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Whats your cover story?

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    Registered Users Posts: 83 ✭✭✭ Alfie12345


    For people who are joining or have joined the PSNI, I thought I would start this thread to see what the best "cover story" job that you tell people that you do is


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  • Im currently in the middle of the application process for the PSNI but unsure what to tell people what job im applying for (dont want to tell them the truth), has anyone got any ideas for what to tell people?

    Ive heard the civil service before but i think its best you tell people its a job that you have at least a little knowledge about. Any ideas?




  • I would use something that I have knowledge within, for example if I worked previous in the scientific sector then I would continue that background on. It means if you ever get asked what you do, you can talk a little about it. Using the 'civil service' card will always open up to the question of "where in the civil service" as when I worked in it that was always the question of the back of that reply.

    Neighbours will be harder as it is very difficult to disguise your shifts and the clothes you leave for work in etc (obviously not your uniform, but if you have spent the last 5 years going to work in a suit to then in casual clothes with a backpack)




  • can i ask a stupid question? just because the process is very foreign me

    are you advised to keep it a secret?




  • I am going to go with "Bovine Proctologist". Hopefully, they will just look at me strangely and move on. And they probably won't want to shake hands either :):)




  • Yeah ill have yo get thinking D4z. A friend of mine used to say that he working for a shipping company that dealt with international markets so that explained his odd shift hours because he had to go into the office to deal with offices all over the world with different time zones.

    Yes livedadream you are advised to keep it to yourself for security


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  • I personally think the civil service example is not a great idea for two reasons.
    Firstly it kind of is almost code for 'none of your business'. Even before this if someone said they worked in the civil service I always assumed it was something else and more than likely security forces related.

    And secondly it is widely known that the civil service are in general cutting jobs not taking on. That could lead to more questions.

    Why tell anyone your applying? Only my wife and parents know I'm applying and only told my parents recently.

    There's not much hiding you can do from neighbours, people aren't that stupid. If that's going to be an issue it might be worth considering a move.




  • Great point by D4z, something you have experience is ideal to deal with the incoming follow up questions. Such a shame that we can't be proud of our role and tell people without fear of reprucussion. NI isn't your typical country tho and it's just the way of things.

    Agree with civil service answer tho, tends to be the generic response likely to evoke suspicion more than anything.




  • Just tell someone your working with a family member in the office in their own business. .. no one will know them or have any knowledge of it.




  • Homer01 wrote: »
    I personally think the civil service example is not a great idea for two reasons.
    Firstly it kind of is almost code for 'none of your business'. Even before this if someone said they worked in the civil service I always assumed it was something else and more than likely security forces related.

    And secondly it is widely known that the civil service are in general cutting jobs not taking on. That could lead to more questions.

    Why tell anyone your applying? Only my wife and parents know I'm applying and only told my parents recently.

    There's not much hiding you can do from neighbours, people aren't that stupid. If that's going to be an issue it might be worth considering a move.

    What do you plan on telling your friends or your current co-workers that you are leaving for once they get the whole recruiment freeze sorted out?




  • I'm not applying, but if I were I'd have to go with 'international man of mystery'.

    Grrroooooovy baby!


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  • Alfie12345 wrote: »
    What do you plan on telling your friends or your current co-workers that you are leaving for once they get the whole recruiment freeze sorted out?

    I work with a relatively small team and know them all pretty well. I think I'd be honest with them. Same with close friends.

    Anyone else I would say I've gone back to my previous job. It was obscure enough to hold off any questions lol.

    However, I don't particularly live in or near an anti police area. I can see how discretion would be essential for those in such communities.

    I do like the suggestion of working with family in their own business :)




  • can i ask a stupid question? just because the process is very foreign me

    are you advised to keep it a secret?

    The terrorist threat is still very real be under no illussions people will want to kill you!




  • can i ask a stupid question? just because the process is very foreign me

    are you advised to keep it a secret?

    Take a read of the sticky threads especially this one. FYI Shield is a moderator on here but also a serving PSNI officer.

    http://touch.boards.ie/thread/2057501904/1/#post97221789


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