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Zack in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania

81 months ago

I have been working with adjudicated youth for the past two years. I have experience working with youth whom are sex offenders, violent offenders, and also on top of that the majority of them need administered psychotropic meds by myself and my staff for ailments such as PTSD, conduct disorder, itermittent explosive anger disorder, and so on...I have been trying to get an interview for a while now as a JPO but cannot seem to do so. It seems that local politics meaning its who you know not what you know seem to play a big part in whether or not a person can get hired. I myself with this experience plus a 4 year degree in criminology consider myself to be way more qualified that probobally 99% of the individuals whom are being hired for these positions. To me its a big joke....

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tiaesa in Hyattsville, Maryland

81 months ago

why do you think it is so hard to get hired in this field and why did you go into this particular line of work

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Zack in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania

81 months ago

Well I think that it is hard to get hired in this field due to numerous reasons. Most of the jobs are at the county level and most counties will give preferential hiring to people that are already living in that county. Secondly I think that since it is a job at the county level, once again preference is going to be given to someone that is already working for the county, even if you are willing to relocate. Obviously the reason for going into this line of work is to help people any way that you can, its just that my background and experience are in this line, and im hoping to get a call from someone who wants a quality individual based on experience and background not someone who is looking for an easy hire meaning they already work for the county or are living in the county at the moment they are hiring. thank you very much for the reply

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Zack in Blairsville, Pennsylvania

79 months ago

jim in Pittston, Pennsylvania said: Hey Zak, I agree with your comments in reference to politics preventing one from obtaining employment. I have have 5 years experience as a Pobation Officer out of state. Since moving to Pa. I have applied and interviewed with success. Luzerne County is the worst. I was informed by a source that Luzerne County Probation hired no qualified individuals. Onlt those who were connected with the county.

Thanx for the reply Jim, yea it seems like it is awfully tough to get into a department. i have applied at a certain county about 10 times in the past year, as the position keeps opening up but I cannot even get anybody to even return a phonecall or send me any kind of information back via email. Maybe we should get into politics, ill vote for you if you vote for me!

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Jim

79 months ago

Hey Zak,

LOL I think that is a good suggestion about becoming politicans. Apparently that is what is all about in the state of Pa. Have you thought about relocation to a different area of Pa. I certainly can keep you informed about any Probation openings this way. My email is jimmykas2001@yahoo.com Feel free to drop me a line.

Jim.

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Zack in Blairsville, Pennsylvania

79 months ago

Jim said: Hey Zak,

LOL I think that is a good suggestion about becoming politicans. Apparently that is what is all about in the state of Pa. Have you thought about relocation to a different area of Pa. I certainly can keep you informed about any Probation openings this way. My email is jimmykas2001@yahoo.com Feel free to drop me a line.

Jim.

I have actually applied to pretty much all of the counties on the western side of the state. I cant even get a reply via email. i have 7 applications in virgina, 2 in arizona, and 7 in florida. Its just really hard to get a foot in the door unless you know the right people. Keep me posted and Ill do the same for you, you can email me at croa60@yahoo.com.

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Zack in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania

77 months ago

Jim, hey got an interview for an adult PO coming up here in a week, ill get back to you on here to let you know how it went. I went out and got PA act 235 certified as well and have some job prospects with that certification, how has the job hunt been goin for ya

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Jim in Pittston, Pennsylvania

77 months ago

Hello Zak,

You have an interview ! Great news. I hope you get a job offer. I am not familar with Pa act certification. What is it ?

Sorry for the delay at getting back to you. I was on vacation for three weeks in Montana. I also applied for a few jobs there. However I would prefer to remain in the state of Pennsylvania. Alot more family here. I did have an interview for a Drug & Alcohol Specialist at the state Correction prison in Hunlock Creek Pa. That is located in Luzerne County. I was not pleased with my preformance during the interview. I was getting over jet lag . Anyway will see what happens.

It would be great to speak to you. My cell # 570-606-9320. Maybe exchange a few ideas. My personal email is jimmykas2001@yahoo.com Take care

Jim.

