I'm currently in the Navy as a Electronics Technician- Submarines. I want to get into a career in information technology. Though my job involves a plethora of technical knowledge with respect to submarine navigation, I don't not think I am prepared for a job in Information technology. Although, I am currently in the process of obtaining my CompTia Security + certification. However, I do not believe I have sufficient IT training to get "the balling rolling" in my desired field. How do I overcome this? Any suggestions. Also, I haven't interviewed in years. Any profession refresher training that is recommended?
I’d suggest that you network at the target company or industry. Use LinkedIn to find people already working there and reach out to them. Ask them the process they used to get hired and ask them to help you navigate the hiring process and if they are willing, ask them to submit you as a referral. These activities require much more time on your part but in my opinion would greatly increase your chances for success. Good luck!
I would look at the job description and software/systems they use (most mention it in the key responsibilities) and reflect on how you can leverage something you did while serving that was similar. The other approach is research the company before the interview and see what systems they use and get familiar with the terminology or what it does.
Thank you for your question! We would suggest looking through our "Articles" tab for articles specifically surrounding interviews - this series of articles (https://acp-advisornet.org/articles/458/interview-technique-article-1-4-win-every-interview-these-6) is a great place to start.
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The folks above have done a great job pointing out many of the technical aspects of your question, so I wont go there...
What I will say, in respects to your interviews, is first and foremost, Be Yourself... Seems obvious right, but you would be surprised at the people, in interviews, that miss this.
As one of my other duties as assigned, I also serve on the IBM Interview Corps, to help hiring managers as they look to fill positions, bringing in the right person, looking at resumes and assisting the managers conducting actual interviews.
Your soft skills, communication (verbal and written) play a large role in landing any job. Teamwork is also big, but that should come very natural as a veteran, so you have a leg up on most. LinkedIn is a great resource. Put yourself out there and fine tune your profile.
All the best to you in your future endeavors.
You don't mention it specifically, so I'll suggest that skills in scripting (especially Python and similar languages) and networking are crucial. Definitely start there. I expect this will be "table stakes" at places where they care about CompTIA. But...don't limit yourself, unless you just really want to focus only on cybersecurity.
Especially in larger companies (where you might be more comfortable), you should also be looking at virtualization, esp. "containers" and container management -- have a look at openstack and openshift.
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