January 14, 2021

Last Semester CS Student: How Do I Find A Job ASAP?


Hey all. I’m starting my last semester in a couple weeks, and I will graduate in May. I want to pursue a career in cybersecurity. Not sure what I like yet, as I have limited experience. The only hands on stuff I’ve done in school is some penetration testing techniques, digital forensics, and basic network security. Therefore, I don’t know what I’d like to aim for in the long run, but I definitely want to get into cybersecurity.

[My resume](https://imgur.com/a/JUHCTR8), if you would like to take a look. I don’t have any internships. I have one noteworthy project with five other people in a web development class. It used express, node, mongodb, pug and git. And I presume I’ll generate one more noteworthy project this coming semester in my capstone computing class. Resume critiques would be appreciated.

I have read that there are many positions that lead into cybersecurity, from software engineering, to networking, to financial analysis roles. So should I apply to all of these roles? From what I can gather from reading other posts, I am already too late on applying for positions that begin shortly after I graduate in May? Should I be applying right now to get a job as soon as possible? Also, could someone settle the whole cover letter debate for me: do I write them or not? And how’s the job market doing now? I have been very pessimistic about my likelihood of getting a job quickly after graduation. So, I wonder if it might be a good idea to apply for roles like technician at a computer repair shop or help desk roles too? Tips on places to look, services to use, and specific companies to apply to? I’m in the Tri-state area.

TL;DR: I’d like any and all advice on getting a tech job ASAP after graduation. I’m very pessimistic about that possibility, so I want to know what I can do right now, two weeks before my last semester. Should I be applying to everything right now?

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