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    At what point in the hiring process do they normally contact your current employer? And what kind of questions do they ask your current employer?

    The reason I ask is I have a very good, very high paying job in which I would take an 80% pay cut to be a police officer. But as you all know, money isn't everything when you're persuing your dreams. However, my current employer would be very upset to say the least if he knew I was job hunting. The answer "just be honest and upfront with your current employer" does not fly in the business world. Plus I have a wife, kids, etc...

    I would not want to jeopardize my current job unless I was very far along in the process.

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    I know how you fell, I am in the same boat, but if your boss is as understanding as my is, they will understand that following your dreams is important and as long as your going to better yourself, they should understand.

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    • #3
      I felt the same way. I expressed my concern with my BI and he was willing to make checking with my current employer the very last step of the process. When this point came, he said I will pretty much know I have the job. Not sure if your BI would be willing to do this, but can't hurt to ask.

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      • #4
        Thanks that sounds good. Hopefully I'll get to that point where I'll have the chance to ask.

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        • #5
          When I was in the app process, the BI said that he would not contact my (at the time) current employer until I gave him the ok. After I left my old job, he then verified with me if it would be ok for him to contact them. I imagine that most BIs would follow this procedure, but its better to be safe than sorry so ask your BI and I'm sure he/she will understand. Good luck!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 469881Q
            At what point in the hiring process do they normally contact your current employer? And what kind of questions do they ask your current employer?

            The reason I ask is I have a very good, very high paying job in which I would take an 80% pay cut to be a police officer. But as you all know, money isn't everything when you're persuing your dreams. However, my current employer would be very upset to say the least if he knew I was job hunting. The answer "just be honest and upfront with your current employer" does not fly in the business world. Plus I have a wife, kids, etc...

            I would not want to jeopardize my current job unless I was very far along in the process.
            I too find myself in this situtation minus the wife, kids and the high paying job part. I'm a relatively recent college grad making enough to live comfortable and can't afford to lose my job. So from reading I gathered that if I ask my BI about contacting my current employer we can possibly work something out. Thanks for the advice and tomorrow I'm going to have to call and find out about my situtation.

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            • #7
              I was just wondering? Have you given much thought to how much money you are going to be losing. I know money is not everything...but after doing this job a while it eventually comes back. I mean you have to think of retirement and the lifestyle your famliy has come a custom to. I think you should think of becoming a reserve officer first. True it is your dream, but is your dream worth losing 80% of your income!!

              I know this response is off the main subject of your thread, but being a reserve means having all the fun of a full time officer without the paperwork and low pay. Most of us officer's make between $30k to $50k a year, at least in California.

              If your still serious then tell your BI what you think your empolyer will say that way there is no surprises.....and Good Luck....
              "Inside the ring or out. It doesn't really matter wether your get knock down or not. What you do after does."

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              • #8
                Down here, contacting your current employer is normally the last step.
                In law enforcement, the customer is ALWAYS wrong.

                In God we trust. Everyone else is run through NCIC.

                Sometimes there is justice. Sometimes there is just us.

                I'd rather be tried by 12 then carried by 6.


                The opinions given in my posts do not necessarily reflect the opinions, views, policies, and/or procedures of my employing agency. They are my personal opinions only.

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