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    So, I recently had my oral interview with a local PD (having passed the physical and written exams). I'm waiting to hear back on whether I'v passed or not, but my question has to do with whether or not (in the opinion of the officers here) my experience, et al makes me a good candidate. So here it goes (also, could you tell me what in your opinions really don't, or do, matter to some BI's?):

    I'm 25 years old, married, no children.
    Credit score of 692.
    Graduated from a university with a BA in History, and a minor in Political Science in 2012 (2.77 GPA... ).
    I have never used drugs, aside from prescribed ones, I didn't have a drop of alcohol until I was 21 and I've never drank more often than maybe once every 3 months during college (and far less now). I have not been in any fights, I received one speeding ticket 5 years ago, and I believe it was changed to a non moving violation because I went to a traffic law center. I've been stopped on one other occasion for speeding but was let off with a warning. I was also stopped 4 years ago for failure to signal, let go with a warning. I also received 2 parking citations for expired meters (one of which was my wife's fault, I was at home! But there is no name attached to it I guess, just the car. Although I do own that car.)

    Work history:

    Worked one summer in high school doing ground work at my church.

    Spent 3 years working in a grocery store while in high school.

    Worked as a counselor at a youth camp for a summer meant for disadvantaged youth in the region.

    Worked as a salesman at a cell phone retail store for one year in college (left on basically bad terms, although I believe I was a good employee. I had to leave for one weekend, and asked prior to this for time off. I was told "maybe, I'll work on it." Was told later I had it off, then the week I had to leave, the owner recanted and told me I had to work. I got my shift covered, and drove the four hours home to get my vehicle inspected. The owner called Saturday morning, asking me where I was, I told him I had got someone to cover my shift, and he told me "Well, if you're not going to work then you quit." So I hung up the phone and "quit." Before this I also took home a used SD card and never returned [ie: I stole it. No minimizing it, it was wrong.])

    Worked as a buser at Olive Garden for a year in college. (This was a terrible job. I got to the point where I absolutely could not stand the thought of going into work anymore after a year, and I put in my two weeks. A week after putting in my two weeks, I walked out on it primarily because of my last weeks schedule. To me (and I obviously have no evidence to support this) the scheduling manager seemed to be taking advantage of my last week and just slammed me with multiple open-close shifts, which are basically 12+ hour shifts.)

    Worked as a "Behavioral Support Technician" for nine months (It was one-on-one residential treatment for people who have mental, psychological, and developmental disabilities. I worked here the last 9 months of my time at University, because shortly after I graduated I accepted a job as.......)

    A Youth Specialist. (I worked with 12-16 juvenile delinquents in a secure group home. They generally were there for 6-9 months at a time. I was there for 4 months and accepted a job as....)

    A Probation and Parole Officer. (I was here for 13 months until my wife and I moved to where we are now so she could pursue her Masters.)

    Currently I've been unemployed for 6 months now, because I simply cannot find a job. I've had plenty of interviews, but unfortunately the state we moved to has a somewhat higher unemployment rate than the average, and it's a smaller city (pop. ~160,000).

    Thoughts? That's all I could think of that is relevant, but if you have questions, please ask. I kind of hope you have some.

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    I think it should also be worth mentioning that I have $19,800 in student loan debt. Is this going to be an issue in any respect?

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    • #3
      You don't have any huge red-flags; as long as you are current on the student loan debt (deferment, etc.) and can readily explain the period of unemployment. The other jobs all look like short-term stuff and walking off the one job may be an issue. The background looks clean and as long as you can explain the other things, it shouldn't be a really big issue. As you move through the process, it may come down to a couple of things. What are the other candidates bringing to the table, how well do you interview, are you a match for the agency?

      Last edited by slamdunc; 01-17-2015, 06:14 AM.
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      • #4
        How would you suggest I explain this current phase of unemployment? 6 months is a long time, and it's been incredibly frustrating to say the least. I've been working my butt off to get ANYTHING in this city, everything from part time grocery work to professional level law enforcement and social services. I've had plenty of interviews but nothing in the works. I just had an interview for security work at a hospital on Friday and I should hear back Tuesday or Wednesday. I'm not unemployed for a lack of trying.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Stuh217 View Post
          How would you suggest I explain this current phase of unemployment?
          Honestly
          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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          • #6
            You have a lot of short term employment, but it is easily explained away. It sounds like you've got a lot of time on your hands, so do some volunteering.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
              Honestly
              Ha, I figured someone would eventually say that. I would of course be honest about it, it's just tough to basically say I couldn't get a dang thing despite being fully qualified (and maybe a bit overqualified) for everything I've applied to.


              Thanks everyone for your help so far.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Stuh217 View Post
                Ha, I figured someone would eventually say that. I would of course be honest about it, it's just tough to basically say I couldn't get a dang thing despite being fully qualified (and maybe a bit overqualified) for everything I've applied to.


                Thanks everyone for your help so far.
                That's exactly what I meant..............tell them the truth.............no matter how hard it is
                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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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Stuh217 View Post
                  How would you suggest I explain this current phase of unemployment?
                  I would say something like---

                  Originally posted by Stuh217 View Post
                  I've been working my butt off to get ANYTHING in this city, everything from part time grocery work to professional level law enforcement and social services. I've had plenty of interviews but nothing in the works. I just had an interview for security work at a hospital on Friday and I should hear back Tuesday or Wednesday. I'm not unemployed for a lack of trying.
                  I would also be taking classes and working at a temp agency during this time, but that is just me.

                  “Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie.”

                  Miyamoto Musashi

                  “Life Is Hard, But It's Harder When You're Stupid”

                  George V. Higgins (from The Friends of Eddie Coyle)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by slamdunc View Post
                    I would say something like---


                    I would also be taking classes and working at a temp agency during this time, but that is just me.

                    Well, good to know I've answered my own question! Thanks. I've been trying to start volunteering at a few places, which I see in hindsight I should have been doing 5 months ago.

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                    • #11
                      To be quite honest...your situation is very average among applicants. Your education may stand out against others, but not by a huge margin. Remember that at your stage in the process, you go up against others who have the same if not better backgrounds. Ask yourself why they should hire you over them? Ponder that seriously...

                      Your last two weeks at the restaurant... the manager slamming you is quite irrelevant. You walked out plain and simple...dont sugar coat that. Own up to it.

                      Same with unemployment, typically no one gives a shyte about population or economy.. you say you looked but were unable to secure employment. Some may ask why. But again dont sugarcoat it or minimize it. You were unemployed for six months.

                      be honest about the sd card. Not being hard on you just trying to tell you in a way i think you should hear it,From a different side.
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