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Ten Common Ways to NOT Get Hired

Ten Common Ways to NOT Get Hired

Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith

You don’t really want to be a cop, do you? Fighting crime, saving lives, big guns, fast cars, a cool uniform, hot calls; that stuff’s not for you. The hours are long, the gratitude is short-lived, and there may occasionally be people trying to kill you when you’re just trying to make a living and do a little good. Take some advice from the front lines of police hiring and training, here’s ten way to make sure you do not get hired by any law enforcement agency.

10. That 20-page application they want you to fill out? Just consider that pesky document merely a guideline; they can’t possibly expect you to waste your time filling out every single box, blank, and question. Why would anyone really want a certified copy of your high school transcripts, an official duplicate of your birth certificate, and an accurate list of everywhere you’ve ever worked or lived.? Do they really need to know how to contact your grandparents, your old roommate and your college resident assistant? Just fill out what you can, you’ll have plenty of time to show them how organized and thorough you are once they bring you on board as one of their officers.

9. Don’t worry about your level of fitness. Police testing can take a long time; you may sit on an eligibility list for months, even years, before you begin the academy. So why worry about what kind of shape you’re in? Wait until you get confirmation that you’re about to start recruit training to get serious about working out, especially if you have youth on your side. You played high school football, you’re on a summer softball league, and you’re awesome at Wii boxing so you’ll get in shape in no time, right?

8. Always remember that you are owed a good police job. Don’t think that you have to work hard, prove yourself, or compete with anyone else; you are entitled to this opportunity. After all, how many people are willing to make the sacrifices you’ll have to make as a crimefighter: working shifts, facing down armed criminals, cutting your hair really short? They should feel fortunate that you’ve chosen to apply at their agency, and it’s that agency’s responsibility to make sure your career dreams are realized.

7. Make sure your social networking sites show what a fun-loving party animal you really are. The person doing your background check will certainly get a chuckle out of that picture of you passed out in front of your fraternity’s record-breaking beer can pyramid. And those racy boudoir portraits you had taken for your ex-boyfriend, the ones of you wearing nothing but a toy shoulder holster and a smile? I’m sure the chief of police will understand that it’s not your fault that your ex posted them on his My Space page after you guys broke up, complete with all of your contact information. Besides, the cops can’t actually access that stuff, can they? Can they!?

6. Why worry about your personal appearance? “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” isn’t that what your grandma always said? You’re applying to be a cop, not a Marine or a Wall Street broker. When you show up for the physical agility test, everyone is sure to love your Female Body Inspector t-shirt you bought in Cancun, or be impressed with those Victoria’s Secret PINK short shorts you just got at the mall. Besides, that scruffy Brad Pitt look or the high school Goth girl fashion statement may be just what they’re looking for in the Narcotics Unit of the agency you’re applying for.

5. Don’t bother to read anything more difficult or thought provoking than the latest issue of People magazine or your buddy’s fantasy football blog. Even though studies show that the number one predictor of success in the police academy is your level of reading comprehension, you did more than enough reading in school, and it was painfully boring then. Reading actual books interferes with your emailing, texting, Skyping, and keeping up with all that great reality TV. You’ll have no problem catching up once you’re in the academy.

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    sweetyd58

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    what are the final 3?

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    So much for the final 3 reasons.........won't link.

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    watership1975

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    The 4th reason why you will not get hired as a Officer, I really don't agree with that one,
    when you are in a bad paying job or have been laid off, and in this economy things get rough and sometimes you get into debt, not because you want to, and I think that most people try to get a better job so they can get back on track to better credit and better skills. being a cop is not all about the money, but it does help to have a job with benefits and better pay. I agree with all of the other points, but the financial one is something that to me is like someone saying just because you work as a security gaurd and it doesn't pay well and you are going to school trying to help yourself to get a better job and a better education to do so, that you are more likely to take bribes or steal from the lockup. That is to me truly judging before really knowing who you are interviewing. and remember it is an interview not an interrogation!! whatever happened to Innocent until proven guilty. further more, bad credit does not equal : Criminal!! these are very hard times, I think there should be some better understanding as to why some have bad credit
    sure if they racked up their credit cards buying toys and Xboxes and play things, sure I can see where that would be seen as someone who is not very responsible, but on the other hand someone who has bad credit and is struggling to put food on the table, should not be looked at as a suspected irresponsible person or one who is more likely to take bribes.

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    Blueblood1974

    about 4 years ago

    5192 Comments

    Great article Sgt Betsy!

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    ssarazin

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Good article! A lot of us think and feel like the information in the article is common sense but a lot of departments are seeing new candidates coming into interviews doing these 10 things! The funny thing is that the population this article is intended to impact are the ones who will read it and say "I don't do that."

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    ciprimm23

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    I actually got it to work, Junkman, scroll to the bottom of the list. Right above the comment box you should see "<>" Click three and it will take you to the top three on the list.

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    ciprimm23

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    The link to page 3 didn't work for me either.

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    Junkman

    about 4 years ago

    102 Comments

    Somebody needs to fix the link to page 3.

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    JKL86

    almost 5 years ago

    94 Comments

    That was very funny! Great article!

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    DaddysGurl_2011

    almost 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    Lol! That was a great article too read and very informative on what not too do! Ha Ha Ha

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    Huan86

    about 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    Hahaha this was a fun read, but you can definitely get the take home message.

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    TheCad

    about 5 years ago

    16 Comments

    I kept wondering where i was messing up! now i can finally get those pesky personnel people to stop calling me back so i can get back to my xbox and partying

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    Anonymous

    about 5 years ago

    Ha ha!

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    uncledennis1

    about 5 years ago

    23122 Comments

    Extremely loud and clear. Excellent points.

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    MAYES969

    about 5 years ago

    3608 Comments

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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