Tue., Feb. 22, 2011
Just in time for the Criminal Justice Career Fair, students can get pointers on writing resumes and preparing for interviews for jobs in the field.
Real Talk with CJ will feature a Resume and Interview Workshop at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the CJava Café. Dr. Jim Dozier, Internship Coordinator for the College of Criminal Justice, will present tips to get jobs in the criminal justice field, while Greg Monteilh, an employment specialist with Sam Houston State University Career Services, will provide information on writing an effective resume and preparing for interviews.
"There are so many opportunities available in the criminal justice field and many of the jobs don’t involve carrying a pistol," said Dozier. "Many of our students work in victim services or support services. For every DEA agent in the field, there are multiple support positions."
Dozier will show students how to search for a job, and the web sites where positions are posted. He also will discuss background checks and what to do if students have problems in their past. Finally, he plans to talk about physical fitness tests and some of the more subtle features of preparing for an interview.
"They have to realize that they will not likely be interviewed by someone their own age," said Dozier. "Little things make a difference. Shine your shoes, and don’t wear multi-colored nail polish."
Monteilh said your resume should be a marketing piece, a tool to communicate the things you have done well and to stress the skills and experiences that make you a better candidate. A resume should include an objective, education, experience, internships, skills, honors, affiliations and references. The resume should be sent with a cover letter, explaining your qualifications that best meet the company’s needs.
Students should be prepared for a variety of interview methods, including the traditional face-to-face option, panel-group interactions and video interviews, to name just a few. Candidates should research the company and be prepared to provide examples of your skills, abilities and interests.
During interviews, Monteilh recommends using the STAR technique -- which reviews situations, tasks, actions and results that students successfully faced in the past -- to communicate competencies and to highlight past accomplishments. Career Services offers many benefits including assessments, counseling, online assistance, resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, workshops and presentation, on-campus interview and job fairs. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their web site at www.shsu.edu/~ccp_www/
The new skills learned will come in handy at the Criminal Justice Career Fair, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 2 in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom. More than 30 criminal justice agencies are expected to attend.
Dozier, an associate professor at the College of Criminal Justice, had a 38 year career in local, state and federal law enforcement. Dozier began as a Houston Police Officer and a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration and also served as the Montgomery County Attorney and as Assistant District Attorney for the 9th Judicial District. He also was Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE).
Monteilh, a SHSU alumni with a bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice, has been an employment specialist at the university since 2009. He provides support to recruiters, students and alumni throughout the recruiting process for internships and full-time opportunities. His prior experience includes five years of job development and placement throughout the State of Texas as well as five years of employment mediation experience and 11 years of human resources experience in employee relations and services with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.