1. Most positions will call for you to complete an application in addition to sending a resume.  Be sure to type the application or print it legibly in blue or black ink.

  2. Some agencies will not even look at a resume, so be sure to fill in the application completely.  Do NOT write in, “please see resume.”

  3. Carefully read the job description and tailor your application to job for which you are applying.  This is particularly important in the “job duties” section.

  4. Don’t expect to get a Monday thru Friday, 9 to 5 job right out of college.  Detention facilities will weed out applications which do not list the shifts for which they have vacancies. Under “Check which shifts you will accept,” be sure to include the shift on which the vacancy exists.

  5. If you include a resume, keep it simple.  Fancy graphics and lengthy descriptions will not help get you an interview.

  6. Be honest, honestly!  If you submit that you have a certain credential, be prepared to provide evidence.  For example, if you say you are certified in CPR or First Aid, be prepared to submit a current card.

  7. Full disclosure of all criminal offenses including traffic offenses is critical.  Juvenile justice jobs require an exhaustive background check.  Your potential employer will find out anyway, so better they hear it from you.

     Although these tips won’t guarantee that you get an interview, they will give you the best shot for making a good first impression!