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  • Different roads, which one is the right one.

    Hello Everyone, I am new to these forums. I have been reading these forums the last 2 years and have received so much valuable information, so I thank everyone for that.

    I was hoping to gather some advice.*

    I just graduated this past May with a degree in accounting and I am hoping to go into a career in law enforcement. I am towards the end of the hiring process with the us marshals. I have interviewed with a few different agencies for jobs such as intel but to no avail haven't heard anything back...

    I want to make myself the most competitive candidate out there for down the road, how should I go about doing that.

    I have started an associates in computer programming thinking that would help me out. I am still at customs with my internship.

    So what do I do, should wait until the marshal job comes? Wait until an intel job opens up and take that? Or should I take an entry level job in anything somewhere and finish up my computer programming degree?

    My overall goal is to be the best 1811 out there with any agency.

    Thank you very much for your replies, I appreciate your thoughts.
    CBPO
    Exam: Retook exam: 11/2010
    TO: 2/2011
    Medical: 3/22/2011
    PT Test: 3/22/2011
    VBT: 3/2011
    Background: 3/2011
    Drug Test: 4/2011
    Referred to TSU: 5/2011
    PT Test 2: TBD
    FLETC: Good Question lol
    CBP Officer:

    USMS- Region 8
    Info Session 9/2009
    Interview 3/2010
    COE 5/2010
    Medical 5/2010
    Fit/Background 7/2010
    All clear as of 11/2010
    FCIP Over, all applicants scrapped. (GAME OVER) 3/2011 :'(

  • #2
    What type of internship do you have with CBP? If it is SCEP, then you can convert into a CBP Officer then use that as a stepping stone into another agency.

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    • #3
      Unfortunately I am in the STEP. Tried to get into the SCEP but couldn't... so I am at a loss...
      CBPO
      Exam: Retook exam: 11/2010
      TO: 2/2011
      Medical: 3/22/2011
      PT Test: 3/22/2011
      VBT: 3/2011
      Background: 3/2011
      Drug Test: 4/2011
      Referred to TSU: 5/2011
      PT Test 2: TBD
      FLETC: Good Question lol
      CBP Officer:

      USMS- Region 8
      Info Session 9/2009
      Interview 3/2010
      COE 5/2010
      Medical 5/2010
      Fit/Background 7/2010
      All clear as of 11/2010
      FCIP Over, all applicants scrapped. (GAME OVER) 3/2011 :'(

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      • #4
        Take the first professional level job that you are offered and finish your degree.
        They Don’t Think It Be Like It Is, But It Do.

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        • #5
          I'd also suggest to take the professional job that you are offered and finish that degree. Once you finish, you will be much more competetive for the higher level agencies with 1811's

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          • #6
            but there is talk that the seized property specialist is retiring so I could possibly take his job?

            Yeah that is what I am thinking GoldBadge.
            CBPO
            Exam: Retook exam: 11/2010
            TO: 2/2011
            Medical: 3/22/2011
            PT Test: 3/22/2011
            VBT: 3/2011
            Background: 3/2011
            Drug Test: 4/2011
            Referred to TSU: 5/2011
            PT Test 2: TBD
            FLETC: Good Question lol
            CBP Officer:

            USMS- Region 8
            Info Session 9/2009
            Interview 3/2010
            COE 5/2010
            Medical 5/2010
            Fit/Background 7/2010
            All clear as of 11/2010
            FCIP Over, all applicants scrapped. (GAME OVER) 3/2011 :'(

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            • #7
              Thank you so I should take a job in the area in order for me to finish my associates? Because some other jobs would have me relocate. That's what I am interpreting the both of you are saying? So any job with the govnt even if it's not law enforcement related?
              CBPO
              Exam: Retook exam: 11/2010
              TO: 2/2011
              Medical: 3/22/2011
              PT Test: 3/22/2011
              VBT: 3/2011
              Background: 3/2011
              Drug Test: 4/2011
              Referred to TSU: 5/2011
              PT Test 2: TBD
              FLETC: Good Question lol
              CBP Officer:

              USMS- Region 8
              Info Session 9/2009
              Interview 3/2010
              COE 5/2010
              Medical 5/2010
              Fit/Background 7/2010
              All clear as of 11/2010
              FCIP Over, all applicants scrapped. (GAME OVER) 3/2011 :'(

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              • #8
                When you go into an interview for the job that you ultimately want, they will be looking for a candidate that has a particular set of skills, knowledge, or abilities. It will be your goal to articulate how you have those qualities by recalling past experiences.

                Find out the skill sets that the US Marshals desire, then look for an entry level position where you feel you can develop those skills. It doesn't have to be a law enforcement or federal, but if it is one of the two I feel it will give you credibility.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BiggyWannaBGman View Post
                  Thank you so I should take a job in the area in order for me to finish my associates? Because some other jobs would have me relocate. That's what I am interpreting the both of you are saying? So any job with the govnt even if it's not law enforcement related?
                  Whether or not to move is a decision who have to make, but don't think that if you get offered an 1811 job down the line that you won't have to move. For the right move, for the right job, you can finish your degree at another college.

                  Take any professional job, even if it's not law enforcement related. The experience can only help you.
                  They Don’t Think It Be Like It Is, But It Do.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BiggyWannaBGman View Post
                    Unfortunately I am in the STEP. Tried to get into the SCEP but couldn't... so I am at a loss...
                    Agencies rarely hire people straight into SCEP. They usually make you do a period under STEP then if they like you enough they will convert you to a SCEP, it's a very easy process to do. No reason to basically guarantee a person a job if they haven't shown what they can do yet. If you have ?s about STEP/SCEP send me a message.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by o2force View Post
                      Find out the skill sets that the US Marshals desire, then look for an entry level position where you feel you can develop those skills. It doesn't have to be a law enforcement or federal, but if it is one of the two I feel it will give you credibility.
                      Here is the qualifying experience to be a deputy US Marshal (from their website):

                      Qualifying Experience

                      GL-5: GENERAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A four year bachelors’ degree OR a minimum of three years of responsible volunteer or paid experience. Listed below are examples of acceptable experience:

                      Law enforcement

                      Work involving the correctional treatment and supervision of criminal offenders in correctional institutions

                      Classroom teaching or instruction

                      Sales (other than taking and filing orders as in over-the-counter sales)

                      Interviewing experience in a public or private service agency which involved making determinations on individual requests for services, benefits, etc., and explaining, interpreting, and applying rules, regulations, and procedures

                      Work involving contacts with the public for the purpose of gathering information, such as credit rating investigator, claims adjuster, journalist, etc.

                      Volunteer teaching or counseling

                      Other experience that has demonstrated the ability to take charge and make decisions, such as civilian/military supervisory, managerial or leadership responsibility.
                      They Don’t Think It Be Like It Is, But It Do.

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                      • #12
                        I have a friend who was hired directly into SCEP with CBP.
                        Last edited by PL07; 08-13-2010, 11:45 AM.

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