What to know about the Cyber + Cloud Virtual Career Fair on Jan. 28: Job titles, employers, & more
What if we told you that you could interview with more than two dozen tech companies hiring for a combined 5,000 positions including Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Splunk, DocuSign and BAE Systems, all in the span of a few hours and from the comfort of your home? The Cyber & Cloud Virtual Career Fair on Jan. 28 will be your chance to do just that.
This virtual networking and hiring event is open to candidates of all experience levels in the IT field; while many hiring companies are in need of candidates with security clearances, plenty are hiring for positions that do not require clearances. Technologists from all locations are welcome to attend– the companies in this virtual fair are located in the Northern Virginia/D.C. tech hub, but there is potential for fully remote positions as well.
With a whopping 27 leading tech companies participating in the Cyber & Cloud Virtual Career Fair, we thought we’d give you a head start on some of the questions you might have for the participating employers.
Spoiler alert: If there is one takeaway from chatting with these companies, it’s that the benefit of being a technologist in Northern Virginia can be summarized in two words: job security.
Do I need a security clearance to interview with the employers at the Cyber & Cloud Virtual Career Fair?
While some of the employers participating are strictly looking for those with clearances such as Constellation West and Altamira, many companies are hiring for positions that do not require a clearance. For example, Calibre, ICF and CirrusLabs are all hiring for both cleared and non-cleared talent. There are also employers that don’t require clearances for any of their open positions such as Hexaware, ID.me and DocuSign.
What are some of the titles employers are in need of for their open positions?
Open positions include but are not limited to:
- Java Developer, Java Architect
- Full Stack Developer
- Software Engineer
- DevOps Engineer
- Cloud Engineer
- IT Architect
- Cyber Security Engineer
- Cyber Security Analyst
- Program and Project Managers
- Data Scientist
- AWS Developer
- Cyber Security Instructional Designer
- Cyber Security Technical Writer
Will there be any opportunities for candidates who are not currently in the IT field?
The majority of positions at this fair are for technologists, however a couple companies are hiring for jobs in other departments in addition to their IT roles. For example, DocuSign is hiring for account executives and managers in software sales; ICF is hiring for a graphic designer; ID.me is also hiring for member support representatives.
I want to work somewhere that really makes a difference. What are some examples of meaningful work taking place at these companies?
The phrase “tech for good” gets thrown around in the technology sector, but many companies in Northern Virginia actually exemplify this idea of utilizing technology to improve social, economic and/or environmental outcomes. This fair will give you opportunity to learn more about the cyber security companies that actively protect our nation against attacks like BAE Systems, Easy Dynamics and Altamira, support our military and Department of Defense like Kreative Technologies, and the only company authorized to verify identity over video (ID.me), which has been vital during the pandemic especially.
Why should a technologist work and live in Northern Virginia?
If there is one thing all companies in the region have in common, it’s the need for dynamic talent in the tech sector (and beyond).
“Northern Virginia is a place where people have a lot of great options to do whatever they want to do, it really does draw in the best talent in the world.” – Altamira
In addition to the competitive cost of living in Northern Virginia (especially when compared to other tech hubs like Silicon Valley or NYC), the high salaries, cluster of top employers in IT and literal thousands of open jobs in Northern Virginia make it an ideal place for tech talent to call home with high job security.
If you’d like to learn more or simply what to browse all companies participating, we encourage you to review the list of employers that are joining the virtual hiring event here. Make note of your questions and the employers that pique your interest most– you’ll have the chance to talk to them yourself on Thursday, January 28 anytime from 1-4pmET at the Cyber + Cloud Virtual Career Fair. Secure your spot and register for free today!