Originally Posted by TacoTabe
X2- stay anonymous online. And dont post stupid shit/pictures on your facebook.
Another thing- when you start applying to different PD's make sure all your app's have the same info. And if you disclose something on one app (drug use, childhood stupidity, etc.), make sure you disclose it on ALL apps.
^^^ great point, you have to try to be as consistent as possible. I was fortunate enough to only apply for one agency and get in, but many of my buddies applied to several places. Be consistent in your alibies (truths). In terms of finding a second job for "play money" be careful, drinking or playing around doing stupid shit will get you kicked out fast. At least it my dept they didn't tolerate it, but then again our academy was kinda over the top in some aspects, everyone got paid to be in the academy, and we had to sign paperwork saying it was our full time job. It wasn't great pay, but it was enough to feed us, house us, and continue the academy. I'm glad it was that way, it kept me outta trouble.
Good luck, and so long as you don't have anything real fishy in your past, you should be fine. And even if you don't have anything fishy, sometimes it takes a few apps to get in, so don't be discouraged if your first app doesn't get you in right away, it's a great job and everyone knows that so there's plenty of qualified applicants to choose from.
In the meantime keep that PT/spirit up and the Facebook down.