Thoughts about leaving policing

We have been supporting police officers as they leave policing for eight years now, having set up Police into Private Sector (PiPS) in early 2011. We had all experienced moving from the all encompassing environment of policing into the private sector as a steep learning curve.

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Vetting issues

I just wanted to provide a little cautionary tale for anyone coming to you asking advice about roles/contracts within the Met Police. In June of last year I was told that my contract with the Home Office would be coming to an ending so the time had come to start looking for another contract.

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Time for a little self promotion?

The horror that someone might say that we are one of those arrogant sorts is often used as an excuse to not take a deep breath and talk about ourselves with confidence. But if we cannot tell people what we are good at how will they know?  Not a problem perhaps, until we want a job, a promotion or recognition perhaps.

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Interviews – a few reminders

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

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Secure a successful move

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 –

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Supporting statements and cover letters.

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.

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Should you make the jump?

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 moaned about how bad the job was but did nothing proactively to seek an alternative career.

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Are you holding back?

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?

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LinkedIn – why you should be connecting

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’

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Being there. My job hunting experience.

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 I think it is only right to give something back.

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