When it comes to hiring, enterprise security teams can use all of the help that they can rally. When hiring entry-level talent, that’s not as easy as it may seem — many times because entry-level applicants don’t do everything they could to help their cause.

For years a dearth of young professionals interested in cybersecurity has existed, but that could be changing for the better. This is both good news and bad news for cybersecurity job seekers. While the competition for these positions will be heating up (bad news), the good news (for job applicants, anyway) is that number of openings remains vast. According to the Global Information Security Workforce Study, the cybersecurity talent skills shortage remains stark. By 2022, there will be a 1.8 million worker shortage – a 20 percent increase since 2015, this Frost & Sullivan for the Center for Cyber Safety and Education survey predicts.

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Six entry-level cybersecurity job seeker failings