Want a Job in Criminal Justice? Learn How at CJ Career Week!

Resume Workshop
Mon, Mar 3, 2 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Polygraph Exam
Tue, Mar 4, 2 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom

Criminal Justice Career Fair
Wed, Mar 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lowman Student Center, Ballroom

Interviewing Skills
Thu, Mar 6, 2 p.m.
Hazel B. Kerper Courtroom or

All seminars will be carried LIVE on the web at www.cjcenter.org/live.

The College of Criminal Justice is offering a series of workshops during the week of March 3 to prepare students to get a job in the criminal justice field. The week’s highlight is the CJ Career Fair featuring dozens of agencies in law enforcement, corrections, victim services, forensics and private security.

From March 3 – 6, the College will assist students with steps in the employment process, including resumes, interviewing skills and polygraph exams.

“Students are encouraged to utilize the services provided by Career Services at Sam Houston State University in preparation of obtaining a satisfying career as they enter the workforce,” said Vanessa Richard, the new CJ Career Coordinator at the College of Criminal Justice.

Michelle Meers presents a resume workshop to students.Richard and Michelle Meers of Career Services at Sam Houston State University will present a resume writing workshop on Monday, March 3. The session will review the key elements of a good resume as well as how to use various experiences, such as jobs, volunteer positions, awards and activities, to put your best foot forward.

On Tuesday, March 4, the College will host Polygraph Examiner and SHSU Alumnus Jerry Thomas of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, who will explain the “lie detector” exam used in the hiring process for many criminal justice and security positions. The exam, which includes a series of questions, measures several physiological responses, such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration and skin conductivity. Deputy Thomas will discuss the steps in the process to better prepare student for the experience.

Student talks with San Antonio Police recruiter.Students and alumni can put their skills to the test at the Criminal Justice Career Fair, held on Wednesday, March 5. The fair includes representative from private companies and many federal, state, and local agencies, many that have open positions or internship opportunities. The fair provides face-to-face discussions with key hiring personnel, including Sam Houston State University Alumni.

Among those who have signed up are:

  • Federal Agencies: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (Houston), Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Secret Service
  • State Agencies: Texas Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Dozens of agency are represented at the CJ Career Fair.

  • Police Departments: Arlington, Austin, Baytown, Beaumont, Bryan, Carrollton, College Station, Corpus Christi, Frisco, Garland, Harris, Irving, Midland, North Richland Hills, Pasadena, Plano, Rosenberg, Round Rock, Tyler, Waco
  • Sheriff Offices: Dallas County Sheriff, Harris County, Montgomery County, Travis County
  • Corrections: Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Probation/Parole: Angelina County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, Brazos County Juvenile Services Department, Fort Bend Community Supervision and Corrections Department, Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department, Montgomery County Juvenile Probation, U.S. District Court – Pretrial Services
  • Military: Marine Corps, U.S. Army
  • Private Security: ASIS, Photofax, Walmart Logistics
  • Victim Services: Texas Health and Human Services
  • Other: Houston Fire Department

Well dressed students meet with an FBI agent.Students are encouraged to dress professionally, bring copies of their resumes and research the companies attending. Last year, more than 50 employers attended the event, and they expected to interview 41 candidates for jobs.

The College of Criminal Justice is encouraging all of its students to participate in the Career Fair to make valuable contacts for their future endeavors.

Graduate starts an interview with a handshake.On Thursday, March 6, students can learn about the interviewing process from professionals in the filed who make critical hiring decisions. The panelists will include representatives from the federal, state and local levels, including Alumni Nancy Kratzer, former Deputy Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Dallas; Ed Reyna, former head of the U.S. Probation/Pretrial Services Office for the Northern District of Texas, Jill Saumell, chief juvenile probation officer for Walker County and Chief Eric Buske of the Bryan Police Department.

“All of these events are tailored to enhancing students’ job search,” said Kalyn Cavazos of the CJ Advisement Center. “You will want to take advantage of these opportunities offered during Career Week.”

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