Every year, the security job landscape changes. 2023 will not be an exception. Many security companies that employ security personnel are already affected by the state of the global economic economy. You will most likely be affected by a restructuring process.
These are the top security career challenges that you will face together in the new year, as well as some tips on how to conquer them.
Return to the office vs. remote work
Many security jobs require hands-on work and that makes remote work impractical, To begin with. However, Management positions may have allowed employees to work remotely and in a mixed setting over the past few years.
Companies will continue to bring more employees into their office workspaces, new challenges will exist for security, safety, and risk management professionals. You can also manage your return to the office, you will be responsible for securing assets and individuals that are significantly more geographically dispersed today than they were in the past.
Return to in-person interviewing.
You need to improve your face–to–face communication skills. Although companies still use conference-call interviews as their initial stages, 2022 shifts of travel will allow you to meet potential employers face to face. Even though office dress codes are more casual than they were pre-COVID, your at-home attire may need some updating.
Potentially seismic shifts at home and in work-life balance
As people return to work onsite, personal stressors are becoming more prominent in the workplace. It can be difficult to what the new normal is in your personal work/home life balance. Your colleagues will experience the same. To better protect yourself against disruptive changes, pay attention to your physical and mental health.
Less secure jobs are available
Companies are still competing aggressively for security specialist roles, such as technical or clearance positions. Others are overwhelmed with applicants and have started to reduce incentives for hiring such as sign-on bonuses. As financial and other instabilities impact organizations, the number of available positions will remain in flux. Start your career search now if you’re thinking about making a career switch this year. It might take longer than you would expect.
Streamed Departments with additional responsibilities that were previously not covered under the same umbrella
Companies are looking for cost-saving options. Some of them combine functions together in sometimes unusual combinations. Security professionals may not have the necessary skill sets to transition into one or more of these new areas. If you’re interested in certain aspects of your job but are not proficient in them, Explore education options to stay current on your ever-changing portfolio of responsibilities.
The potential to be downsized
This is a common occurrence when companies merge or cut back on their functions. Assess your organization to determine if you could be targeted for a layoff. You might be able to take on other responsibilities that could make you a valuable asset in a restructuring situation.
Organizations are becoming more selective
Our recruitment projects are seeing an increase in the number of applicants. Many people have the potential for greatness in a job. With a greater number of applicants to choose from, companies are now more focused on finding the right candidate for their mission. Find out what you need to be different from other applicants. You should have a strategy that highlights your uniqueness, and best positions you to be the right candidate for the job.
Over your entire working life, there will be challenges to your security career success. You can expect some unexpected obstacles this year, so it is wise to plan ahead.