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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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    other

    5 months ago

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    The hilarious thing is that police candidates need to be squeaky clean until they pass their probation. After that it's almost impossible to be fired.

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    cheyenneduffy16

    about 1 year ago

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    OK, so currently I am split from my partner and I am in full custody of our one year old daughter, I am returning back to college to do a one year course on social science and humanitarians studies. As i am so enthusiastic about becoming a LAPD Officer, i am from Ireland and 20years old. After my one year in college I can apply to university, any university at that. I am very interested in moving to Los angeles after my one year in college to join a university there. I was just looking advice from any one who has been or going threw the little difficulties that I am as a full time mother that is now working in Law, to tell me is it worth it to move country's and leave my child in the care of my parents to go fulfill my dreams of becoming a police officer over-seas or is it too much ? Thanks.

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    Tysyty

    over 1 year ago

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    I know that this is going to be extremely difficult, however I'm up for the challenge. Trying to schedule ride-a-longs and communicate with the men and women on the force. I have a lot to work on physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially. I can definitly see how all 10 things could be a problem. Police officers are to lead by example and if they in their personal life fall short of their responibilites the public may not believe in them. I have had issues with my finances and am just now getting my self together. I hope that the people out to hire potential officers would look into ones current situation and compare with the issues that occured in the past. Look to see if this person is taking proper steps to fix their current and previous problems. We all make mistakes. Hoping that I would be given the proper consideration based on my character, previous problems, and the steps which I am currently making to better myself.

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    Saoch

    over 1 year ago

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    yay i have a chance!

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    clobster

    about 3 years ago

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    If anyone actually needs this advice, they probably shouldn't be applying for awhile. This is the kind of stuff you tell the 18-20 year old crowd thinking of a police career and they'll need a couple years to grow up first.

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