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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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    AuntieAbby03

    about 5 years ago

    506 Comments

    great Article.!

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    Joyful

    about 5 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

    about 5 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

    about 5 years ago

    1372 Comments

    Great article

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    Anonymous

    about 5 years ago

    I couldn't have said it better myself, RB32. Being a Policer Officer is NOT just a job, it is very much a lifestyle that you choose to live outside of the norm of everyone else. I started to prepare for this way of life when I was in Girl Scouts! But then again, it probably was because my father and uncles and cousins all served in the military after high school and then went on to become LEO's. To become a LEO it requires years of thought and years of working your way to your ultimate goal. My cousins and I all got our Criminal Justice degrees after serving, or while serving in the military before we even APPLIED to our local department. I'm just saying this was an excellent article and I hope more young people get a chance to read it so they will have some idea of what is expected from them on the job and from their lives.

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    cheetah_speed1

    over 5 years ago

    464 Comments

    Great Article! Sarcasm can be a good tool.. i like XBOX athlete<<lol

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    futurecop32

    over 5 years ago

    50 Comments

    good point jardine51

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    scorpiochrisr

    over 5 years ago

    10 Comments

    I want to thank whoever posted this. It is very true that many of us younger folks do not actually know what we are applying for. And who says patroll is boring? That is what I want to do when I am finally accepted into the academy and have passed everything with a 98% or better.

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    rhood

    over 5 years ago

    23592 Comments

    This was a good article that should be handed out with every application. So many young people are clueless these days.

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    RB32

    over 5 years ago

    44 Comments

    It's a reality folks. We just went through a hiring list of several hunderd applicants and unfortuneately narrowed it down to 10 in a matter of weeksfor 15 positions. People screen themselves out with the decisions they make in life.

    The points laid out in this article are reflective of various character flaws that indicate a potential for future problems. Applicants should concentrate their efforts on the opposite behavior. Law Enforcement as a culture should not, nor should it be expected to lower the standards to appise the ignorant. This is a very serious career field that is a life style, not just a job. Consider that...

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    RB32

    over 5 years ago

    44 Comments

    Absolutey great article!

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    FireDad

    over 5 years ago

    7352 Comments

    These guys are now gone..

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    FireDad

    over 5 years ago

    7352 Comments

    andee82 and amituanai.. I think you guys are about done.. If you are not then send me a message...

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    lynettesman

    over 5 years ago

    1446 Comments

    hey I bust my balls have a clean background and good experience and I still have to fight to get in.

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    DRKNTE

    over 5 years ago

    30 Comments

    First if you haven't, STOP Drinking and Driving! Put some time between your mistakes (if they were) and the time you apply with someone and don't repeat the bahavior. Depending on the rest of your background and the time between your last arrest you may still be able to be selected as a good choice for employment. You do however need to learn from your mistakes sooner than the third time. <---- That was advice not a dig.

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