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Any tips on breaking into the IT industry?


Angel Reyes Bear, DE

Hello everyone, I'm currently in the middle of a career transition from the real estate finance industry into the IT/Cybersecurity industry and have been having a hard time getting traction with entry level positions. I've been proactive with self study and currently have the CompTia Security+ certification and am working on the Google IT Professional certification as well. I have been applying to as many entry level roles as I can but haven't had much luck in getting many interviews which I'm guessing is based on lack of experience. It's hard to get actual experience if companies aren't willing to take a chance but I have done a few projects that I documented on my GitHub to show some level of competency. I feel like I've been doing everything I'm "supposed" to be doing but haven't seen the results I am looking for. I'm open and appreciative to any advice you may have for me!


10 October 2023 3 replies Career Exploration



Amit Chaudhary San Jose, CA

Adding to Lyena’s good answer.
Use linkedin to see what you can learn from those doing that specific job, how and where they atarted.
Do not apply to as many positions as possible,
Now your profile is marked as not shortlisted in their internal candidate database, apply to few a week and make them count. How, customize resume for each, check for referral and so on.

Lastly, if you want, put your resume and one job profile you will apply this week in new question to get feedback from advisors here. Then follow recommendations that make sense to you and apply


Lyena Solomon Santa Clara, CA

One suggestion I have for you, Angel, is to look for people you know in the companies you want to work for. Find jobs you want to apply in those companies and ask the people you know to refer you to them. It is more likely that a recruiter will look at your resume.

Another suggestion is to consider a contracting job. Often companies have contract-to-hire positions.

Finally, start networking in security-related communities. Go to meetups or conferences, meet people, connect with them on LinkedIn. Expand the network and apply tip #1.

Good luck,


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