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Tiffany in Louisville, Kentucky

76 months ago

I'm curently taking classes for Criminal Justice. I was wondering if I am wasting my time because I hear a lot that most places requite a BA or you would have to know someone to get a job. Im going for my associates degree, could anyone give me tips or information or just bluntly tell me if Im wasting my time. I would like to be a juvenile probation officer or work as a receptionist for a lawyer. Any ideas, tips or information would be helpful! Thanks

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Zack in Blairsville, Pennsylvania

76 months ago

you could probably snag a job as a paralegal with an associates as for jpo, i would suggest getting your masters, I have a BA and about 3 years of experience and cant even get an interview, but if you have any kind of connection it would be helpful as the po jobs are at the county level and its extremely hard to get in, at least in PA anyways

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Andrea in Grand Junction, Colorado

75 months ago

Its hard finding a job; even if you have some experience to back it up. I want to be a adult Po and I finally have an interview tomorrow. That is with my BA and two and a half years experience. I applied a while back and got a rejection letter and now six months later I finally got a call for an interview. I've worked in mental health and with at risk kids. Most recently I got a part time job in addition to my full time job at the local jail. I would honestly recommend a BA in Psychology even thought mine is in Soco/Crim. If you are in school dont waste your time on being a "receptionist". I think that anyone should persue higher education regardless of their employment status. Even if I get this job, I am still going to pursue a masters. I will find out if I get accepted into the Forensic Psyc program tomorrow also. Even if I dont do well on the interview tomorrow, I will go for my masters if accepted because it will only help down the line especially in this field. I think that it is tough because when I was in college, I even volunteered with the department, if that tells you anything.

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Cierria in Harrisville, West Virginia

74 months ago

HI everyone,, I start college in two days to become a Juvenile Probation Officer.. and after reading this Im not sure I picked a good career choice... is it really that hard to get hired....

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Candy in Gastonia, North Carolina

74 months ago

Tiffany in Louisville, Kentucky said: I'm curently taking classes for Criminal Justice. I was wondering if I am wasting my time because I hear a lot that most places requite a BA or you would have to know someone to get a job. Im going for my associates degree, could anyone give me tips or information or just bluntly tell me if Im wasting my time. I would like to be a juvenile probation officer or work as a receptionist for a lawyer. Any ideas, tips or information would be helpful! Thanks

Tiffany,

You are never wasting your time when furthering your education; however, you are right. Most states require a 4 yr degree to become a probation officer. I have an Associates in Criminal Justice and I can't find a job doing much of anything! Good luck to you with your education and job hunt.

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Erin in Media, Pennsylvania

74 months ago

I have my B.A. in Criminal Justice. I graduated back in 2003 and have yet to find a job in my field. instead it's one dead end job after another. I am looking to become a probation/parole officer, but need some guidance on where to start looking. I've tried numerous searches on the internet and still have come up empty handed. Any help anyone can offer me is very much appreciated.

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Candy in Gastonia, North Carolina

74 months ago

Erin in Media, Pennsylvania said: I have my B.A. in Criminal Justice. I graduated back in 2003 and have yet to find a job in my field. instead it's one dead end job after another. I am looking to become a probation/parole officer, but need some guidance on where to start looking. I've tried numerous searches on the internet and still have come up empty handed. Any help anyone can offer me is very much appreciated.

What town in PA do you live? You can always check with the Employment Security Commission. I am not sure where you live, but in Philadelphia, they are hiring at the St. Gabriel System for probation officers. Go to Monster.com, type in what area and what profession. I am almost certain you will find something.

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Candy in Gastonia, North Carolina

74 months ago

Cierria in Harrisville, West Virginia said: HI everyone,, I start college in two days to become a Juvenile Probation Officer.. and after reading this Im not sure I picked a good career choice... is it really that hard to get hired....

Go into nursing or anything with the medical field and you will be more likely to get a job.

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MAGICGIRL in FALLS CREEK, Pennsylvania

74 months ago

Erin in Media, Pennsylvania said: I have my B.A. in Criminal Justice. I graduated back in 2003 and have yet to find a job in my field. instead it's one dead end job after another. I am looking to become a probation/parole officer, but need some guidance on where to start looking. I've tried numerous searches on the internet and still have come up empty handed. Any help anyone can offer me is very much appreciated.

