How To Build A Good Policing Resume

December 22, 2017

How To Build A Good Policing Resume

by Ian D Scofield

On Tuesday we wrote an article about crafting the best cover letter possible.  If you are trying to get a job after retiring from the force, you are trying to become a police officer, or applying for special programs, you won't just need a cover letter.  You also need a resume.  With today's article we are going to go over how to craft a good resume.

Review A Job Posting

The best resume is crafted after you have read a job posting or application requirements.  This helps you to know if there are any requirements for your resume.  Not all employers will have requirements but some do and if you don't follow them your resume is likely to be thrown out right away.

Format Properly

Formatting a resume is complicated.  It involves a lot of detailed formatting that you can learn to do with Microsoft Word.  Because of this, it is often recommended that you use a free template.  Microsoft Word (and other word processors) come with templates.

At the top of your resume should be your contact information and name.  Some people also decide to through in a catchy slogan such as "Security Expert."  Try to follow the same contact information formatting that you use for your cover letter to create a sense of uniformity.

A standard resume is broken down into sections.  In general you want your experience to be at the top with your education following that.  Certifications and anything else you want to list on your resume can come after that.

Limit The Pages

An ideal resume is only one-page long.  For some people this isn't possible and you can go onto a second page.  At no time should your resume exceed two pages.  This is a standard that has been passed down through tradition of applying to jobs.

One way to get passed the page limit is to include a URL for your LinkedIn on the resume so that a reader can go there to see more of your information.

Custom Tailor The Resume

The content on your resume should be tailored to the position that you are looking to get.  Try to add only relevant content.  This helps with keeping the resume down to as close to one page as possible.

By custom tailoring the resume you are showing the human resources representatives who are reading your resume exactly why you are qualified for the job without giving them irrelevant information.

Highlight Your Accomplishments

The most important thing to include in your resume is where you have gone above and beyond the others that you work with.  Highlighting awards, specialized training, and leadership opportunities can help make your resume stand out above all of the others.  This will give recruiters a reason to further consider you.

Be Measurable

Do your best to measure your success on your resume.  Showing numbers will let departments know how well you have done throughout your career.  It also helps to back up the information included on your resume.  Without facts to back up your content, your resume can feel like it lacks a sense of realness.

Include Volunteering

If you have any recent history of volunteering make sure that it appears on your resume.  Agencies and companies like people who volunteer because it shows that they have good morale fiber and like to help others.  It can be even better when the volunteering is relevant to the position that you are applying for.

Including An Objective Statement?

You may have noticed that some resumes include objective statements that let employers know what a potential hire is looking for in their career track.  For the most part I have always been advised to not include these statements on my resume and I agree with that advice.

A resume needs to be easily readable and even a small paragraph can distract from the important features of a resume.  Your cover letter is already a form of objective statement.

If a job posting or application posting requests that you include an objective statement, make sure that it is included.

Make It Skimmable

Most HR representatives decide what they want to do with a resume in only a matter of seconds.  That means you only have a moment to convince them that your resume is one that they want to keep in the running.  To help with this you should do your best to ensure that your resume is easily skimmable by the recruiter.

Skimmability is another reason to keep your resume streamlined to the relevant items.

Don't Clutter It

It is easy to want to throw in a bunch of additional tidbits on a resume but most of this is clutter.  It will prevent the streamlining of your resume.  Clutter doesn't only come in the form of information, it also comes in the form of formatting.

Don't include little images or details that could distract readers from going through your resume.  Some career tracks such as digital design may have these as part of their resumes but it isn't relevant to policing.

Proof Read Your Resume

Once you have drafter your resume don't just send it in right away.  It is also important that you proof read your work.  Any mistakes in your resume will be taken seriously by those who are reading it.  Give your formatting and writing a twice over to make sure that everything is correct.

Crafting a perfect resume can help you to get a job.  A bad resume can mean that you aren't even considered for a position or training no matter how many qualifications you have.  By following these tips you can help to ensure that your resume doesn't get rejected.

Stay safe out there!



About The Author:

Ian is a staff writer at APTI and hospital security officer at a major medical center who has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Administration of Justice.  He has held multiple positions in the security industry from patrol supervisor to auxiliary public safety officer.  At APTI he brings his writing skills to help further the careers of others and provide quality content.  Feel free to visit his freelancing site or his creative writing site.

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