Global Media Risk constantly receive emails and messages from people asking for advice on how to land a role within the private security industry, primarily pertaining to high threat regions.
This post is for those wishing to break into the industry. I will give you a brief background on the current state of the industry and also tips on how to give yourself the best chance of landing a role.
First the bad news. The security industry is flooded with prospective applicants and job chasers like yourself. Recruiters receive on average 2000 applications for every single PSD role they list as vacant. That is 1999 applicants on average up against you and most of those will have private security experience already. Not the most ideal odds.
The days for anyone and everyone with a penchant for guns landing a role in Iraq or Afghanistan are long gone. The industry is heavily regulated and minimum standards are now quite high. Most PSD roles require the applicant to have first aid skills such as FPOS-I or EMT-B, an internationally recognised PSD qualification, a minimum of 1-2 years previous private security experience within the country you are applying for, ex-military with an honourable discharge and pass a vigorous background check.
Even if you have all of these pre-requisites and you are a levitating back flipping ninja-esque Jedi Jason Bourne type, often that is not enough. Most companies fill positions from within the company or by recommendations from currently employed staff who recommend their friends.
So what can you do in light of all of these obstacles? Be prepared to work your ass off!
Below I will list steps you need to take to maximise your likelihood of landing the gig you want.
Like anything in life, if you want it badly enough you will get there. Ignore the naysayers and light a fire within yourself because your day will come if you work hard enough.
Keep your heads down