I'm glad you're now fine and moving forward. I'm also glad to hear the advises of other members of the forum, that provided motivations and upliftment, not only to you but also to people who almost have the same predicament as you. I know finding a job nowadays is a tough one, especially for those who haven't have a job for quite some time.
My story is different, however. I'm having problem transitioning. I am a Philippine Marine vet who came to the US to be with my family. My wife is a Physical Therapist who got a job sponsorhip here in the US. I was in the service for than more 20 years, but had been involve with IT-related jobs for only at least 4 years. I retired last mid-2015, and immediatley took the CISSP and passed. I tried looking for a job, but was having a tough luck for various reasons including tough competition and, most importantly my Green Card (resident card) processing. It is but just unfortunate that I was only given an Employment Authorization or an EAD (which expires every year), and most of the recruiters I have talked to demand either a US-citizenship or a resident card. Last year, the USCIS did not renew my EAD due to legal technicality. My resident card is currently being processed by my wife's employer, including the renewal of my EAD.
Right now, I am contemplating of taking other certifications which will enhance my chances of taking any entry-level jobs. I am contemplating of taking up CCNA. I know, others might say it is not right certification to take? However, with my current situation, I am willing to go back to square zero, just to get my foot forward. Then, I wanna supplement that certfication with a CEH or OSCP certification.
Any advise or help from anyone? Anybody can recommend any volunteer jobs or internship? I just want my resume to be rolling forward. Any advise or help will be greatly appreciated.
You can't go wrong learning about networking. Same with CEH. If you have free time on your hands, practice with the free tools available online and build you a lab at home. The worst thing you could do is just sit around and wait. Learn all you can in your free time.
I got my EAD renewed just recently. I tried applying a couple of jobs, and one Company is I think interested. I am waiting for their next response, though.
Nonetheless, I thank you for your interest in replying.
I have been in the EXACT position as you. I am a disabled veteran, and my health issues had cost me dearly as it had affected my career and caused me to have to explain gaps in my employment. I did not command the same regard as before. However, information security is a very technical and in-demand career area. Lucky for you, as a CISSP, you can ALWAYS find gainful employment. However, as you are starting back up, don't ruin opportunities for yourself by having exorbitant salary demands, or to be put in roles that an employer may not want to risk putting you in at least initially. Don't shrug the 'analyst' role or title. Often, those roles are meant to prime you up for a more senior role.
Well that's how I got myself back on track. And at 52 years old, I am in with the best of them. You certainly have to be above the fray and prove yourself a lot more, again, at least initially. But as an information security talent, you'd want to do this at all times anyway.
Good luck to you!