Hello everyone; I would first like to say that I have learned a wealth of knowledge from this forum in regards to the CSI/forensics field. I possess an A.S. in Law Enforcement, a B.A. in Criminal Justice, with specialization in Criminalistics, and have one class left for an M.S. in Criminal Justice, with specialization in Forensic Science. My anticipated graduation is August 2012. My GPAs are 3.84, 3.9, and 4.0, respectively. I plan on completing the at-home forensics course through the American Institute of Applied Science while I am waiting for my final graduate class to start. I am determined to start my career in this fascinating field, but I need some help. To date, I have applied for over 250 positions in the crime scene field, have taken a few tests, have gone to some interviews, and still have no luck. I have no experience in crime scene, and I know that is hurting me. However, I'm sending out a background packet tomorrow and will have another interview in the near future. I have read some posts regarding the interview process and honestly, I am not good at interviews but I am working on it. I am wondering if anyone out there in the crime scene/forensics field can give me some advice as to how to stick out the most to the panel interviewers. I've worked in the security field for over 5 years, I have great references and job history, but no relevant experience and I need something. I apologize for the lengthy message, but I greatly appreciate any help you can offer. Thank you, and have a great day.
That is my problem too. In May I will have a BTECH in Criminal Investigations. I went to school to learn how to be a Crime Scene Tech, but no one will hire me because I have no field experience. It's tough to get into. The best advice I was given was to look and apply to jobs with a minimum experience of 5 years. Eventually they won't have anyone with experience anymore and they will have to choose based upon education strictly. Good luck to you, and I hope your search ends well.
Thanks for the reply Liz. I figured it would be difficult, but I certainly didn't think it would be more than 3 years. I know that education isn't everything, but I've been turned down for jobs that require a HS diploma and 6 months experience. I'm one class away from a Master's, but my 6 years of education doesn't substitute for that 6 months. It's frustrating, but we cannot give up. Thanks again, and good luck to you as well.