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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A 911 for 911

For people out there looking for a challenge, the sheriff departments in Monmouth and Ocean counties have a job for you: 911 operator. Each county has five positions open for call takers and dispatchers. Yes, it's a stressful job often dealing with life-threatening situations. And yes, it's undoubtedly undervalued with the starting salary of $30,000 in Monmouth and $27,500 in Ocean. And you even have to pay for a textbook for the six weeks of classroom training and another six weeks of on-the-job training.

But consider the benefits. You'd be accredited to do the job anywhere. If you spend any time at the job, you'd have a strong line on your resume that proves you can work under pressure. Most importantly, you'd be making a difference in the community. Not every job can offer that.

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