If think being an investigator may be a good fit for you, more likely than not, you’re trying to decide what to do next. Knowledge is power, so we have developed this list of information to consider in your exploration:
- Understand what goes into an EEO investigation. EEOC’s Management Directive 110, Chapter 6 is a great place to start: MD-110, Chapter 6
- Are you interested in a Federal position or subcontracting:
- If you’re interested in subcontracting, research firms who offer these services to identify the best fit for you and explore their requirements.
- If considering a Federal EEO investigator position, research which agencies hiring full time investigators. Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are three agencies with full-time investigators. You can research current vacancies at https://www.usajobs.gov
- You’ll need to be certified as an EEO investigator. There are a lot of options out there – both classroom and online. We have an online course that meets certification requirements. To find out more, go to http://www.artofresolution.com/wp/?p=92047
- Update your resume. Be creative! Think about your experience and how it fits into the knowledge, skills or abilities that are applicable to investigating (for example, writing skills, analytical ability, time management skills).
- There is no getting around experience. It is a challenge common to anyone who transitions career fields. It can be a difficult obstacle to overcome, as most jobs require experience, but you can’t get the experience without the job. As described above, research the level of experience required. If you take training, find out if the firm offers any subcontracting work. At times, we consider tentative subcontracting relationships for individuals with experience in related fields and who excel in our training. This involves continued coaching throughout the first few cases. We only engage relationships with those top performers in the class and when we have the available time needed to commit to a trainee.
We hope you find these pointers helpful. We know from our extensive experience in this field that individuals who thoughtfully research their options; choose a quality investigator certification training course; and continue to enhance their investigative skills can quickly achieve the rewards of being a certified EEO investigator.