Real Talk w/CJ: Federal Job Searches

Real Talk with CJ

Tue Nov 27, 2012
3:00 pm - 4:00pm
CJ Cafe (CJava)

Michelle Meers, a Career Counselor from Sam Houston State University Career Services, and Roberta Ardoin, a VetSuccess on Campus Counselor at the Veterans Resource Center at SHSU, will present "Managing the Maze of Federal Job Searches."

A U.S. Border Protection agent checks the border with binoculars.Some of the most coveted jobs in criminal justice are in the federal government for high profile agencies like the FBI, DEA and Homeland Security. But there are 15 cabinet departments and more than 100 independent agencies in the U.S. government that offer employment.

Logo for USA Jobs site.

To help students prepare for those opportunities, Career Counselor Michelle Meers and VetSuccess Campus Counselor Roberta Ardoin at Sam Houston State University will present “Managing the Maze of Federal Job Searches” on Nov 27 at 3 p.m. in CJava CafĂ© as part of the Real Talk w/CJ series. The two will review the USA Jobs site as well as expectations for applications and the federal resume format. They also will highlight the federal human resources process.

Career Counselor Michelle Meers.
Michelle Meers
Meers will inform criminal justice majors about the many types of employment available in their field in the federal government. She also will stress many of the agencies that offer internships to help get your foot in the door. Finally, she will emphasize the need to prepare early in applying for federal criminal justice jobs or internships because of the long lead times needed for background investigations and the competitive nature of the jobs.

VetSuccess Campus Counselor Roberta Ardoin.
Roberta Ardoin
Ardoin will discuss the benefit of veteran and disability preferences when applying for federal jobs. She will review the overall scoring system used for applicants in the process and provide valuable insight into the federal employment system.

The College of Criminal Justice offers more than 200 internships in law enforcement, corrections, victim service agencies as well as public and private security firms. Among the 15 federal opportunities available are the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) , U.S. Secret Service, the Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Services, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Department of Labor and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

U.S. Marshals raid home of a fugitive.Some of these internships have been waylaid by budget cuts, and others are available only during certain semesters of the year. For more information, contact Janie Burwick at the Internship Office at (936) 294-1659.

Meers earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas A&M in 1992 and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University in 1995. She worked as a clinician with juvenile offenders from 1996 through 2011, giving her ample experience in individual and group counseling, performing psychological evaluations, planning treatment interventions, providing courtroom testimony, and program development for juvenile delinquency. She also taught under the Human Services and Criminal Justice department at Blinn College for four years.

DEA agents arrest a suspect outside his car.In 2011, Michelle accepted a job at Sam Houston State University in their Career Services department as a career counselor. Her job here involves providing career counseling, interpreting career assessments, and assisting students with their transition to the professional world by helping them with resumes, interview skills, and other career related development areas.

FBI agent in training on the gun range.Ardoin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and minor in Psychology from Louisiana State University. In 2001, she obtained a Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Her professional experience includes working as a family services specialist with Calcasieu Parish Child Protective Services, as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the state of Louisiana and as a lead vocational rehabilitation counselor for the state of Colorado.

Ardoin currently works for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a VetSuccess on Campus Counselor at SHSU. In her position, she works with veterans on accessing educational benefits, vocational assessments, healthcare benefits, medical and mental health referrals, job placement, veteran-specific services and community resources.

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