Have you just started your job hunt and already had issues finding a role for your junior-level skills? You are not alone. Sometimes we content creators make it seem like a sure fit to get into the industry, but it isn’t always so.
Job hunting takes effort, luck, and determination. In this post, we will cover job listing sites, companies, and recruiters hiring for Junior SOC Analysts. With these tools, your job hunt should come to a conclusion in no time!
If you have been patiently waiting for a blog to tell you where you to go to put in your resume, you are in luck. I have tons of resources for this blog and will add this to the “Land a Job” section to add any new resources.
Let’s get started
LinkedIn is one of the best job sites, in my opinion. Although, I must admit that I am a little biased. But for a good reason. Most of my jobs have come from this singular resource.
The biggest complaint in job hunting is how long it takes to submit an application. LinkedIn has a solution for this. You can easily submit applications with the “Easy Apply” feature. The option is available with every job listing but appears often enough to be useful.
In addition, LinkedIn has a pretty solid advanced search. You can filter by essential items such as the type of job and whether the job is remote. But most of all, the site has tons of jobs. As a bonus, if you network well with recruiters, you will find jobs in your news feed as well.
Make sure you fill out your LinkedIn profile and mark that you are actively looking for a job. You will be surprised by how often recruiters reach out directly with job offers. With a professional-looking profile, you are ready for the Easy Apply feature, and you can now use your profile to quickly generate resumes. You are welcome.
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2. Google Job Search
According to Google, these jobs come from all across the internet, including employer sites and job boards. To use Google to search for jobs, just add the keyword “jobs” to your search. For instance, your search may look like “junior soc analyst jobs.” Really job searching is as easy as that with Google.
Like LinkedIn Jobs, Google does a great job of putting together a wide collection to sift through with the ability to use advanced search features. Unfortunately, there is no quick way to apply for these jobs, and you will have to use the source of the listing to apply for the job.
If you are after a massive source of job listings, this is a good source. Because it relies on other job sites, Google makes using sites like indeed, monster, etc., useless.
Yes, I said Google makes job sites useless. But, it would be nice to quickly apply to jobs, right? Well, Dice has this feature.
If you had to take the time to fill out a profile at one of these sites, I would suggest Dice. It was between this and Indeed. Dice had so many more technical listings than Indeed that the choice was a no-brainer.
This is another solid job board that provides quality listings for infosec. I have had reasonably good luck on this platform finding security roles. I personally haven’t landed a job from this platform but I do see many I qualify for. It is worth checking out and submitting your resume to increase your odds of landing that first job.
Soc as A Service Companies
Just an FYI. I don’t support any of the businesses listed or get kickbacks in any way. Nor do I have inside information to suggest you can easily get a job with the recommended businesses.
These are listed merely for your convenience because they are continuously hiring people at the entry-level. The details are merely derived from the job listing and my interpretation of the wording.
In my opinion, the SOC is one of the best places to start as an infosec professional. You come across many technologies, attack techniques, and business processes. These experiences will give you a jump start to all the knowledge you need to consume to grow in the field.
Yes, it can be hard work, and yes, your first month will feel like a water hose. But once the dust settles, you are positioned well to figure out where you want to go in information security. Manager, engineer, penetration tester, incident response, forensics, malware analysis, or detection engineer?
In the SOC, you will interact with most if not all of these roles. Often being able to work closely with them and ask questions. The SOC is the frontlines of cyber warfare. What better way to cut your teeth?
They are a Managed Security Services Provider with SOC’s all over the world. Although the listing does not list at the Junior level, they are known to hire junior level people. Because it is not specifically junior, you will most likely need some experience or a degree. The experience from an internship or help desk will work fine for this position. And as always, a certification will increase your odds to land an interview.
Job listing: Security Analyst
I see junior-level listings crop up from time to time with ECS. The roles seem to be primarily on-site versus remote work that is appearing more often. The available positions do not have “junior” in the title; however, the description language indicates more junior people are acceptable.
Like with ReliaQuest, experience and certifications will increase your chances of an interview.
