RECRUITING FOR CYBERSECURITY AND DIGITAL TRUST
Marketing your organization and opportunities to students is a critical step in any recruiting process. Below are some suggestions for increasing your visibility among Ohio State’s talented students and creating a successful recruitment plan at the university.
CREATE YOUR JOB POSTING
Create a job posting that entices students. Students and recent graduates respond more often to job descriptions that are direct and transparent, so be detailed and specific. Avoid unclear language, and spell out acronyms. Consider using Textio.com to analyze and optimize your job description to get students’ attentions.
Include these types of information:
Who You Are:
- Brief overview of your organization, with differentiating points such as company culture, flexible work schedule, multiple locations.
- Type of position being filled: seasonal or permanent, full- or part-time, paid or unpaid, type of shift
- Goals and expected outcomes for the position, and an outline of the position’s daily duties and responsibilities
- Work environment – individual or group – specifically of the team hiring for the position
- Location, amount of travel required, and housing (if any provided)
Who You’re Seeking:
- Don’t confuse general IT skills (e.g. Networking, Helpdesk) with specific Cybersecurity/Trust skills (e.g. Digital Protection, Incident Response, Privacy, etc.). “Cyber” is not “Cybersecurity”.
- Required vs. preferred skills and qualifications.
- Focus on the core requirements of the job – don’t over-specify.
- Look for foundational (e.g. Networking, Software Development) and professional (e.g. communications, teamwork) skills first, and prepare to train cyber skills on the job.
- Focus on required skills/knowledge, not titles or certifications. Consider using https://niccs.us-cert.gov/workforce-development/cyber-career-pathways to identify the appropriate tasks, knowledge and skills.
- Types of majors and degrees; be inclusive as possible here. Any major can have students with the skills and interests you’re looking for.
- Visa and work permit requirements; do you accept OPT or CPT students (see guide below)?
How To Apply:
- Our students utilize Handshake.osu.edu, so we ask you post the position on the Handshake platform. You may also include links to your website, application site, etc. Be sure to provide links to important information about the opportunity so students can easily access it.
- Process for applying and desired materials, e.g., resume, cover letter, portfolio, etc.
REACH YOUR IDEAL CANDIDATES
Consider your target audience and the size of the net you cast. Students with cybersecurity and trust skills can be found in a variety of majors including computer science, data analytics, international studies, policy, ethics, psychology, law, etc. If your ideal candidates can hail from various backgrounds, it may be good to reach out to several college career services offices as well as Buckeye Careers to access the widest audience possible. Consider carefully whether to indicate undergraduate vs. graduate majors or a specific rank, as doing so may exclude students with skills you want.
Distinguish the Role.
Instead of “Cybersecurity position”: consider alternatives such as:
- Security Engineer
- Security Analyst
- Policy and Governance
- Training and Awareness
- Defender (Blue Team)
- Ethical Hacker (Red Team)
Plan to post summer positions in the fall.
Students are most active with job or internship searches during autumn and spring semesters, and top companies recruit for summer positions in the fall. During the summer, students are often away participating in study abroad, working at summer internships, etc. When creating your university recruiting strategy, keep this timeframe in mind to be most competitive for top students.
It can take up to 48 business hours for your position to be reviewed and approved by career services staff. Once approved, it can take another few days for students to see the post and start applying.
Leverage Ohio State’s network of student organizations.
This can be particularly useful if you are seeking a specific skillset or experience. At Ohio State, cybersecurity student organizations are dedicated to cybersecurity and diversity and regularly post information on internships, jobs, and part-time work to their network of undergraduate and graduate members. Information on student organizations can be found at icdt.osu.edu and https://activities.osu.edu/involvement/student_organizations/find_a_student_org/.
Follow Equitable Hiring Practices.
Post your resume in Handshake for all to see – use keywords to focus on specific skills or interests. Once you have received your pool of resumes, you may ask your OSU career contacts who they may recommend.
Developing relationships with students is key to promoting your brand and the opportunities it offers. Get involved in career development, even if you do not have current job openings. Contact icdt.osu.edu for opportunities.
- Serve on an employer panel
- Participate in mock interviews
- Conduct resume reviews
- Attend career and internship fairs https://careers.osu.edu/employers/career-fairs
- Speak at ICDT events
- Engage with student events such as the Hackathon (hack.osu.edu) or Capture The Flag (CTFs:https://ctf.osucyber.club/)
Utilize Ohio State resources for conducting interviews. On-campus interviews are an easy, accessible way to find student talent. Ohio State offers a wide range of on-campus resources to employers.
What is Optional Practical Training and Curricular Practical Training?
*Please see the ice.gov website for current information
If you are an F-1 visa student, you have the option of training in the United States by engaging in practical training during your program or after it ends. Practical training can provide valuable work experience by sharpening and adding to the skills you are learning in school. There are two types of practical training available for F-1 students: curricular practical training (CPT) and optional practical training (OPT).
- CPT is integral to your major and the experience must be part of your program of study.
- You can work on CPT either full-time or part-time.
- CPT requires a signed cooperative agreement or a letter from your employer.
- If you have 12 months or more of full-time CPT, you are ineligible for OPT, but part-time CPT is fine and will not stop you from doing OPT.
- OPT must relate to your major or course of study.
- You can apply for 12 months of OPT at each education level, (i.e., you may have 12 months of OPT at the bachelor’s level and another 12 months of OPT at the master’s level).
- While school is in session, you may only work 20 hours per week.
24-Month STEM OPT Extension
All F-1 students who are currently on a regular period of OPT and are eligible for a STEM OPT extension must apply for the 24-month STEM OPT extension.
- You may qualify for an additional 24 months of OPT under the following circumstances:
- You are currently participating in a regular period of OPT.
- You received a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree at an undergraduate level or higher and seek a training opportunity related to this degree.
- The employer from which you are seeking employment uses the E-Verify program.
- You and your prospective employer have completed and signed the Form I-983, “Training Plan for STEM OPT Students.”