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JJD

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i am a retired police officer in NJ and I am looking for a person to train under. Can someone point me in the right direction of where I can find someone to work under ? I am in the process of taking the classes but will need to get my hours in. Can anyone offer me help ? Thank you.
 

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JJD

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When I switched offices, I picked up the phone and just started calling appraisers in the area. Told them who I was and that I was looking for a supervising agent.
 

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If it's any encouragement to you, I worked as a cop for a few years prior to getting into this line of work and found the transition pretty straightforward. You already know how to write in a clear and structured manner, you can already diagram what you see, you can already read maps and navigate on the fly, and you already understand that knowledge is power and that whoever understands the rules of the game in play best is the one who wins. All the elements of the definition have to be present before the definition fits.

You're already accustomed to people lying to you for profit of gain on a daily basis. You already know how to wear the face so they can't tell what you're thinking, to withhold judgment or opinions until you get a handle on both sides of the story - and you're a trained observer who knows better that to get personally invested in anyone's story. Sgt Joe Friday is my hero. "Please restrain yourself madam, and just give me the facts"

Piece of cake, if you can land that first job.
 
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i am a retired police officer in NJ and I am looking for a person to train under. Can someone point me in the right direction of where I can find someone to work under ? I am in the process of taking the classes but will need to get my hours in. Can anyone offer me help ? Thank you.
In your previous job you did research and appraisers do research.

The most important research you can to for you new potential job is what kind of work you want to do.

I am guessing that New Jersey has an over-supply of appraisers right now. There are residential appraisers who only do AMC work. Have you researched the AMC business model?

There are residential appraisers who don't rely as much on AMCs.

There are appraisers who work as staff for large shops or AMCs.

There are people who have commercial licenses who do ONLY commercial work and there are people who have commercial licenses who do both commercial and residential.

There are many different educators in this profession, some not nearly as good as others.

If I were looking to get into this profession, knowing what I know right now I would do the following:

-I would avoid, at all costs, AMC work,
-I would take all my classes from the Appraisal Institute,
-I would be very leery of anyone wanting to hire me as a trainee as it is my opinion (personal) that most appraisers hiring trainees right now are the exact people you DON'T want to work for.

If I were looking to hire a trainee I would:

-Insist on AI education,
-I would be looking for a person to make a long term commitment of at least five years as it costs money to train an appraiser,
-I would insist the person pursues the commercial license.
 
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