I BEEN THERE DONE THAT, THIS FIELD IS SO LIMITED!
lIKE YOU I GRADUATED IN MAY OF 2002 WITH A B.A. IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE WITH A MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY, I HAVE SPENT THE LAST 5 YEARS DOING TSS WITH BEHAVIORAL'EMOTIONAL KIDS. BUT MY HEART WANTS TO BE IN JPO I HAVE TRIED NUMEROUS TIMES TO GET A JP OR AP JOB CAN'T EVEN LAND AN INTERVIEW. I AGREE WITH ZACK FROM BLAIRSVILLE ABOUT COUNTIES AND POLITICS, IT IS JUST NOT FAIR.

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Megan in Elmhurst, Illinois

74 months ago

Have you guys tried volunteering? I volunteered one day a week in juvenile detention for a month or so and landed a full-time job, without any of the experience needed. Volunteering makes all the difference. I am not in Elmhurt though so i don't know why it says that.

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duncancharlie in Kingston, Pennsylvania

74 months ago

I have 10 years experience working with children and adolescents. I started out as a counselor for a wilderness camp for kids on probation. Got promoted to a behavior manager for an alternative school. promoted again to a case manager for kids on probation transitioning from placement to and aftercare program. Left and took a position as a crisis clinician for children and adolescents. I currently hold 3 positions at the same agency. Mobile crisis clinician, day crisis clinician and TSS. I work as a tss part time to earn extra money. I also work as an adult crisis clinician once a week on call. I don't have my BA or BS but have many college credits.

Do anyone think I have a shot at getting a position as a probation officer in Pa? Particularly in Luzerne county?

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Zack in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania

73 months ago

Yea volunteering might work if you have enough money to volunteer. That is not a feasible option for people who hold a full time job and have bills to pay. That type of thing would also work if you wanted a job at a juvenile detention center where all they are looking for is bodies due to high employee turnover

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Pamela Akins in Biloxi, Mississippi

73 months ago

I have to interview someone in the criminal justice field for a term paper. I want to interview someone in youth probation or a parole officer. any one in this field in biloxi please email me so we can set up a time and date I can do the interview

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Tiffany in Rochester, New York

73 months ago

I agree that it is very hard to find a job in the criminal justice field. I have a Associates degree in criminal justice, police science and can not find a job in this field at all. I am currently back in school to get my Bachelors in criminal justice, but after reading this, I don't know if Im in the right field. Do anyone know why is it so hard to get a job in this field, and is there any hope. Should people not try to get their degree in criminal justice. I wish I would of went into nursing.

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Dano in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania

72 months ago

Hello everyone. Just some helpful hints to guide you in your search. I have been a Juvenile Probation Officer for 10 years now. I got my BA in Criminology and my MS in Administration of Justice. The county I presently work in was non-political enough to recognize my attributes way back in 1998 as I didn't know anyone with political influence, so I got lucky. Unfortunately for most of the state, it's very true that it's more "who you know" than "what you know". Even with my experience and education and a score of 94 on the PA civil service exam for PA State Probation/Parole, I never got a call for so much as an interview in the two years that my score was relevant. This was about 3 years ago. So I have set my sights on U.S. Probation. I have had one interview in New Haven, Ct and another in Greensboro , NC in a few weeks. It's actually going to be easier to get a job with the feds than with the state of PA. Bottom line....Get your Master's Degree, Be willing to sacrifice and relocate and be persistent. Something will eventually come along, it just won't come along very quickly.

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ki-ki in Washington, District of Columbia

72 months ago

I am currently in college now graduating in 4 weeks. I have been actively looking for a full time job as a juvenile probation officer but so far no luck.....Hopefully Obama will change things for all of us...

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Joseph in Temecula, California

70 months ago

You're right, it's who you know. My brother was able to get me a job supervising the kids at the JDC. The money is almost as good as the PO's too.

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linas in Denver, Colorado

68 months ago

you can volunteer in evening . Just don't be lazy

Zack in New Alexandria, Pennsylvania said: Yea volunteering might work if you have enough money to volunteer. That is not a feasible option for people who hold a full time job and have bills to pay. That type of thing would also work if you wanted a job at a juvenile detention center where all they are looking for is bodies due to high employee turnover

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kevinm in Denver, Colorado

68 months ago

I'm about to get my bachelors in Criminal Justice. I also have my heart set on probation. Its the reason why I chose this career field in the first place. I have done lots of private security but trying to move on. Im going to move on to my masters in Criminal Justice. Im also about to become a certifeid emergency dispatcher. I was hoping if i get on with a department doing that i would have a better chance getting a po position someday. Does anyone in Denver or Colorado have any suggestions for me?

