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BSides St. Pete 2023 Career Track

Join the Career Track sessions for tremendous insight on interviewing, how to build a professional brand, and advice on how build up your cybersecurity career.

Bring a copy of your resume and get direct feedback from active recruiters and industry experts.

Career Track presentations and activities begin at 10:00 am in Room 117

There will be food trucks available for lunch.

Presentations Schedule:

10:00 - 10:30 am

Location: Career Track


Erica Woods, Apex

Unlocking the Power of Networking: Why Cyber Professionals Should Connect

Unlocking the Power of Networking: Why Cyber Professionals Should Connect," we delve into the importance of building professional networks in the cybersecurity realm. Discover how fostering connections can open doors to new opportunities, enhance knowledge sharing, and provide support in this fast-paced, ever-evolving field. Join us to learn strategies for effective networking and start harnessing its power for your career advancement.


10:30 - 11:00 am

Location: Career Track


Suzanne Ricci, Computer Coach

AI Empowered: Revolutionizing Your Job Search Strategy

Join us as we demystify AI's role in the job search process, and equip you with the knowledge and tools to navigate the employment terrain with confidence and success. Learn how to embrace AI, revolutionize your job search strategy, and steer your career path towards brighter horizons.


11:00 - 11:20 am

Location: Career Track

Mastering the Art of Cybersecurity Interviews: Tips, Tricks, and Common Pitfalls


Haley Bastin & Seth Earby

This presentation will provide valuable insights into acing cybersecurity interviews. Attendees will gain an understanding of common interview formats, learn how to effectively communicate their skills and experiences, and receive practical tips to overcome interview challenges specific to the cybersecurity industry. Immediately following the live interview will be an open Q&A from the audience to a panel of experienced professionals.

11:20 - 12:00 pm

Location: Career Track

Interviewing Panel (following above mock-interview)

Join career expert, Suzanne Ricci, as she moderates a panel of business professionals to discuss the current state of the interview process and much more.

Panelist include:

  • Kasandra Perez

  • Haley Bastin

  • Jason Allen

  • Pete Strouse

  • Orlando Haynes

  • Candace Williams

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: Career Track

Talent Mixer

Career Connect: A Networking Mixer for Candidates and Employers

Description: Join us at "Career Connect: A Networking Mixer for Candidates and Employers", a dynamic event designed to foster meaningful connections in a relaxed setting. This is a fantastic opportunity for job seekers to engage directly with potential employers, explore exciting opportunities, and gain industry insights. For employers, it's a chance to meet a diverse group of talented professionals face-to-face. Come, network, explore mutual fits, and potentially take the first step towards your next professional journey.

Participating Companies:

  • Patriot Talent Solutions - Ashley Putnam

  • Lorien - Haley Bastin

  • InfoSecConnect – Pete Strouse

  • Mosiac – Orlando Haynes

  • Abacode – Katrina Cortese

1:00 - 1:30 pm

Location: Career Track


Orlando Haynes

Building a Presence not a Profile

Build a presence not a profile is about growing your personal brand on LinkedIn through content creation to drive more visibility to your profile during your job search journey and creating more opportunities for yourself. 



1:30 - 2:00 pm

Location: Main Room


Peter Strouse

Navigating the Job Market: Building Effective Relationships with Recruiters

Join us for "Navigating the Job Market: Building Effective Relationships with Recruiters", a dynamic session designed to unlock the full potential of your job search. Learn how to effectively communicate with recruiters, understand their role in your job search journey, and gain insights on how to make your profile stand out. Leverage this opportunity to bridge the gap between you and your next cyber job!


2:00 - 3:00 pm

Location: Career Track

Resume Revamp: Expert Review and Personalized Feedback

In this session, our expert team will help refine your resume, highlighting your key strengths and identifying areas of improvement to make your application more compelling in the competitive job market. Whether you're a recent graduate or an experienced professional seeking a career shift, our insights will be invaluable to enhancing your personal brand.

Bring along your current resume and leave with practical tips and feedback to craft a more impactful, employer-catching version.

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