7 Reasons Working In The Same Office As Your Best Friend Is The Only way To Work

7 Reasons Working In The Same Office As Your Best Friend Is The Only way To Work

It's like a nonstop version of "The Office," minus Jim, sadly.

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Traditionally, your co-workers become your best friend. But what happens when your best friend becomes your co-worker? It's a hilarious, unproductive, adventure that you will cherish every day. Well, your co-workers may not cherish it since you can't stop laughing at each other's text messages.

My best friend started working in my office six months ago and while we are in different departments, her joining my work life has been one of the biggest blessings I could ask for. If your best friend is about to convert from your friend life to your professional life, don't fret.

You'll have your good days and bad days in the office, but your bestie will be there through it all. You'll have moments where you'll scream across the office,"Take a deep breath and shove some chocolate in your mouth." or "Let's not quit our jobs today."

But most importantly... you'll experience the following things once you start to work together.

1. You text each other what you're going to wear to make sure you're both on the same level of business-causal.

Katryna Eastwood

Katryna Eastwood

"Do you like this scarf or should I wear a grey scarf instead?"

"Is the eyeshadow too much?"

"Should I put my hair up or just leave it like this?

"If Chris Pratt just walked into the office, would he fall in love me with this outfit or just go meh?"

2. You constantly check up on each other when you're not in the office to make sure you aren't missing anything important (or interesting).

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You'll never be uninformed during a sick day since your besties got your back. You're also updated on any office drama, even if the drama is "The person who sits next to you lost their pencil and everyone is trying to find it."

3. You know each other's coffee order so early morning coffee surprises are common and much appreciated.

Katryna Eastwood

Katryna Eastwood

"Here. An iced cinnamon coffee with almond milk. Happy Monday."

Bonus points if you get a scone, too.

4. Sometimes when office life gets a little dull, your bestie will mix it up a bit. And this happens so much that nothing seems strange anymore.

Katryna Eastwood

Katryna Eastwood

And yes, they did get cheesecake for everyone because they were craving it. And yes, they did come back to the office and eat it. And yes, they did enjoy it.

5. You leave each other cute (and sometimes random) notes when you're not there.

Katryna Eastwood

Katryna Eastwood

These notes are typically on sticky notes so you can show off your best friendness for all who are curious of your best friendness.

6. You spend 99.5% of your lunch breaks together

Lily Cooper

Lily Cooper

The .5% is when the other is not there or if there's a random lunch meeting.

7. And since you literally spend so much time together and can't get enough of each other for some reason, you do things after work together, too.

Katryna Eastwood

Katryna Eastwood

Even if it's something hard like a workout class. You gotta keep your bestie on track for her fitness goals. You never know when Chris Pratt is going to walk into the office. And then you'll really regret missing that 5 p.m. yoga class.

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Becoming A Police Officer Is More Work Than Anyone Thinks

It's not all speeding cop cars and locking up the bad guys.
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In the society we reside in, it is assumed that people who pursue a career in law enforcement are of a "certain breed."

With there being so many opinions so publicly announced, one would also assume that there is probably some research is done or that the people with such negative opinions may have met a cop or two. Is this the case? Probably not even half of the time. So just to fill you in, there is a lengthy process which a person must go through in order to become an officer.

First? Obviously, you submit an application. The application can be anywhere from three to ten pages long, and will usually ask you for your educational experiences, all of the places you have lived, as well as your driver's license information. The background check agencies perform is very thorough, and even if you think you have hidden something or gotten rid of any legal matter, it is sure to show up in their investigation. After the background check is performed, it can go a few ways: there can be a phone or in-person interview, the physical fitness test, or a meeting to get copies of your legal documents. (I.E. birth certificate, driver's license, social, etc) Each agency will have their own standards you have to meet in order to move along with their process. The hardest thing, usually, is to pass the physical fitness test. Those also vary depending on the department you are trying to join. After the test was when I turned in my documentation, and then went in for a panel interview. A panel interview is about 3-6 people from the department, depending on the size of the department, who can ask you questions about your application as well as scenarios and circumstances that you may have to be exposed to during your job; you can find similar interviews and questions online to prepare, but the interview itself was a little nerve-wracking in itself due to the fact that it is usually officers from all levels of the chain of command.

After the panel interview, there will be more tests; these, however, are to determine if you are fit for the job you are applying for. Again, depending on the department will depend on the test(s). There will be a psychological exam, to make sure you have nothing mentally that could hinder you or affect others negatively in this line of work; I have also heard of them doing a polygraph test in order to make sure that you are trustworthy and are not lying about anything in your application. You also have to pass a physical exam from a physician, and the department has to make sure there are no hinderances for you physically, this way you can perform the duties required of you. This process in total can take a month or two if rushed, but will usually take about six months. And even then, there is still more to the process.