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Keith in Pompano Beach, Florida

67 months ago

I've been working with the Department of Juvenile Justice in south Florida for a little over a year now. It's a pretty good job, but the pay sucks!

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mel in El Paso, Texas

67 months ago

you can try going to El Paso, TX to find work. If you can speak spanish you are pretty much guaranteed to get a job down here. My husband is in the U.S.Army we're stationed down here at Fort Bliss. I am pursuing my degree for BACH. in criminal justice but i want to do forensics. so best of luck to you all. I have a degree in medical billing graduated at 2nd in my class honors and a 4.0 and nothing to show for it 2 yrs later. i dont have experience so therefore, i am not hirable. i did an externship they couldnt hire me because there were no job openings. that was in Ypsilanti, Mich. which i applied to all the surrounding areas. nothing! couldnt even do entry-level which would have been a receptionist due to the fact i have no medical background. i have 5 yrs office management skills as well as 7 yrs clerical and an assoc. degree in clerical. so i think to do with not finding jobs is just simply they arent hiring. they just want to keep who they have or hire friends of the company. if you have no experience how can you get experience? you cant! i am among all of you trying to be something and get a degree and there is just nothing to do about it. So, i'm trying into a new approach i want forensics. I always wanted to do it and ended up in the medical field with nothing to show for that either.

good luck to everyone!

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David in San Diego, California

67 months ago

I do not know why people make it excited to the students that being a law enforcement officer is fun while getting in is as hard as Elephants jumped the tree. I have an AS and BS degrees in Criminal Justice and currently pursuing a Masters Degree in the Same field. I have been looking for a fultime entry position with any criminal justice agency since I started going to school back in 2003; however, I had several interviews in San Diego, but for some reason, the jobs are always offered to someone else. In some agencies where I almost got in, the background check on credit side set me back.
For those who are in this field, learn that the problem is not only to land in an interview, but also there is an intensive background check that will block you down the road. The field needs only those who are free in everything ranging from criminal to credit backgrounds. I agree that politic is much played in this field. To get in is all about who you know.

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Karen in Austin, Texas

67 months ago

I started in this field working for MHMR (mental health, mental illness). From here, I went to work at a juvenile treatment center for kids with compromising backgrounds/mental illnesses. Now, I work for the county's juvenile probation as a Juvenile Detention Officer. It took me 2 months to get an interview and 3 1/2 to hired. It takes almost 6 months to get a response so I lucked out. When interviewing, they just want to know if you are trainable. They don't care about your lack of experience. A coworker told me that in order to move up to a JPO position, without my degree yet, I should obtain my gun permit. I hate to say it but it's about who you know. I strongly suggest getting in on the ground floor, even if you don't like the job, and work your way up. This is a field that is in demand all over. Be willing to relocate ANYWHERE, especially these smaller towns who are in dire need as oppose to just the major cities. Another suggestion: when you do a search on job sites,typed in juvenile and don't type a city/state. Jobs all across the nation came up for JPO and other related positions. I know for a fact that Travis County Juvenile Probation Department, TYC (Texas Youth Commissioner), and a lot of smaller towns in Texas (Giddings and others) are looking for JPOs on all levels and other juvenile positions. There were a few people in my training class that got hired on from out of state. So, I doubt if there is any prejudice as to locations. If this has been a real problem you want to relocate to a particular city/state, buy a cheap prepaid phone, get a telephone number (area code) in the area you are looking, and open a a P.O. Box. Put this information on your resume and/application. G'luck to you all!

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mel in El Paso, Texas

67 months ago

do you know anything about like crime scene investigators or like criminalistics? these are areas i'm currently looking at and getting my degree in criminal justice with the concentration in forensic science. i'm obtaining my assoc. first then going on for my bach.? i am curious. i am willing to start out down at the bottom with this also. my hubby is active duty army so by the time i'm done with my degree we will be getting stationed some where else. I am going to have career placement look for me a position here in El Paso, but then do a search for where ever we end up also. We won't know this until like maybe next year when my hubby re-enlists. I would appreciate any feedback from anyone that would know anything about this field or can obtain any info would be greatly appreicated and if i will need any additional certifications and things. i know for CSI type i will prob. need like forensic biology which i'm checking into now i will get my masters in that if i have to to help me. For criminalistics i know there is a cert. for that too.

