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Timothy Roufa

Advancing Your Career in Criminology or Criminal Justice

By January 30, 2013

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I'm not generally one to toot my own horn. In fact, I usually abhor self horn-tooting (I bet you never thought you'd read a sentence like that), BUT just this once I'm going to toot just a little because I hope that it may be encouraging and helpful for those of you looking to get promoted or who are facing an assessment process for a new job.

I'm starting a new chapter in my career, as I've recently been promoted in my day job. That's a good thing. In fact, it's a great thing, and I hope everyone reading is motivated to do the same. So how did I do it? The short answer is, I followed my own advice.

I studied extremely hard for my promotional test by reading the material, taking notes, reading the notes, and reading the material again.

Next, I prepared for the oral interview by thinking about issues facing my organization and exploring how my past experience prepared to me to help meet those challenges.

I also prepped for the in-basket exercise by studying events and incidents, both past, present and future, that impacted my organization. I then thought about appropriate responses to those instances that were in accordance with existing policies and laws.

Lastly, I sought input and advice from others who had gone before me. You can never overvalue the opinions of those people who you look up to and admire, so don't hesitate to take advantage of the wisdom and knowledge they have to offer.

So whether you're just starting out in your criminal justice career or your looking to make that next step up, let me be the first to wish you the best of luck and to let you know that if I can do it, so can you. And then you, too can toot your own horn.

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