Now that I had I had put together both types of my resumes I can start filling out applications. I have an end goal of getting into cyber security. After reading the requirements for the jobs I would like to apply to, they want experience. Here lies the problem, how am I suppose to have experience in a new career field when its a new career field.
I do have one thing going for me, my wife is a in the Air Force and we are located at Vandenberg Space Force base.I get preference for jobs on base due to being a spouse of an Active Duty military member. This base has a lot of positions for people with Computer Science degrees but many of the positions here are looking for people who have had experience. My current landlord works on base and told me to just apply even though I don’t have experience or haven’t graduated yet.
So this is where I am and I have started to apply for positions. I applied to two jobs at SpaceX, Elon doesn’t know it yet but we are destined to become besties, the position I applied to was a IT Sys Admin and Sys Analyst. I’ve also applied to RGNext to their Pre-Flight Analyst position which designs the screens for the rocket launches, this would be pretty cool. There was a new grad position I did find that was for Software Engineer at L3 Harris Technologies. The last job I applied to on LinkedIn was a Help-Desk Specialist at ByLight. My ideal job would be a GS position on base, to get a GS position you would need to apply for jobs through the USAJOBS site.
I searched through the USAJOBS site and found a few positions that I meet the basic requirements for. The application process on this site is a lot different then applying for civilian jobs. USAJOBS‘s application process is a few more steps. Along with the submission of a lengthy government resume, you are required to fill of a questionnaire and submit transcripts. If you fail to meet all the requirement your application will just be thrown out. You application will never get pulled to move to the next step of the process. Before you hit the submit button make sure you have everything needed to apply. If you are rejected you wont be allowed a second chance to try again.
The one position that I wanted to apply to required a Computer Science degree and technically I have not graduated yet. I’ll apply after the fall quarter, the other position I did find required a degree and needed 20 credit hours of Computer Science classes, I did meet these requirements.The positions title is Information Technology Specialist and is located at many military bases. This is a good start now we wait and see if we get any response, if not I’ll keep applying. The saying goes shooters shoot and I’ll just keep shooting .
Now We Wait
So I guess the first step in trying to get a new career field has been taken. This blog may be all about how not to try to get a job or how to get a job. I guess the ending will right itself in due time. Wish me luck.