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10 Rules for Police Resumes

Dr. Richard Weinblatt

1. Follow Directions

As with the application packet, if there are any instructions on what information and how to construct the resume, follow them.  As a police chief, I wouldn’t look at what answer the person put down, but how they did so. I did this because our department, and other law enforcement executives, are under the belief that when you apply for a position you are at your most enthusiastic point in your career.  This is the stage that you should be eager to cross every “t” and dot every “i”.  The presumption is that if you aren’t that interested now, what will you be like in a year when you are off of Field Training Officer (FTO) status and out of probation.

For example, if the application directs that two copies of the resume be enclosed with no staple, but rather a paperclip in the top left corner, than that is how they should be included.  If the resume instructions ask for dates in terms of month and year (MM/YYYY), than do that as well.

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    Fastwork

    over 3 years ago

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    guarddog45

    over 4 years ago

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    Another fantastic article with more useful information. I can't recommend this site any more than I already do...this is the best site, esp. for us future LEO's!

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    NCSO614

    over 4 years ago

    424 Comments

    Very useful and informative information.

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    Koda0317

    over 4 years ago

    354 Comments

    this is a very informative article, and a resource I wish I had when I was applying. Another side note, once I was done with my resume, I had other people review it, and then edit it for me. This seemed to help with getting all the information that was required for the applications. Just be complete and follow the directions.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    thank you for this article. Awesome advice

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    Shoebox

    over 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    I should have found this site like three months back.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    When I applied for the CHP I must have check my application over 6 or 7 times, and I still had information wrong, missing, or didn't see it. Be VERY THOROUGH when filling out applications or resumes.

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    mpgiebitz

    over 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    Great tips. I wish I knew this information earlier.

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    Guadalupeperez

    over 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    Being an excon, All the damage, and all the pain one dope head can cause. I now spend my day finding new ways to give back to my community. And maybe someday, find that I can be trusted and help with what ever God has for me. Just like so many people that helped me when nobody cared...That I was dying. To all my Angels, I Love and respect you, I can change. Thanks to you!!!!! yours superluper

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    doctorcop

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Great article containing useful information.

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    mmcintyre

    over 4 years ago

    124 Comments

    very helpful information.

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