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    Eight Ways to Impress the Recruiter

    Eight Ways to Impress the Recruiter
    As a former member of my department’s recruitment team, I’ve seen it all. The best and the worst of potential candidates approach us at career fairs, drop in at the department for a tour or stop by for an application. There are always certain candidates that make us look at our fellow recruiters and say “wow!” There are others that make ...
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    You're Hired! Now, Start Planning for Retirement

    You're Hired! Now, Start Planning for Retirement
    Congratulations! You just got that law enforcement job you’ve been going after for months, maybe even years. Whether you’re just starting the academy or it’s your first day of field training, you’ve got so much to learn, so much to think about, so much to do! But I’m going to give you one more thing that you must start planning for ...
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    The Survival Mindset…For Your Career

    The Survival Mindset…For Your Career
    In any officer survival training class worth attending there will be lots of talk about your “mindset” and being mentally prepared for any encounter or confrontation you may face on the street. Every cop is aware that that police work can be a dangerous job, but a true survival mindset involves not merely being _aware_ that something bad can happen, but ...
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    Ten Common Ways to NOT Get Hired

    Ten Common Ways to NOT Get Hired
    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 ...
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    Want a Promotion? Watch the Textbooks

    It goes without saying that for officer survival, one of the leading mantras is “watch the suspect’s hands.” “Watch the hands” of course is excellent advice, aimed at ensuring that you’re not surprised by a sudden move. One of my training officers told me, over three decades ago, similar great advice, “plan for NO SURPRISES.” What about “career survival” though – ...
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    The Police Oral Board Secret Weapon

    It is a good idea to practice your oral board answers, but what tools can you use to do that - and what tools give you an edge? A video camera is a great tool. You need to see how you look to other people. What better way is there to get a good look at yourself? How about standing in ...
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    Answering Common Oral Hiring Board Questions

    Answering Common Oral Hiring Board Questions
    My last Law Enforcement Career Expert column for PoliceLink.com covered ten tips for mastering the police oral board. This column covers how to answer the questions themselves. While I can’t give you the exact wording that will work for you, understanding why certain questions are asked, and how to formulate the answer that fits you, is the key to getting hired ...
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    10 Tips for Mastering the Police Oral Board

    Oral boards are the key to getting hired. As a police academy manager and former police chief, I have seen countless applicants bomb their oral hiring board when they were otherwise good candidates. Like many other things in life, proper preparation can make the difference. This article will suggest ten tips to increase your chances for success. *1) Do your research.* ...
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    The Police Entrance Exam - Vehicle Pursuits

    The Police Entrance Exam - Vehicle Pursuits
    The information presented here is meant to be used as a rule of thumb guideline for vehicle pursuit questions on police entrance exams. Both the police written test and the oral board interview may include judgment questions regarding vehicle pursuits. Police agencies do not want to hire someone who disregards the safety of the public in order to stop a vehicle ...
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    Police Desperately Needed in 10 U.S. Locations

    Police Desperately Needed in 10 U.S. Locations
    Even though the economy may be struggling to stay out of a recession, police shortages are still common in many locations throughout the U.S. PoliceLink recently researched the most recent police shortages to make the news. If you're looking for a law enforcement job, try one of these markets to find a home for your police career. h3. 1. Moss Point, ...
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    Joining the Force: Everything You Need to Know

    Joining the Force: Everything You Need to Know
    A career as a police officer is like no other. Ask any cop and they’ll tell you that it’s a way of life and they wouldn’t want to do anything else. But do you really know what it takes to set yourself apart from the other candidates in the exceedingly fierce competition for your coveted law enforcement positions? PoliceLink has pulled ...
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    10 Steps to Joining the Force - A Guide For Military Service Members - Download the Ebook

    Due to popular demand, PoliceLink's "Ten Steps to Joining the Force - A Guide For Military Service Members":http://policelink.monster.com/benefits/11336-10-steps-to-joining-the-force---a-guide-for-military-service-members is now available as a downloadable ebook. The ebook can be downloaded and printed to read at your convenience. Written in conjunction with PoliceLink and "Military.com":http:/www.military.com, The Ten Steps to Joining the Force - A Guide For Military Service Members is full of ...
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    Police Oral Board Interview - From Stress To Success

    The image you present in your Police Oral Board Interview is one of the most important elements to consider in any preparations you undertake. The most positive image to present is one that displays character traits that are universally perceived as positive. Bringing a powerful combination of accepted positive images to your interview is a sure way to make a winning ...
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    Step 10: Common Hurdles Faced by Veterans

    Step 10: Common Hurdles Faced by Veterans
    If you’re like most military service members, you’ve spent your entire working career in the military. You know how it works and you know how to work with it. Getting out and entering the civilian world can be daunting to think about. You’ll hit your fair share of hurdles along the way. As long as you expect them, they should be ...
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    Step 9: Fitness

    Step 9: Fitness
    Introduction This special fitness was written exclusively for PoliceLink by former Navy SEAL and law enforcement fitness expert Stew Smith, CSCS. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Stew has written several best selling fitness and self defense books, including The Complete Guide to Navy SEAL Fitness, Maximum Fitness, and SWAT Workout. Certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength ...
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    Step 8: Background Check

    Step 8: Background Check
    The background check may be the most invasive experience you’ve ever had in your life. Everything about you will be checked out. Your character, your finances, your driving and criminal records, to name just a few. The information here will help you prepare for the background investigation: p((. • Be honest and upfront p((. • Tell your friends and family p((. ...
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    Step 7: Exams

    Step 7: Exams
    There are many companies out there that offer study guides for law enforcement entrance exams. If the recruiter you spoke to recommended one over another – buy it and study it from cover to cover. The exam is often times your key into the rest of the application process. Do good, because if you’re applying with multiple agencies, you can expect ...
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    Step 6: Applying for the Job

    Step 6: Applying for the Job
    Applying for a job can often be nerve-racking. There are many unknowns that have be dealt with and overcome. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is standing out against the “competition.” In this section we’ll go over a few ways to highlight your military service to help you stand apart. But first, here’s a word of warning. Don’t expect your ...
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    Step 5: Meeting a Recruiter

    Step 5: Meeting a Recruiter
    Wear a suit Always wear a suit or coat and tie. Wearing business attire shows that you hold yourself to the highest standards, and that is what a recruiter is looking for in a candidate. Many prospective recruits make the mistake of showing up in their every day street clothes. This does not go unnoticed and there is a high probability ...
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    Step 4: Picking a Department

    Step 4: Picking a Department
    There are many things to take into consideration when picking a department. Things like the type of law enforcement agency, proximity to where you want to live, or starting pay all are important factors. One of the biggest mistakes made by candidates is having their heart set on one specific department and refusing to apply anywhere else. As anyone with experience ...
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