or a cell phone number. Once you have received this code, you will input it onto the Google website and if the code is correct, you will now have access to that Google account. This type of two-factor authentication is called a Device Based Challenge. This term is easy to recall because you are using a device to verify your identity.

However, if you do not want to perform this type of two-factor authentication, there is another type called the knowledge-based challenge. A knowledge-based challenge is when you are verifying your identity by answering questions based on personal information. An example of this would be when you are creating an account and it asks you to choose a security question like what is your mother’s maiden name? Although some may see the knowledge-based questions to be more secure because typically it is information no one will ever know, many still lean towards the device-based for better security. 

Another excellent type of two-factor authentication is seen within the Google Authenticator application. Various companies and websites use Google Authenticator or a similar product to protect their company accounts and their accounts. Google Authentication is similar to a software token, where you sign onto your website and Google Authenticator sends you a code to sign on with. However, this code changes every 30 seconds allowing the use of each code to expire once it has gone past 30 seconds. This provides a wonderful wall for hackers because this code comes and goes and the chances they can guess the code are extremely slim. This platform is very similar to a device-based challenge if not considered the same thing. You still need a device to review these codes but it is better than a code sent to a text because these keep changing every 30 seconds. 

Next time you worry about your account and information being stolen, make sure to utilize two-factor authentication. 

Learn more about 2FA and other cyber topics @:

1. https://authy.com/what-is-2fa/

2. https://knowledge.hubspot.com/account/two-factor-authentication-faq

3. http://www.cyberjobcentral.com/blog