You’ve been on patrol for a few years and now you are thinking about moving up the ranks or maybe moving to a bigger department with more opportunities? Your resume can help you stand out above other candidates.

The job search for police officers is not like a normal job search. It’s a different world in law enforcement. You may be looking to make a lateral move in your department or moving to a bigger department where more opportunities are available. Or maybe it’s time to see if you have what it takes to move up in rank? Even though the process is challenging, extensive, and technical, your resume doesn’t have to be. We’ve compiled some easy pointers for you to use to help find the right fit for your resume and your career.

  1. Don’t worry about the length of your resume. Unless you’re switching careers, your resume will need to hold more information than the customary two pages.
  2. Write an attention grabbing career objective that should reflect the next rank or position you are aiming for.
  3. Strive for clarity when explaining your experiences. This can help filter out the least important info the reader needs to see.
  4. Use action verbs in your descriptions to present a picture to the reader, rather than a list of job duties. Ex: patrolled, inspected, implemented, enforced, assessed, etc.
  5. If you completed your professional development with the same organization, try lumping the classes you took together to avoid repeating yourself. If you didn’t, just list your training courses with specific organizations, locations, and years.
  6. When adding your affiliations and community involvements, try only using a few lines and use symbols to separate each listing.

Your resume can be a strong first impression with the right format and verbiage. These tips can help yours stand out from the other candidates. For a resume example, click here. For more  law enforcement resume examples and tips, click here.


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