If you are passionate about criminal justice and want to have a rewarding career, make sure you earn your degree and get involved with the right people.
Here are 10 Tips for Securing a Criminal Justice Job:
1. EARN YOUR DEGREE. Earning your criminal justice career is the start to securing a job that could turn into a lifelong career. There is always a need for criminal justice professionals, and by earning your criminal justice degree you will be ready for many different types of job positions within the field.
2. PICK THE FIELD that’s right for you. Look into criminal justice related areas such as loss prevention, security, forensics, homeland security, and corrections for the best opportunities that match your interests and personality.
3. FIND AN INTERNSHIP. A criminal justice internship will not only look great on your resume, it can also help you decide if a career in criminal justice is right for you. You will get a real look into how criminal justice professionals spend their days, gain relevant work experience, and build a network of contacts who can possibly guide and mentor you in the future.
4. KEEP CURRENT ON EMPLOYMENT TRENDS and job descriptions. Know what types of jobs you are qualified for, and where there is a need for your skill set. This will save you time in your application process.
5. WORK YOUR CONNECTIONS. Many people find jobs through personal connections. Contact criminal justice faculty, alumni, fellow students, and professionals to see if they have any advice or suggestions on where to find work.
6. UTILIZE THE CAREER RESOURCES available at your school. Criminal justice faculty members, career services, and computer bulletin board systems are good sources for employment opportunities.
7. JOIN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS. Joining criminal justice associations will not only put you in contact with professionals in the field, but you will also receive their emails and/or newsletters that can be a great source for job listings.
8. GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. Stop in at federal, state, county and municipal offices every now and then to check job postings or to ask what is available or anticipated. Getting to know local law enforcement officers and others in your field can help grow your professional network as well.
9. PREPARE FOR FITNESS TESTING. If you are looking into a job in law enforcement or corrections you will need to pass a fitness test. Start preparing for this test now so that you will be ready when opportunity knocks.
10. MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CRIMINAL HISTORY IS CLEAR of felonies and serious misdemeanors. It will be very difficult to find work upholding the law if you have a history of breaking it!
For more information on criminal justice degrees and careers check out StudentAdvisor’s Criminal Justice Guide.
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