If you are not a mandated officer already, you will have to pass the police academy in order to become mandated. The department you are with will sign you up, but the classes only start every month or so, and you may end up waiting another few months before actually attending the academy. Once in the academy, you take a variety of classes and tests in which you much pass in order to become mandated; here is where you will learn to fire your weapon and drive the vehicles, as well as learn the laws/codes pertaining to your jurisdiction and state. The length of the academy also varies depending on the academy, but I've usually seen it be around eleven or twelve weeks. Even after passing the academy, you still have to pass your field training with the officers from your department, and then you are on probation within your department.

There is a very long process a person must go through to become an officer; yes, there are the chances that someone can get through that has a biased way of looking at things, but let me throw some statistics at you. There is over one million law enforcement personnel, both sworn and unsworn, according to the 2012 UCR. It is 2018 now, and the numbers have steadily increased over the previous twenty years, so we can only assume that there are even more now.

If we assume that there are 100 corrupt cops in a year, or corrupt interactions, then those numbers are pretty good comparing to the amount of law enforcement we have; of course, there is room for improvement and in a perfect world we would have no corruption, however, they should be only held to the same standard as the others of which are government employees. So the next time you see someone giving their opinion on how "slack" the agencies are when choosing their officers, send 'em my way so I can educate them on how the process works.

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10 Tips To Have A Successful Interview

It can be nerve wracking to plan for, but these tips will ensure a successful interview.

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At this point in our lives, we have a ton going on. Between planning for furthering our education, and potential career options, we are constantly thinking about what's next. Before you can further your future, you need to first have an interview with wherever you are headed. Whether it's continuing your education, an internship, or a job interview, there are ways to nail it and come out feeling good about yourself.

1. Dress for success

This is cliché, and everyone has heard this a million and one times. But, I'm going to tell you again. Dress like you want the part. You should never roll up to a job interview in jeans, sweats, leggings, sweatshirts, ratty T-shirts, or anything of that nature. An ideal outfit would be something business casual. Dress pants and a nice shirt. Make yourself look presentable.

Seeing you walk in wearing whatever you decide to wear to this interview is their first impression of you, and you want it to be a good one. This just shows them that you take this seriously, you take your appearance to the general public seriously, and that you want an opportunity at employment or education with them.

2. Arrive with time to spare

Always try to get there a few minutes early. At least 10 minutes early. Plan accordingly. Leave with plenty of time to spare in case of traffic or an incident. This is another way to show who you are interviewing with that you are taking this seriously and want to be there. If you show up late, you'll give them the impression that you didn't really care and that you wouldn't be able to show up to work or class on time.

3. Prepare for questions that you may be asked

Why do you want a job here? What benefits would you get out of an internship with us? What kind of hours are you looking for? These are some general questions, but I can almost guarantee you will be asked them. Prepare for these questions so when you're in the interview you aren't making stuff up on the fly.

4. Research the facility you are interviewing with

Know who you are interviewing with. What their goals are and their expectations. Make sure this is somewhere you feel comfortable spending a good chunk of your time. Make sure it's a field you're interested in. These are things you need to look into, because if you get the job or the internship, and you start your work only to find out it's not what you wanted, it's not going to be enjoyable for you.

5. Be calm

When speaking with the interviewer, you're probably going to be nervous. Just try to keep your cool, and keep calm. Make eye contact with the interviewer, it makes you look engaged in the conversation. Do not fidget with your hands or other objects surrounding you. Make sure you are actively listening to the interviewer, as long as you keep calm and focused, it should go smoothly.

6. Ask lots of questions

This is another, get to know the interviewer before you end up somewhere you're not going to like. Ask what the work atmosphere is like, what kinds of tasks you'll be doing. The interviewer wants to hear your questions, because it shows you have done your research about the facility.

7. Body language is important

Remember to watch your body language. Show the interviewer that you are engaged in the conversation and that you are listening. With that being said, don't fidget and don't slouch. Sit up straight, make eye contact, nod, and actively listen to what they are saying to you.

8. Thank the interviewer

Make sure to thank them for their time. Regardless of if you get the position or not, they did see a potential in you. They took the time out of their day to get to know you with the possiblity of letting you join their facility, as an intern, employer, whatever the case may be. So just make sure to thank them, in person, by email, or postal mail. It'll go a long way.

9. Follow up with them after

After the interview, maybe a few days after, just give them a call. I've done this many times, and the employers actually really like to hear from you. They like to know that you are interested in their facility. This is such a great way to show that you want to be there.

10. Be yourself

When you go to your interview, don't try to be someone you're not. Just be yourself and go with the flow. If you don't get the internship or job, they probably just didn't see a fit, but there's plenty of other places to look into. It's better knowing that it's not a good fit before getting hired anyways, again so you don't end up somewhere you'll end up disliking. Regardless, with these tips you are bound to have a successful interview.

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