How to Get a Cybersecurity Job in 30 Days without Going to College

September 12, 2019 posted by

– How to get a
cybersecurity job in 30 days without going to college. In this video, we’ll cover some tips, some guidance, and we’ll go
over a complete checklist that goes from day one to day 30 so at the end of day 30, you’ll end up with a job in cybersecurity. A little disclaimer; 30 days is a fairly aggressive timeline, so this does require a big
commitment on your part. It is completely doable, it just requires a commitment from you to accomplish this. Also, this video assumes,
and this checklist assumes, that you do not already have the Security+ certification because we’ll be going over
that specific credential as a stepping stone into cybersecurity, because the Security+ certification is in great demand and it’s one of the
foundational certifications that can help launch your
cybersecurity career. A little background;
I’m Christian Espinosa with Alpine Security. Alpine Security provides
cybersecurity training and consulting. We hire a lot of
cybersecurity professionals. We hire people without college degrees that are certified and
that meet our core values. We know what employers are looking for. If you made it this far in the video, you must be committed to getting a job in cybersecurity in 30 days. In this portion of the video, we’ll go over this checklist
that you see on the screen. The checklist is really a framework for your day one to day 30. You take the proper steps along the way in order to come out
after day 30 employed, or at least with a job
offer, in cybersecurity. Again, this assumes you do not have the Security+ certification because that’s the basis
for this framework; at least a huge part of it is getting that certification. The link to download this
framework or this checklist will be put somewhere
in this video as well or beneath the video. On day one, the first thing you need to do is sign up for the Security+ exam and schedule this 23 days out. It’s critical you sign up on day one so you have it on the calendar. That makes it real and tangible for you. The link to sign up is below
there in the checklist. Also on day one, it’s
important to figure out which study habits or which study methods work best for you. There’s lots of ways to prepare for the Security+ exam. On the screen, there’s a few
examples in this checklist. There’s free video training. There’s a link there
from Professor Messer. Those are good videos
you can watch for free. It’s about 14 hours of free instruction. There’s a study guide here
you can order from Amazon. It’s a good study guide. You can also sign up for
a Security+ boot camp, which the course you take either in person or live online. There’s a link there as well for that. You could do a combination
of all three of those. It’s whatever works best for you. It’s up to you to figure this out, though. Days one through 22, it’s critical that you develop block time or time blocks. This means each day you set aside a specific window of time that you focus on one specific task pertaining to getting
the job in cybersecurity. The task could be watching those videos. It could be doing practice exams. It could be practicing
your interview skills. But you set aside a block of time and that’s all you focus on
during that block of time, also known as mono-tasking. This means shut off all distractions. Purely focus on that so you can make the most of your time. Block the time for your study methods; could be the video,
could be your boot camp, could be reading the book. Also make time for practice test. It’s very important you go
over many practice exams so you’re familiar with
how things are asked on the exam. There’s a link there for
free practice questions and there’s other ones you can find on the Internet as well. During days one through 22, research companies that are hiring Security+-certified people
with limited experience or entry-level positions. You can go on, search by CompTIA Security, leave off the plus,
otherwise it skews results, and then filter your results
by entry-level positions. Then you can further sort those jobs by which ones do not
require a college degree. Some of them will say a
college degree is preferable, but they won’t say it’s required. When you’ve gone through this, create a list of 25, put these in a Word document, Excel, Notepad, whatever you want, the 25 top companies or
top job openings for you that you think will be a good match. Build that list. Within days one to 22, make sure you set aside a block of time to update your resume. If you don’t have a resume, you need to create a resume. You can search on Google for different resume-building
services or templates. There’s lots of resume
templates out there. There’s even one in Microsoft Word. There’s plenty to download and find out. The actual format of the
resume is less important than the content of the resume. Again, in days one through 22, we’re still in that block, prepare for your interview. Start preparing for interviews. A lot of people make the
mistake of getting certified, getting a great resume, but they don’t practice interviews. There’s a link here from Indeed. Read that article, practice interviews, have somebody else ask you questions, and be prepared when you
walk in to interview. Days 18 through 20, start applying for those
top 25 jobs you looked at. Go ahead and start applying for them and let the organization
know that you’re working on the Security+ and you’ll
have it by this date, or that’s your anticipated
date of acquiring it. This starts the dialogue
with those companies. Day 23 through 25, go ahead and take the Security+ exam. You already scheduled it. Show up, take the exam, and hopefully you pass the exam. If you do not pass the exam, it’s not the end of the world. Wait a day, study that day, go over the stuff you missed, the areas that cut you off-guard, and then re-take it two days later. There’s no waiting period between the first time you take the Security+ exam and the next time. If you do pass it either the first time or the second time, update your resume, add the credential, the
Security+ credential, and then email all those 25 companies you already reached out
to and let them know you have acquired the Security+ exam. You’ve already established a line of communication with them, now you’re following up with them. This shows that you’re
interested and you’re committed because you said you would do something and you did it. It helps you establish
a line of communication with those companies. It helps you get your foot in the door for the interview, which is the next step. Days 26 through 30 are the interviews. You should’ve practiced the interviews, you should be ready to go, and you should do a great
job with interviews. Hopefully after these
30 days, or even before or a little bit after, you’ll land a job in cybersecurity. These days can shift a little bit. This is just a rough guidance
on this checklist here, but it’s critical you
not only get certified, it’s critical you search for the jobs that will meet your criteria of not having a degree and having entry-level experience. It’s also critical you make sure your resume looks awesome. I didn’t mention it too much here, but you need to tweak your resume for each company’s job opening. One of the things that people do, one of the mistakes people make is they’ll send a generic resume to every company. If a company’s asking
for something specific, tweak your resume to
leverage your background and tie it to what they’re asking for. You should really have a
unique resume that you send for each of those 25 openings. And then as I mentioned,
practice the interviews. Let us know how the process goes for you. I’m sure you’ll do great. Best of luck.

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