Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Getting Hired

Many times young people ask about working as a police officer. There are many things they can do to give themselves and edge. Have a stable work history. Even working at Starbucks selling coffee is okay if you are a good employee. Have a stable love life. Get and keep relationships, a new girlfriend every week is not a good sign. Have a stable address. Having a stable life is a good idea, it shows you are dependable.

Don't set your sights on one specific agency. You are looking for a job, a career, but not a marriage. If your "favorite" agency is not hiring, apply somewhere else. If an agency says you are approved to be hired but never gives you a start date, then keep applying. Until you start working, you don't have anything. Without a job offer, it does not matter how high you are on the "list" or how much of the process you have passed.

I have known many people who tested over and over again with one agency because they wanted to work for them, but were just not quite what they were looking to hire. If the agency wants you bad enough the will find a spot for you and hire you. If they don't you may test forever, be on their lists and never get a job. Keep trying different places until you find someplace that wants you; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Also, in this day and age it's important to keep all of your life legal and moral, including your online life. Most background checks will include a look at your facebook, myspace, etc. If you're 20 and your profile pic show's you chugging a beer bong on spring break they might just skip ahead to the next applicant.

Bunkermeister said...

Very true. The online stuff can bite you if you are not careful.