Get Jobs with Good Resumes, Great Interviews

Dr. Jim Dozier, Internship Coordinator
Dr. Jim Dozier, Internship Coordinator
With jobs opening up in local law enforcement agencies, the College of Criminal Justice will hold a workshop to help graduates write resumes and prepare for interviews to get those positions.

This spring, police departments in Houston, Dallas, Galveston, and Conroe visited the College of Criminal Justice looking for applicants for officer positions. During the 2010-11 academic year, 29 percent of students who participated in internship were hired by the agencies where they worked, and 49 percent got leads to get them into a criminal justice career. The College offers internships at 200 local, state and federal agencies and private security firms.

“Local agencies are starting to hire again,” said Dr. Jim Dozier, Internship Coordinator for the College of Criminal. “There is no longer a hiring freeze in Harris County. There is an increased interest in obtaining interns from the College. They like the quality of the interns they get, and it allows them to vet them in a fairly safe manner for future jobs.”

Dr. Dozier and Michelle Meers, a Career Counselor from Sam Houston State University Career Services, will discuss resumes and interviewing skills at Real Talk w/CJ on Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. in CJava Café. Students can put the workshop to use at the Criminal Justice Career Fair on March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Lowman Student Center. The Career Fair will include representatives from public and private agencies in law enforcement, corrections, victim rights organizations, private security and forensics.

Michelle Meers, Career Counselor
Michelle Meers, Career Counselor
Meers, who worked in juvenile services for 13 years, will discuss emerging trends in the employment field, including online applications, applicant tracking software and social media reviews. Many jobs now require online applications, which should be filled out with as much care and accuracy as a resume.

“Employers want to make sure that it is done accurately,” said Meers. “They don’t want you as an employee if it is done incorrectly, not complete or you didn’t follow directions.”

Many employers also are using application tracking software, which scans resumes for keyword. To ensure your resume is selected, use the keywords listed in the advertisement or job descriptions, Meers suggests.

With the popularity of social media, employers often search applicants on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube or Linked In to get a better idea of your character and activities. Make sure the content on those pages are appropriate, or you may lose a good opportunity, Meers said.

Finally, a criminal background will get in the way of many careers, especially in the criminal justice field, and will limit your ability to get a job. It is important to keep your record clean and avoid any charges, particularly drugs and alcohol, Meers said.

Dr. 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).

Meers joined SHSU Career Services in September, where she provides career counseling, interprets career assessments, conducts mock interviews and critiques resumes for students. Meers worked as a juvenile probation officer and an associate staff psychologist with Brazos County Juvenile Services and served as an associate clinical psychologist with the Texas Youth Commission. She also taught courses in criminal justice and human services and trained TYC employees in in crisis intervention and interpersonal skills at Blinn College.

Meers received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University.

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