Job Listing: Junior Cyber SOC Analyst
6. Artic Wolf
Artic Wolf is one of the new kids on the block when it comes to SOC as a Service. This means yes, they are a startup but, you will be able to climb the ranks quickly. My first job was in a startup, and promotions came pretty fast.
The downside to working at a startup is that the work is really fast-paced, and you really need to be a fast learner willing to work some crazy hours. You will get your hands dirty in many areas of the business. Expect to do some project management, sales management, engineering, or customer service working at a startup. As the company expands, they will hire other people to take on these duties full-time.
Over all, startups are a fantastic place to get experience but only if you are willing to sacrifice a healthy work-life balance for a while. I highly recommend doing a year with a company like this. You will be exposed to so many new things you would otherwise come across like building out a new service offering.
Job Listing: Careers
7. Digital Hands
These guys have been around for a while, and I know a few people who were hired here with minimal experience. Their IT Security Associate Analyst listing calls for a Bachelor's degree at a minimum. This means an excellent role for college graduates. If you have the SEC+ I would consider applying anyway. Some companies are flexible with the degree and experience if the candidate's resume looks good.
This is also a remote job. I am on the fence when it comes to remote jobs for entry-level people. If the company handles the juniors properly, it can be done well. Otherwise, you may feel like you are on an island with no idea what’s going on at the company.
If you get an interview, make sure to ask about the remote nature and how they do things. What do they do to bring the team together and build the culture?
Job Listing: IT Security Associate Analyst
Recruiters sometimes have a bad reputation, but they can be a good tool for job hunting. Because it is so hard to find someone who treats you like a human, I am providing you with a list of recruiters who can help you land a junior-level role.
You can expect these companies to help you with your resume, get you interviews, and respond to your communications.
This doesn’t mean they will do all the work for you. You will need to be responsive in kind, follow the recruiter’s suggestions, be respectful of their time and do well in your interviews.
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Think of the recruiter and candidate relationship as symbiotic. For them to do well, you have to do well. But if you are rude, unresponsive, missing interviews, or unprofessional, they may drop you. Choosing instead to work with better-behaved candidates.
You can’t blame them. After all, the recruiter’s reputation is on the line. If you make them look bad in front of their clients, they can lose contracts and money. You would do the same if you were in their place.
With that being said, please treat them well and follow their advice. I will do a future post on interacting with recruiters to get the most out of the relationship.
8. Samurai Hire
This company is run by one of my personal friends. I mean, his motto says it all “We treat candidates like our masters.” He will work hard to find you a position, but you have to work hard as well.
Derek likes to make sure the candidate is a good fit for the company and that the company is a good fit for the candidate. His goal is to make sure when you get the job, you are happy.
You can expect some one-on-one time with him as he walks you through the job-hunting process and prepares you to do well. He does everything possible to make a good match. And he always surprises me with innovative ways to make the process smoother.
I have worked with Joe at HuntSource for years to look for positions. Although I have only worked with him, I am sure HuntSource is great as well. He is at the management level and is serious about what he does. I believe all the recruiters will treat you with the same level of respect as Joe.
Two of the things HuntSource does to help candidates land a job are updating the resumes and continuously following up with the candidates on opportunities. In my interactions with Joe, he was interested in what I was looking for, not just trying to force-fit me in a role. This is the mark of a good recruiter.
They also do a great job of letting you know about the potential companies, the culture, and management. From my conversations, I can easily tell if the role and company will be a good fit.
This company was recently recommended to me by a colleague. He was impressed with one of their recruiters and said they did everything we wish recruiters did. As a recruiter, you can’t get much better praise than that.
Check out Optomi if you are looking for a recruiter, and let me know how your experience goes.
Well, that is it for this blog. Makes sure to check out all of these resources and continue to work hard to find your first job. Most people say job hunting is a full-time job, and that can be true.
My goal is to shorten the time between the start of job hunting and the end. A tall task indeed. Each blog is written so that you instantly see results when the information is put into practice. If you haven’t already, check out the other blogs in this series for more tips.
As always, if you use any of the recommendations, please let me know how they pan out. Both positive and negative feedback is always welcomed!
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