Resume Tips or Strategies:
- Include a skills section where you can list your knowledge of different software and programs.
- Include your master’s thesis under education.
- Include any certifications.
Career Resources for MS Investigations:
Salary and job outlook information
|Private Detectives and Investigators
|Police and Detectives
||+4% (slower than average)
|Forensic Science Technicians
||+27% (faster than average)
- Tell us about a time when you had to maintain confidentiality. How did you do this?
- Through your work, you find out that your cousin’s wife, Fatou has been raped. Your cousin knows you know something about Fatou, and comes to you for help. He says that Fatou hasn’t been feeling well, but he doesn’t know what’s wrong. He is very upset and asks you to tell him anything you know about Fatou so he can help her. What do you do? Why?
- You find out that an Animator is accepting money from people who want to be beneficiaries of your program. What do you do? Is it a violation of confidentiality if you tell someone?
- You notice that a co-worker has taken money from her grant group and used it for herself. She begs you not to tell anyone and promises to replace the money next week after she gets her paycheck. She really needs money this week because her baby is sick. What do you do?
- Tell us what you know about gender violence. What is it? Whose responsibility is it? What should be done with survivors of gender violence.
- Be prepared for a lengthy interview process.
Financial Crime Investigations
- Be prepared to be asked about the definitions of money laundering, fraud, etc.
- Be prepared to be asked about how to investigate financial crimes, what to look for, how to prosecute.
Forensic Computer Investigations
- Think of appearance, and not just what you wear, for example, if you have long fingernails a potential employer may see them and think “how will you wear latex gloves?”
- If you are interested in investigating financial crimes, make sure you have a decent background in math or accounting.
- Read up on the field; Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, Crime Scene and Evidence Photography, etc are good books to help you gain knowledge of the field.
- Be prepared to wait a while before hearing back, it can take 8 months to do a background check.
- Try to gain experience by working as a police officer before applying to more advanced positions in the federal government.
- Continuously check USAjobs.gov for open positions and internships.
- If interested in financial crimes, think about working at a local financial institution while earning your degree to gain hands on experience.
- If interested in cybercrimes, think about working at a local technology store/firm to gain hands on experience (“geek squad” may help you learn how to work on computers).
- Volunteer/intern at local court houses, police departments, etc to gain experience in the field.
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