Law Enforcement Job Search Tips

A law enforcement job search has some advantages and some disadvantages. Finding the jobs is one thing, getting them is another, and finding out enough about them to make a decision to apply can be something else.

Law Enforcement Job Search Online

In professional job searching, you can save yourself a lot of time by developing a search that will instantly find the jobs you need. For law enforcement jobs, with their very wide range of specializations, it’s pretty simple to create a reliable search method.

The best option is to use search terms related to your strongest skills and proficiencies. These are the jobs you’re most likely to get, and your levels of confidence when applying will be much higher. One look at these jobs is also enough to tell you if they’re what you want because you’re familiar with the roles and realities of the work.

Do not use any generic terms that are likely to be common to the sorts of jobs you don’t want. Search engines are relentless at digging up unwanted results, so use technical terms that you know need to be part of job descriptions. You should, after a few tries, come up with a series of search terms that will work on any job board or recruiting site.

It’s usually worth including categories on major job boards or on any site where the range of jobs isn’t local or covers a wide range of job types. Location, salary, geographical area and, in some cases, your qualifications will narrow down your search to relevant jobs.

Checking Out Law Enforcement Jobs

Law enforcement job hunting isn’t quite that simple. Not all law enforcement jobs are equal, unless you’re at early entry level. As professionals know, you really do need to check out the jobs. The research is necessary, anyway, to investigate the scope of the job and whether it’s the right career option.

Law enforcement professionals also don’t need to be told there are positives and negatives in their line of work. We suggest, therefore, that it makes sense when looking for jobs that you make a point of checking the balance between them, when making your decisions.

There are a few reliable ways of investigating the work, the area, and the type of issues involved in the job:

Networking: The professional law enforcement job network really justifies its existence in this department. Somebody will know about the job, the work, the area and issues. Firsthand information is priceless, and can help you make the right decision quickly.

Contacting the employer: This can be almost as good as ringing your network. Talking to another professional can tell you in seconds what you need to know. In operational roles in particular, experienced people speak the same language, and understand the issues that much better. In specialist roles, the discussion will develop around skills and areas of specialization, which is also very informative.

Checking out the law enforcement situation related to the job: This is another useful quality control. It’s also necessary if you intend to apply for the job. Whether you’re looking at mainstream police work, customs, Border Patrol, or any other form of law enforcement job, it’s advisable to have  current situational knowledge and an understanding of the background of the work you’ll be doing.