I have received some calls regarding my
previous post, (How to turn your skills into
a new Career) here is synopsis of some of
the questions I have answered:
I retired at 44 with 23 yrs and although that
retirement would have supported me alone
I chose to get married and start a family,
therefore I needed more money than the
average secondary local law enforcement
career could provide. It was scary at first
because I did not have real plan, I spent the
first year working low wage jobs to make
ends meet, but I also took advantage of that
time and learned that the job market has
some unique opportunities you can exploit
because of your past.
First and foremost modern job hunting is
about networking and selling yourself too
yourself. If you have family or friends that
can advise you and assist you, USE THEM.
Don’t be afraid to learn from other people or
your mistakes. I went to every job fair.
Weather it was related to the career I was
seeking or not, it is a great way to get to
know HR people and recruiters, they may
not be able to assist you there, but you can
bet they know someone who can, in business
it is all about referrals, which is all about
On your resume, your police career should
only be about a paragraph, in business it is
not about awards it is about socialization.
List every interest you have outside of career
and home, like church, coaching, volunteer
work and social networks.
You want too have some of the same interests
as the person interviewing you.
stop interviewing. I used to go on interviews
while actively employed, the first question
they would ask is “Why do you want to leave
your current employer?” and I would answer,
“I don’t, but if there is a better opportunity
I don’t want to pass it up.” This shows you
have loyalty and ambition, unlike public service
you are rewarded for your ambition and don’t
have to step on people to prove it.
Dress for success, nobody hires a ROP
detective, but they will consider someone
who dresses in a nice suite and tie, is clean
cut and has respectful manners.
Never pay anyone to search for a job for you;
they are all scams, period! Recruiters get paid
by the company that hires you. If you pay for
anything have your resume professionally
done and always have two or three cover
letters with differing ambitions on them,
ready at any given time. Trust me; a
professionally done resume is worth its
weight in gold.
Buy the best clothes you can for your
interviews, the difference in the quality and
look in clothes is measurable and can separate
you from the average. I use Second Looks in
Alamo Heights (to purchase clothes), and
believe me the interviewers do not know the
clothes are used but they can tell the quality.
Success breeds success.
I hope some of this helps, if you have
anymore questions feel free to contact me at
anytime. Good luck.
Buy the way I’m using past tense in my post
because good fortune and business
connections have provided me the opportunity
to start my own business. For me, that was,
and is the ultimate goal of private enterprise.