DEAR ABBY: I worked in an entertainment establishment for about 16 years. Finally I grew tired of it. I knew I was not getting anywhere in life, so I decided to go back to school and pursue a career in law enforcement. I completed my courses recently, and would like to become a cop or a court officer.
My concern is, what if they find out about my career choice in the past? It could be personally embarrassing and might even cause me to lose my job. Should I come out and put on my resume what I did for 16 years of my life? -- LATE BLOOMER IN CANADA
DEAR LATE BLOOMER: You appear to be an intelligent and forward-thinking woman. Please do not attempt to lie about your past. I cannot imagine any law enforcement agency that would not do a background check before hiring an applicant -- and the truth would come out anyway. To my way of thinking, because of your background, you could be a unique asset to a police department. Let's hope whoever's hiring sees it my way.
P.S. Clip this item and include it with your job application. I hope it helps.