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Aaron in Columbia, South Carolina

66 months ago

I currently work for DJJ in SC..I agree its a very frustrating field to get into..For everybody that still is in college trying to get into the JPO field..good look..certain aspects of the job are fun. the pay is not great....and you will certainly work for the money you make...good luck to everybody..feel free to email me at adidas_61@yahoo.com for anybody that has specific questions..are anybody who is in Pa that may be able to help me out in relocating :)

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patricia center in portland oregon in Vancouver, Washington

66 months ago

hello zack i see that you have been working in the feild for two years and I have a few questons for you iam currently takeing a criminal justice course and need someone to interview are you willing to let me interview you? if so would you please e-mail me back at trishac1510@yahoo.com thank you so much it would help me a great deal

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patricia center in portland, Oregon

66 months ago

hey anyone I am currently taking the introductions to criminal justice in portland oregon and need someone to interview for a class assignment due this coming friday is there anyone out there that is willing to let me do so?it would be extremly helpful and thank you so much to whom ever can help i am interested in becomeing a jpo i need as much advise as i can get

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Lacey Mitchell in Tallahassee, Florida

65 months ago

I can tell you right now DO NOT APPLY FOR A JPO POSITION IN FL! We have a hiring freeze right now and no one is getting hired. I wish they would hire some people. Trust me if you have never worked as a JPO then you need to at least shadow before taking the job. It's not what you dreamed about. I can promise you that!

If you have any questions feel free to ask me. I know about all too well about being a JPO!
just1lacey@yahoo.com or IM me

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LisaSue in Queensbury, New York

65 months ago

Zack in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania said: Well I think that it is hard to get hired in this field due to numerous reasons. Most of the jobs are at the county level and most counties will give preferential hiring to people that are already living in that county. Secondly I think that since it is a job at the county level, once again preference is going to be given to someone that is already working for the county, even if you are willing to relocate. Obviously the reason for going into this line of work is to help people any way that you can, its just that my background and experience are in this line, and im hoping to get a call from someone who wants a quality individual based on experience and background not someone who is looking for an easy hire meaning they already work for the county or are living in the county at the moment they are hiring. thank you very much for the reply

I agree with all of the above. In my case, our county is going through layoffs as per Governor Paterson and our County Board of Supervisors. As most Probation Officer positions are county positions, and government is downsizing, hiring freezes and layoffs are widespread. Personally, I think letting go of probation or parole officers is insane, especially considering the fact of closing jails and prisons. But heck -- if you already have a caseload of 75 people, what's 10 or 20 more?

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Karen in Austin, Texas

65 months ago

As of yesterday, 5.8.09, while looking through Travis County's job vacancies, I noticed we have tons of JPO I, II, III, Case Managers, Detention Officer I, II, etc, jobs openings. Here is the website:

www.co.travis.tx.us/juvenile_court/default.asp

You'll have to navigate around the site for specific openings within the Juvenile Probation Department.

G'luck

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zc8283 in Berkeley, California

65 months ago

i wasted time going to school and getting a degree in criminal justice...i should/ve done something else cause this field is dead....unless you know someone.....what a joke when people say there are lots of probation jobs.....

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OUCH in Chicago, Illinois

64 months ago

This is to all the people who are persuing a career in the criminal justice field. First, I have worked with the Juveniles offenders and now working with adult offenders. I have been a Probation officer for five years. Trust me, this job is very dangerous and stressful. The pay is not that great either.

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zc8283 in Berkeley, California

64 months ago

well, at least you got into the field and have a career....unlike most people who cant get in....its all about who you know

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nothappyinsd in La Mesa, California

63 months ago

Zack in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania said: I have been working with adjudicated youth for the past two years. I have experience working with youth whom are sex offenders, violent offenders, and also on top of that the majority of them need administered psychotropic meds by myself and my staff for ailments such as PTSD, conduct disorder, itermittent explosive anger disorder, and so on...I have been trying to get an interview for a while now as a JPO but cannot seem to do so. It seems that local politics meaning its who you know not what you know seem to play a big part in whether or not a person can get hired. I myself with this experience plus a 4 year degree in criminology consider myself to be way more qualified that probobally 99% of the individuals whom are being hired for these positions. To me its a big joke....

Is that Hard to get in with Probation In PA? My wife has family there and we were considering moving there. I am currently a Juvenile Probation Officer in San Diego and looking to get out of California.

