Planned to use an alt for this to avoid doxxing, but new account couldn’t post. Oh well. Curious what you all think on this subject- would the risk of quitting a job to work on myself and have a gap on my resume potentially be worth it, or would it look worse from a hiring manager’s perspective to quit my job after 6 months?
I’m a team leader for a cybersecurity team, and getting burnt out in my current role. I’ve been a cybersecurity analyst/engineer for a few years (sysadmin before that), and was recently recruited to a team to be an analyst. Before starting, however, the position was changed to a leadership role due to the previous team lead’s departure (hiring process took a few months for background investigation).
Under normal circumstances that would be fine, but in this particular shop it means more time doing management and meetings than actual work. The recruiter never passed along to me that this change in scope would be happening, so it was a bit of a shock on day one. I have absolutely no interest in being a manager. I don’t care to do performance reviews, contract reviews, or the multitude of senior meetings that my life has become. If they’d communicated this to me prior to starting I would have absolutely backed out, but instead the position was re-written without notification.
I’ve been wanting to switch over to pentesting for a while. I have some SANS certs and do CTFs, but I’m thinking about quitting my job to take a few months to just work on my skills. I’d like to get my OSCP and build-up a few of the python scripts I’ve been working on in my free time and publish them to github, as well as just take time to pursue some unrelated hobbies. Financially I’m in good shape and can afford to not work for a while, plus my spouse makes good enough money to support us both if need be.
Am I shooting myself in the foot? I’ve been struggling to make the time to develop the pentesting skills, and am just too tired after work to put any meaningful time into it. I’ve got experience with pentesting, just not as my full-time primary responsibility so I’d need to do a bit more preparation to be ready to jump into a role. A few months of treating study as my job could go a long way, but I’m curious what this looks like from the hiring manager side of the table. I’m getting burnt out, and am getting into that mindset where I dread going to work.
I’d consider taking an in-place demotion if that were an option (since that’s effectively what I was trying to do in the first place), but due to staffing constraints we wouldn’t be able to make this happen unless somebody else on my team quit or were fired.
Have any of you been in this position or done this? Did the gap in employment make an impact on your ability to re-enter the workforce or pivot to a new role? Thanks for any feedback.