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How to go about seeking employment with beginner experience?

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Tyhescia stone San Antonio, TX

I have been trying to find positions related to my MOS (35N) and in this area it seems impossible. The experience I have does not directly correlate with few, if any, positions that I have come across. I have a bachelors degree in criminal justice and four years of experience working in that field. I do not want to relocate considering this was a costly move. What suggestions would you have for someone in my positions? Rewriting my resume? Obtaining certifications? I plan on enrolling in school to get a masters in cybersecurity to see if that aids me in my job search..

17 January 2022 4 replies Military to Civilian Transition

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Advisor

Jeff Martin Ashburn, VA

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!

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Steve Prew Littleton, CO

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Erick Gamas Spring, TX

Miss Stone
Thanks for your service. With a B.Sc. in Criminal Justice with four years of experience any medium size metropolitan area is the proper market for your training; police or court officer seem to be good options. It is important to avoid presenting too many limitations (relocation not negotiable, for example) or showing urgency in getting a job, any job.
It seems that a proper strategy is in order, that is, identifying your potential employers in your area first and other areas where you are willing to drive no more than 2h a day each way. Being open to weekly commuting (home on weekends) can also allow you more flexibility.
A good resume outlining your area training and experience is always a good idea. You can find many good templates in internet sites.
Getting a job is not unlike a hunting strategy, identify your target, your surrounding environment and key players. You might want to use a professional social network to approach potential employers.
Other tools like Indeed.com, Monster.com, LinkedIn or a career counselor in the closest college or university can also help.
Getting additional or more advanced degrees should be motivated by the desire of learning and specializing as there is no guarantees of job offers upon graduation.

Please message me if I can be of additional assistance

Advisor

Kile Taylor Fincastle, VA

Do you have a career path or at least an idea of the type of positions you want now? Your MOS can give you a wide range of experience. You want to get your master's in cyber? Do you have any experience in the cyber security arena? I am a recruiter and I have done a lot of technical recruiting. Luckily, if you have some technical experience, you could get a remote position, which means you would work from home. Certificates do help if you have limited credentials, but ultimately the degree is what is best. Rewriting your resume to target a specific job is always a good idea. Do you have a security clearance? Many times, this could open up opportunities. You can put your resume on clearancejobs.com. Also, create a linkedin account if you have not already. Make it easier for recruiters to find you.

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