Thoughts about leaving policing

By |August 9th, 2017|

I originally wrote this article for the Police Resettlement magazine. I  happened upon it recently and felt it might be useful to reprint it here.

We have been supporting police officers as they leave policing for over five years now, having set up Police into Private Sector (PiPS) in early 2011. We had all experienced moving […]

Interviews – a few reminders

By |January 23rd, 2017|

You could be forgiven for thinking that one interview is much the same as another. You want the job on offer, you have submitted your strong, concise and compelling CV which has now secured an interview.

Of course, now you might reflect it is a long time (if ever) since you went along to an interview outside […]

Secure a successful move

By |November 30th, 2016|

As we start 2015 I thought it might be helpful to run through a few essential tasks for you should you be considering a move away from policing in 2015. And these will be of use too if you have made the move already but are not getting the speed of progress you hoped for. Here are my points on a securing a successful move -

Supporting statements and cover letters.

By |November 11th, 2016|

Supporting statements and covering letters are often a cause for concern and really they need not be once you hold a few rules in mind. To start, it is so important to bear in mind that these documents are all about the reader and never about the writer. To demonstrate this, think what is the […]

Should you make the jump?

By |March 23rd, 2016|

There have been some excellent posts in the Police into Private Sector group on Linkedin, so I thought I would add my experience. I decided to leave the Police in 2012. I had been thinking about it since 2010 but had done nothing about it. I was determined to not be one of those officers that […]

Time for a little self promotion?

By |December 28th, 2015|

Sounds awful doesn’t it?

For many of us, the thought of self promoting and pushing ourselves forward is nothing short of horrifying. We reflect on how laughable others have seemed when they apparently suggest they alone are responsible for every possible successful outcome and how no company or organisation should be without their particular brand of […]

Are you holding back?

By |November 19th, 2015|

Where do you stand now?  Starting your new life, starting your new business or perhaps experiencing rejection as you apply for new jobs after many years of ‘safe’ employment in policing?

And of course, if you are leaving after thirty years,  there is the poisoned chalice we often speak of at PiPS of having a certain […]

LinkedIn – why you should be connecting

By |August 10th, 2015|

Working and talking with members I am struck by the variation in the use and understanding of LinkedIn and so I thought it might be a good to address the benefits of being on LinkedIn, why you should commit to having a strong profile and using this superb tool.  This is not a ‘how to’ guide, but a ‘why to’

It is your shop front

First and foremost, so many employers do a cursory check on the internet.  LinkedIn has it so locked down with Google that chances are (and depending on how unusual your name is) your LinkedIn profile, if you are active, will come up first or at least in the first few.  So you can take a potential employer to your profile – backing up your already strong CV, and demonstrating that you use and understand the basic technology now required by us all. This is the ideal opportunity for you to display a strong and compelling profile that will lift you above the competition.

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Being there. My job hunting experience.

By |August 3rd, 2015|

PiPS member, Dave Sumner, shares his experience of moving from policing into the private sector

I have learnt an awful lot from speaking to colleagues further ahead of me on the path to finding a new career after completing working life in the police, as well as by reading articles from the PIPS Linkedin Group. So […]

My route into the private sector after policing

By |July 21st, 2015|

I left the metropolitan police in 2014 and had over 3 months paid leave. I chose the date I wanted to leave as I had completed 2 additional years and had reached as far as I would go. Prior to retiring, I had 2 job interviews but had been unsuccessful in both. The first interview […]