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    Good afternoon. I start the police academy in a couple of weeks and I was told to start applying as soon as the academy starts.

    Does anybody have any examples or pointers on creating the right resume to submit to agencies?

    what should I look out for when building my resume? Any certain things to leave out or make sure to add?

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    Open up Microsoft word. Go to the center of a new blank document. Write: "Michigan gives the green light".

    Congrats, you're a cop.

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    • #3
      Have all of your information in a useable format. There are many threads regarding resumes and some are recent. Most agencies use a very lengthy application form and don't ask for a resume. If you have your info in a chronological order, you can better transpose it to the forms that the agency uses.

      If Michigan gave you the green light, your job search will be short and sweet, his approval is like a speed-pass at Disney.

      “This life’s hard, but it’s harder if you’re stupid.”

      George V. Higgins--The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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      • #4
        So Michigan you're saying you don't need a resume ? Lol

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        • #5
          Most agencies hire you based on your demonstrated ability to perform the duties of the position your are seeking. This is determined via civil service testing, where you are scored on the number of correct answers you give to job related questions on a written exam and answers you give on an oral exam.

          Resumes are nothing but carefully worded fluff. They claim you have certain skills and education, but fail to provide any mechanism for determining whether you can actually do the job or competitively ranking you against other applicants.

          If a resume is attached to an application with my agency, we immediately remove it and toss it in the trash. Similarly, if an applicant attempts to present a resume at an oral interview it is refused and the applicant is scored solely on their answers to the oral board questions.
          Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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          • #6
            Resume = round file

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bsurb View Post
              Good afternoon. I start the police academy in a couple of weeks and I was told to start applying as soon as the academy starts.

              Does anybody have any examples or pointers on creating the right resume to submit to agencies?

              what should I look out for when building my resume? Any certain things to leave out or make sure to add?
              There are agencies that require resume's ........................For those that do:

              Keep it short and sweet. Anything more that a ONE PAGE summary of your education and job experience is really unnecessary.

              No smaller than 14 pt computer print in a font similar to what I am using here in BLACK ink

              I don't care what your goals are...............everyone knows you are a police applicant. That is your goal---TO GET HIRED

              Write yours so an 8th grader can understand it.


              L-1 has a illustration of exactly what most agencies think of the wording of many resume's.
              Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

              My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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              • #8
                Originally posted by L-1 View Post
                Most agencies hire you based on your demonstrated ability to perform the duties of the position your are seeking. This is determined via civil service testing, where you are scored on the number of correct answers you give to job related questions on a written exam and answers you give on an oral exam.

                Resumes are nothing but carefully worded fluff. They claim you have certain skills and education, but fail to provide any mechanism for determining whether you can actually do the job or competitively ranking you against other applicants.

                If a resume is attached to an application with my agency, we immediately remove it and toss it in the trash. Similarly, if an applicant attempts to present a resume at an oral interview it is refused and the applicant is scored solely on their answers to the oral board questions.



                Mr. OP. Here is your assignment for the day. Read and absorb what my colleagues have offered you. When you're finished with that, read and memorize what L-1 has offered you. You may not believe me, but what you've obtained here is some extremely valuable advice and counsel. It didn't cost you a dime, proving once more that often, "the best things in life are free".

                Best of luck at your academy, and as you navigate the hiring process.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bsurb View Post
                  So Michigan you're saying you don't need a resume ? Lol
                  God damn it grasshopper. I did not say that.

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                  • #10
                    Yeah Iv also head that the Oral bored is the most important part.

                    Do you guys have any resources that can help you prepare for the oral board?

                    It's exciting but nervous at the same time when there's 5-7 people sitting in front of you asking scenario questions right off the bat.

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                    • #11
                      Not aware of any entry level police officer position which requires a resume.

                      When I was a small town chief, I may have glanced at it, but what really mattered was the application form and personal history questionnaire which I supplied the candidate. Resumes and copies of certificates which I didn't ask for, meant nothing to me. They just got in the way. A copy of your fifth-grade perfect attendance award? Thanks! Just give me what I asked for, please, and nothing more. Part of this job is following directions.

                      However, there's nothing wrong with creating and storing a nice generic resume, right now, this minute, on your PC. A "rolling" resume, if you will, containing all your previous jobs and employers, certs, awards and licenses, as well as your current references and their contact info. Update it, every year, for the rest of your life should you need it.

                      Now to oral interviews -

                      Having taken several dozen orals, and sat on a few, no matter how many members of the oral board there are, you're only going to be asked one-question-at-a-time.

                      The most important thing I want to know is if you can answer a question, directly and satisfy me. If I ask for the current time, I do not need the complete history of timekeeping....sundials to water clocks to atomic clocks.

                      And, BTW, you questions have been likely answered before. Use the search function.
                      "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

                      Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

                      Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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                      • #12
                        When it comes to filling out a personal history form for a department do not write see attached resume.
                        Train for tomorrow, for you never know what it will bring to the fight.
                        In the school of Policing, there is no graduation day.

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                        • #13
                          This is how resume content is viewed with respect to truth and accuracy -

                          Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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                          • #14
                            Always a classic...
                            Now go home and get your shine box!

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                            • #15
                              the only reason I became a LEO is because they don't require a Resume. I ain't got time for dat.

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