Captain (Capt) Carlos Rincon was a Reconnaissance Platoon Commander with 3rd Marine Raider Battalion. He recently graduated from the With You With Me (WYWM) Academy with the necessary certifications for a robust career in cybersecurity. After completion of the self-paced ten week program, Marine for Life Network (M4L) representatives, Maj. Hodges and Maj. Wood, assisted Capt. Rincon in being hired for his first civilian position since leaving the Marine Corps.

Maj. Wood, currently working as an Information Assurance Manager for a defense contractor, sent Capt. Rincon the information and tools he would need to facilitate his self-study for the COMPTIA Security+ exam. With Maj. Wood’s assistance, Capt. Rincon passed the exam on the first attempt. After passing his exam, Capt. Rincon was in search for the perfect job after his time in the Marines. Maj. Hodges and Maj. Wood had contacts with corporations that were looking to hire someone like Capt. Rincon. Maj. Hodges and Maj. Wood spent time with Capt. Rincon, reviewing his resume and ensuring that it was in top shape for the available positions hiring in cybersecurity.

Through the guidance of Maj. Hodges and Maj. Wood, Capt. Rincon secured a job with Perspecta, a healthcare technology company that elevates provider data to be intelligent and more efficient as a Cyber Incident Manager under a DoD Contractor supporting the Defense Health Agency.

Capt. Rincon was able to secure a position with a company that provides him real growth and salary potential thanks to the M4L team in San Antonio. Networking is vital to securing the job you want. With the Marine for Life Network, a transitioning Marine or service member easily plugs into a ready-made network and greatly improves their likelihood of finding their perfect job. Veteran Marines such as Capt. Rincon can continue to be a very active part of the local M4L network to give back to fellow Marines.

What can we learn from Captain Rincon’s Success?

  1. Connect to the Marine for Life Network early in your transition. The M4L Network can expand your network with your connections to Marine-friendly employers, career training, and Veteran support resources in your area. The best way to connect with your local M4L Reps is to complete the website form.
  2. Take advantage of Veteran-friendly training and certification programs like With You With Me  and the Institute for Veterans & Military Families.
  3. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Capt. Rincon applied for many positions with different employers before securing his current one. Keep your options open in your job search.

Still searching for more in-depth assistance with networking? Contact your installation’s Transition Readiness staff and join the Marine for Life Network by completing the form.  You can also follow the Marine for Life Network on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.