Get Ready for the Job Hunt with Career Week


Photo of a job application.

Get a head start on your job search at the 2013 Criminal Justice Career Week.

To get ready to meet employers and put your best foot forward, Career Services will be offering a workshop on Monday, March 4 at 4 p.m. in the Courtroom with tips on resumes and interviewing skills. Career Counselor Michelle Meers will cover how to approach agencies and recruiters at the Career Fair, how to dress for success and about the advantages of networking.

Photo of young woman facing a panel of interviewers.
SHSU Career Services offers assistance with resume and interviewing skills.
Career Services offers a diverse array of opportunities, including career assessments, mock interviews, cover letter and resume assistance, JOBS for KATS job listings, career library/computers, company information, presentations and workshops, career counseling and on campus interviews. Students can have their resumes critiqued before the Career Fair by appointment or during walk-in hours on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon or Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. in ABIV, Suite 210 or by emailing their resumes to careerservices@shsu.edu.

Dozens of employers in law enforcement, criminal justice, victim service agencies, and security firms will be on hand to meet students and alumni on Wednesday, March 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom. So dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, and research each agency before attending the event.

SHSU student talks to a Beaumont Police Officer during the 2012 Career Fair.
SHSU student talks to a Beaumont Police Officer during the 2012 Career Fair.
“As a whole, we have seen an uptick in the number of employers registering for our Career Fairs,” said Mitch Parker, a Career Services Marketing and Events Coordinator. “This year, Texas has a $9 billion surplus, which is trickling down to many state agencies.”

Among the 50 agencies that have registered for the Criminal Justice Career Fair are:

Federal Agencies: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; Federal Bureau of Investigations; Marine Corps Officer Selection; U.S. Courts Pretrial Services Office, U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Diplomatic Security; U.S. Secret Service

State Agencies: Office of the Attorney General – Child Support Division; Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services; Texas Department of Public Safety; Texas Parks & Wildlife – Game Warden Training Academy

Municipal Police Departments: Austin, Baytown, Beaumont, Bryan, Carrollton, College Station, Dallas, Frisco, Grand Prairie, Houston, Huntsville, Irvington, Longview, Plano, San Antonio, Tyler
County Law Enforcement Agencies: Dallas County, Harris County, Fort Bend County, Travis County, Walker County

Correctional Agencies: Angelina County CSCD; Brazoria County Juvenile Justice Department; Brazos County Juvenile Justice Department; Montgomery County Juvenile Probation Department; U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Private Companies: Center for Advanced Legal Studies; JC Penney’s; Macy’s; Photofax; Target; The TJX Companies

Non-Profit Associations: ASIS, Victims Assistance Center

Other: Houston Fire Department

Lt. Dan Norris of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
Lt. Dan Norris
To round out the week, the College of Criminal Justice is hosting a Real Talk w/CJ on Tuesday, March 5 at 2 p.m. in the Courtroom featuring Lt. Dan Norris of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. He will provide an overview of the diverse job opportunities available in county law enforcement.

With 27 years in the department, Lt. Norris has served in patrol, as a detective in the Burglary/Theft and Major Crimes divisions, in Internal Affairs, as a supervisor in Criminal Investigations and as an administrator in charge of public information, budgets, grants, policy, fleet management and recruiting. Lt. Norris also will share tips on how to get a job in law enforcement.

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