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nothappyinsd in La Mesa, California

63 months ago

LisaSue in Queensbury, New York said: I agree with all of the above. In my case, our county is going through layoffs as per Governor Paterson and our County Board of Supervisors. As most Probation Officer positions are county positions, and government is downsizing, hiring freezes and layoffs are widespread. Personally, I think letting go of probation or parole officers is insane, especially considering the fact of closing jails and prisons. But heck -- if you already have a caseload of 75 people, what's 10 or 20 more?

Caseload of 80 and they just voted to get rid of 21 more PO's. Insane and stupid.

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nothappyinsd in La Mesa, California

63 months ago

Cierria in Harrisville, West Virginia said: HI everyone,, I start college in two days to become a Juvenile Probation Officer.. and after reading this Im not sure I picked a good career choice... is it really that hard to get hired....

Depends on where you go, currently because of the recession it is hard but it won't be like that forever. It's a good rewarding choice if you like working with high risk kids who need someone to be there voice. I am a Juvenile Probation Officer and I love it most days.

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nothappyinsd in La Mesa, California

63 months ago

David in San Diego, California said: I do not know why people make it excited to the students that being a law enforcement officer is fun while getting in is as hard as Elephants jumped the tree. I have an AS and BS degrees in Criminal Justice and currently pursuing a Masters Degree in the Same field. I have been looking for a fultime entry position with any criminal justice agency since I started going to school back in 2003; however, I had several interviews in San Diego, but for some reason, the jobs are always offered to someone else. In some agencies where I almost got in, the background check on credit side set me back.
For those who are in this field, learn that the problem is not only to land in an interview, but also there is an intensive background check that will block you down the road. The field needs only those who are free in everything ranging from criminal to credit backgrounds. I agree that politic is much played in this field. To get in is all about who you know.

Not that true, i did not know anybody in Probation and I got hired on with SD Probation. It's all about timing, nowis not the time especially in California.

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BuLLy in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

63 months ago

I am from Luzerne County, Pa and we see the coruption and digusting side of politics here all too very often. I am not a probation officer now, but I am going to school for an associates degree in the field of criminal justice. My opinion, stay out of Pa because it's so backwards here. I will be gone as soon as I am finished with school. Good luck to all who are looking for a job!

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Jamal Cooper in New Haven, Connecticut

58 months ago

I recently graduated from school, with my BS in Criminal Justice, and I've been trying to pursue a career in either the Adult or Juvenile Probation, and I have been having a great deal of difficulty getting and interview! I recently returned back to my home state of connecticut from Maryland, and I applied for the statewide Adult & Juvenile Probation Trainee positions, and didn't have and luck, I also applied in NC, VA, WV, but I haven't had any luck yet, does anybody have any helpful advice for me?

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Zodi in Castle Rock, Colorado

57 months ago

Jamal Cooper in New Haven, Connecticut said: I recently graduated from school, with my BS in Criminal Justice, and I've been trying to pursue a career in either the Adult or Juvenile Probation, and I have been having a great deal of difficulty getting and interview! I recently returned back to my home state of connecticut from Maryland, and I applied for the statewide Adult & Juvenile Probation Trainee positions, and didn't have and luck, I also applied in NC, VA, WV, but I haven't had any luck yet, does anybody have any helpful advice for me?

try kansas...they have all kinds of openings

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G2 in Tucson, Arizona

57 months ago

Sorry to hear about the difficulties some are experiencing finding work in this field. I was hired as a JPO within 8 months of graduating with my Bachelors. No volunteer work, no work experience (outside of work the typical college student does), and I did not know anybody.. My best advice is volunteer/intern with your local Probation departments and work hard, so you WILL know people. Im sure a lot of this has to due with timing, but it isn't that difficult in some counties.

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Sindi Camarena in Walnut Creek, California

56 months ago

I recently graduated June 09. I have no experience what so ever. I want a position in the juvenile probation department. I have 1 interview and was disqualified by the background investigator dont know why. I passed a written test in Contra Costa County but no interview yet. I'm so frustrated thinking I wasted my time in a major that doesn't hire at all. Anybody any suggestions on how to get experience?? I applied for the VIP program but no response yet. I'm willing to do volunteer time but I've applied to numerous agencies and no response...this sucks.

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