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Military Veterans are an important community for consideration for cybersecurity jobs. Whether they have direct military experience with information security or possibly possess a highly desirable security clearance (or ability to qualify for a clearance), our nation’s military veterans are increasingly recognized as an attractive talent candidate pool for our most critical cybersecurity roles. In fact, the combined response from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Commerce to Executive Order 13800 included a specific recommendation regarding veterans, “… it is necessary to expand the pool of cybersecurity candidates through retraining and by increasing the participation of women, minorities, and veterans.”

NEW: NIST SP1500-16  'Improving Veteran Transitions to Civilian Cybersecurity Roles: Workshop Report a written summary of a workshop held in 2017 with recommendations for government and industry to support military personnel with cybersecurity skills as they consider their future in the private sector.

Career Preparation AND EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS

Career exploration:

Cyberseek.org, supported by NIST/NICE, is a website that visually depicts the cybersecurity job market. Determine which state or city has greatest demand for talent. Look at sample career pathways, job requirements, and salary information.

Unsure which area of cybersecurity interests you the most? The NICCS portal from DHS offers a comparison of the varied cybersecurity careers. 

This resource page also provides cybersecurity industry history and overview, along with veteran resources from University of North Dakota.

Browse these resources for cybersecurity students from University HQ or insight into one option for a pathway to becoming a cybersecurity analyst

The Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE) Cyber Career Map is an interactive map of cyber education, trainings, certifications and career pathways. Users can chart personal paths to a cyber career with the exploration dashboard and zoom in for jobs, education, resources and much more.

The ICMA (International City/County Management Association) has prepared a guidebook for finding positions of all kinds for veterans within your local government.

Looking for training?

If you are still in the military but planning for your transition to civilian life, you can begin preparing with online education. FedVTE is a Federal source of FREE online cybersecurity education courses.

This special program for veterans from CBTNuggets includes six months of free training (including some select cybersecurity courses). Military personnel within 6 months of separation can request up to six months free access to the training library.

Acronis SCSVets helps arm participants with the internationally-recognized credentials, skills, and resources they need to pursue self-sustaining cybersecurity careers.

FortiVet facilitates the transition of exceptional military veterans into the cybersecurity industry, providing professional networking, training, and mentoring.

VetSuccess Academy is an intensive, scholarship-based, accelerated training program that provides SANS world class training and GIAC certifications to quickly and effectively launch careers in cybersecurity.

Within 180 days of transitioning from the military?

The Department of Defense’s SkillBridge program is designed for transitioning military to leverage their skills with industry work experience while they are still within their military program. Some SkillBridge programs are also available to veterans, although pay and benefit schemes will be different. Check with your local SkillBridge contact.

Considering completing a bachelor’s degree or beyond?

Vet Success on Campus is a program for veterans transitioning to higher education. Each school has a counselor who helps veterans plan for education and employment.

National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) are 2- and 4-year institutions with a rigorous, accredited cybersecurity program and receive this designation from the National Security Agency and DHS. Find a CAE program in your community.

CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service is a grant program from the National Science Foundation to eligible students (undergrad and graduate) at participating schools to receive up to three years of financial assistance in return for working in the federal, state, local or tribal government.

University HQ has also put together some information on how to earn a degree in cybersecurity

Preparing your job search

Access articles, tips and online tools to help military transitioners explore different career and post-secondary education options at gijobs.com

Write a civilian-focused career resumé. Use O*Net to match language used in military roles to the positions you are applying for or watch the NICE tutorial on resumé writing.

Translate your skills. My Next Move can help identify how a military person might describe that work. Here is an example for an Information Security Analyst with examples of titles from the military and how it translates to civilian life.

Prepare for interviews. Watch the NICE tutorial on interviewing techniques or read these tips on job interviews from Military.com. 

Create your LinkedIn profile (or other career sites). (Note: LinkedIn’s premium service is provided for a limited time for active duty and transitioning military). 

Learn about veteran employment companies and information at Military.com (part of Monster.com). Military.com also has a Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) Skills Translator that maps to jobs.

Search for cybersecurity jobs. Cybercareers.gov provides resources for those seeking jobs in the Federal government. Visit the job seeker page to see a sample of open jobs. Silentprofessionals.org provides a list of vetted private security jobs. Search for jobs in the areas of  IT/Network, Technology, and more.

FEDERAL RESOURCES FOR VETERAN JOB SEEKERS

Department of Homeland Security Resources

Department of Homeland Security/NICCS Cybersecurity Education and Training Opportunities for Veterans

Department of Labor CareerOneStop Veteran and Military Transition Center

Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Office (regional offices)

Department of Labor Veterans Apprenticeship information (for veterans and employers)

Office of Personnel Management CyberCareers.gov

Office of Personnel Management Federal Employment Information (Feds Hire Vets)

USAJobs.gov Veterans Website

Veterans Affairs Careers and Employment Information 

Veterans Affairs Veteran’s Opportunity to Work

Non-Profit Resources

Disabled American Vets

Hire Our Heroes

P.A.V.E. (Paving Access for Veterans Employment) from Paralyzed Veterans of America’s vocational rehabilitation and employment services program. Note - the employment program is not just for disabled veterans.

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USO’s Pathfinder Program 

 

Created December 5, 2019, Updated August 28, 2020