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Old 10-04-2012, 1:51 PM
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Default Filling out my Sac PD employment application; How important are references?

I was wondering how important it is to include personal/professional references. I have some professional ones that I could include, but not any recent ones unless I talk to my current co-workers. I have plenty of personal references, but I don't want to hassle any of them unless it will actually help. Any advice?

Also, is this like other jobs in that a resume is almost mandatory?
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Old 10-04-2012, 2:02 PM
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References are very important to the background investigator. When you have your meeting with your BG investigator he will ask for as many as you can provide. One of the things to keep in mind, all BG investigators know that the majority of applicants will only provide references that they believe will give speak well of them. It is standard procedure for the investigator to contact the given reference and ask them for other people that know you that you did not list. This allows the investigator to get a better picture of the applicant.

Whatever you do, fill out the background questionnaire as complete and detailed as possible. Be sure and have the telephone area codes and postal zip codes available. You do not want to get the BG investigator annoyed. Keep in mind you will not be the only background he is working on. If the questionnaire is not completed in detail, he may very well move on to other applicants that have more completely provided the necessary information.
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Old 10-04-2012, 5:38 PM
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It has been my experience...several friends who have worked background and recruiting...that your references in a LE application are more important than in any other job you're likely to apply for.

On the other hand, most of them don't even look at included resumes...remember that this is an entry level civil service job
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Really appreciate it guys! I had to save it midway through and leave for work, so I'll finish it tonight or tomorrow.
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any recommendations on how many I should have? I have 2 personal and one professional. (I have worked with one of the personal references, and he works as a dentist with department of corrections, but we're also related)

I've been leaving messages for people to get back to me. My goal is to have at least 5. Do I need more? 5 of each?
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I always thought more than 3 was excessive, 2 really professional/creditable/established is even better
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If law enforcement is the career that you really want then do not cut corners at any point during your background process. If it is not the career that you really want then save yourself all the time and effort that it is going to take to get through the process.
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Turned it in with 3 or 4 references (honestly don't remember) a resume, and completely complete. Wish me luck guys!
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This helps me lots too. As a quick side note, avoiding hijacking, are all previous jobs to be listed on the resume even if they are irrelevant to the LE position? (ie restaurant server etc)
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Yes, the instructions on the PHS says to "List ALL jobs..." with "ALL" in bold.


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This helps me lots too. As a quick side note, avoiding hijacking, are all previous jobs to be listed on the resume even if they are irrelevant to the LE position? (ie restaurant server etc)
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about how long should I expect to wait before being contacted, to know if I was accepted (to be interviewed) or not? deadline is the 19th. any incite?
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about how long should I expect to wait before being contacted, to know if I was accepted (to be interviewed) or not? deadline is the 19th. any incite?
Deadline is the 19th. They will gather the info and sort through it at that point. Within a month or two you will hear from them about a scheduled time and date for taking the written test. If you score well they will likely invite you back for physical agility testing. Upon completion of that you will be scheduled for an interview. And so on and so forth
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Gottcha, thanks
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