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Ten Common Ways to NOT Get Hired

Ten Common Ways to NOT Get Hired

Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith

4. Don’t worry about your personal finances. After all, soon you’ll have a secure job and lenders will be practically throwing money at you. Why would $25,000 in credit card debt, a defaulted car loan, or one little bankruptcy be a concern for any law enforcement agency looking to hire you? Don’t they know that’s why you’re trying to get a good job, so you can take care of all those pesky bills? Besides, no one actually pays back their student loans, do they?

3. You’re going to have to live life on the straight and narrow after you become a cop so make sure you live it up now! Whatever ethical or lifestyle choices you make before you get hired will certainly have no bearing on anyone’s perception of your decision-making abilities as a law enforcement professional later on. And why should you be held to a higher standard than your friends? That’s certainly not fair. After all, you’re not getting paid to behave like a Boy Scout just yet, so why should you?

2. Don’t spend your time prior to getting a police job working, going to school, serving in the military or doing volunteer work. Certainly no one will care about your prior work or service history, its what you’re going to do in the future that counts. Why would it matter if you just flunked out of the local junior college, held seven different fast food jobs in the past year, or spent the last six months on your parents’ living room couch playing XBOX? Life is all about looking forward.

1. Let your potential employers know right off the bat that you’re not big on working weekends, holidays, nights or on your birthday. In fact, make sure that your interviewers know that you’re really not interested in “paying your dues” in some dead end assignment like patrol or corrections. You have natural talent, you’ve watched a lot of “CSI” and “Law and Order” and you’re ready for the big time. In fact, as soon as you get in a little better shape, you’ll be ready for the SWAT team.

So go for it, future crimefighters! Party like a rock star or just hang out and wait for that great police job to come to you, after all, you deserve it!


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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    Wow - a funny article. Might need to send a copy to my sis :)

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    cmwillis

    almost 6 years ago

    2560 Comments

    eewwgghweee, I love it! Sounds like something you should do all the way around....lol

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    Pcampbell1025

    almost 6 years ago

    76 Comments

    wow you do the oppsite right? jk but it did help me see the other side to all the crazyness to the police test and interviews.

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    wvanloon

    almost 6 years ago

    10 Comments

    Fantastic article. Spot on.

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    steve65

    almost 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    Your 1st impression is a lasting impression!!!

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    thebutlers

    almost 6 years ago

    42 Comments

    Hey I'm the best WII boxer! lol.....Nice article.

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    3_InTheHead

    almost 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    sonofan the army will take you

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    sonofman

    almost 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    if i have a criminal record can i still be a cop

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    Yuki1986

    almost 6 years ago

    16 Comments

    i agree with pmanley on this makes me feel better.

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    JT1958

    almost 6 years ago

    68 Comments

    awesome!

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    Anonymous

    almost 6 years ago

    Reading this article makes me feel better.

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    AuntieAbby03

    almost 6 years ago

    506 Comments

    great Article.!

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    Joyful

    almost 6 years ago

    522 Comments

    I will say it again -- Excellent article!!! I have been preparing for the ultimate job in police work for over 4xxxx years. My FIRST desire is Street Patrol!! True I'm not really interested in corrections but I will work wherever my Major assigns me. Then I'll always ask to go back to patrol for that is where my heart is. Also this is where I will be able to find my kids -- the skipped over ones. The ones that no-one even usually thinks about -- except LEOs when it is already too late.
    Everyone that is thinking about applying should read this article. It is an excellent one. Thanks for posting it Sarge. It really applies to many different careers.

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    kathykirk

    almost 6 years ago

    120 Comments

    Hey...wait a minute - I'm a type A personality. Should I call the major and tell him my personality will be a detriment to my future employment, therefore, I will not be attending the academy?.....Hmmmm

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    motocross

    almost 6 years ago

    1372 Comments

    Great article

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