Archive for July, 2010

Career Possibilities in Criminal Justice

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Gaining a degree in criminal justice can springboard you towards virtually any career related to law enforcement. Many students choose to continue their education in fields such as forensics or law, but some dive right into career opportunities in criminal justice.

Popular and growing criminal justice careers include:

Law Enforcement Agents- Police officers, detectives, sheriffs, FBI and other governmental agents constitute this field of law enforcement. These individuals are charged with maintaining order, protecting citizens and property. They work to prevent crime, investigate criminal activity and college evidence to assist prosecutors.

Correctional Officers- Correctional officers are responsible for maintaining order and security in prisons. They are also accountable for the prevention of escapes, assaults and other disturbances. They oversee current prisoners and those awaiting trial.

Probation Officers- Probation officers supervise criminal offenders who are on probation or parole. They ensure the offender is compliant with the terms of their sentence and assist with matters such as job placement and drug counseling.

Correctional Treatment Specialists- These individuals are specialized to work with inmates and those released on parole or probation to ensure proper progress is being made. This is accomplished through educational and training programs, anger management classes and drug counseling.

Criminal justice careers have great outlooks through 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Projected growth is said to be “faster than average”, which means an increase of 14 to 19 percent employment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If serving and protecting is where your heart lies, earn your degree in Criminal Justice and start your career now!

The Dos and Donts of Facebook when it comes to careers

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

We all know the horror stories that are rampant when it comes to facebook and jobs. However, there are positive ways to use the social networking site to potentially grab a job. Of course, facebook is a double-edged sword. Use it the wrong way and potential employers wont even consider looking twice.

Some positive ways to use facebook to help in your job search include:
-    Posting previous employment information.
-    Having a friendly, personalized profile page that is appropriate and contains insight into you.
-    Posting family event pictures, appropriate photos of you with friends, etc.
-    Presenting education information.

All of the above are very simple things to do. You might wonder “why should I make my profile friend and personalized but appropriate?” The answer is simple. Potential employers may look at numbers, previous jobs, education and more to determine if you are right for the job, but you are a person. They want an idea as to how you might get along with others and the easiest source to see that? Facebook.

Of course there are negative ways that could harm potential employment. These include:
-    Posting inappropriate photos with excessive partying, etc.
-    Crude jokes and profanity on your wall.
-    Updating your status all the time.

The status updating is a huge red flag for potential employers. If they see that they may think all you do is sit at work and wait until your next facebook status update.

If you are careful with how you manage your facebook profile, it could help you land a job! But remember, there’s always a drawback and you must be careful.

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