Your employment can be very important when it comes to getting a police job. What should you do? If you have a job, be the best employee that you can. Consider keeping the job as long as possible until you are able to get a job that would be much better. Many employers don't like applicants that have a history of jumping from one job to another. Police departments and other law enforcement agencies want a stable individual. That doesn't mean stay at a job you hate forever, it just means that you should give some thought to how often you change jobs and why. For example, it might not be a good idea to change jobs if the only reason is for a five or ten cent an hour raise. Also, make sure that you leave on good terms whenever possible. Obviously, try not to get fired or quit without notice. Giving a two week notice is normally required when you want to quit a job.
Any jobs you had or have are important. All jobs you've
held including part-time, full-time, or temporary jobs are important.
It doesn't matter if they are executive positions with a fortune 500
company or cashier positions at McDonald's or Walmart. You want to be
perceived as an excellent employee. You should strive to be
professional, punctual, courteous, well groomed, and able to work well
with others. You want to be thought of as reliable, and not known for
calling off, being late, or unorganized. Avoid horseplay. You want to be thought of as responsible and trustworthy.
If you don't have any work experience, you should consider getting some to establish a good record. Any job is fine. It doesn't have to be law enforcement related. If it is, that might be even better, but only if you perform well. Often times, people that want police jobs or
other law enforcement jobs work security jobs until they become police
officers. Security jobs are abundant, and are usually easier to obtain
than police jobs. Some people work part-time as security officers while
attending college, etc. Loss prevention officer jobs can be a lot of