How To Get Work in Close Protection Industry?
Struggling to get work? You are not alone?
Michael Walker shares some hints and tips that helped him over the last few years.
Struggling to find work? This is all to familiar to new Close Protection (CP) graduates who after completing a CP course full of expectations and promises find nothing materialises.
One of the main causes for this feeling is that some training providers don’t really paint a realistic picture of the industry,and for obvious reasons. They are in the business of selling courses. If they told the harsh truth then you probably would walk away. Employ-ability can in part depend on who you did your course with.
Some companies have an operational arm to their company. So there is a chance you may get work, though nothing is a guaranteed, it does at least offer a chance of getting a foot in the door. It would be wise to see what other past students have gained after doing a course and be critical of those roles. Some jobs are not really CP. Roles described as residential security team (RST) are in fact static guarding. Other roles described CP could be book signings where you have no direct responsibility to the author apart from crowd management.
A common mistake is to flood as many companies as possible with your CV. Most companies are getting flooded with CV’s on a daily basis, (some mention around 200 a day). Using CV writing companies might not be the best path. So many people use them that there is a high chance yours will look the same as everyone else. Remember a CV is it is a personal statement about you – its’s not a generic document
Most jobs are passed between people that you have worked with before so it makes more sense to grab any work going and network with other team members to get the next opportunity. What may seem like a boring dead end job could end up providing you with a good amount of work later. This is something that happened to me. A 5 day, £10 per hour job got me around £14,000 worth of work with a very good employer. That was in the past year alone. It pays to do every job well as you never know where it will lead. Working this way earned me £37,000 over the last two years. I have never in that time sent out a CV to a company looking for work. It isn’t what but who you know that counts in in this industry.
That figure above is with having a fair amount of time off including the Olympic period so I could enjoy the event properly, trips abroad to see friends and a proper Christmas break. I could have earned more if I applied myself more.
What I will say is be prepared to be flexible and available. The majority of my earnings have come from work outside of CP tasks but it was working with some of those people that opened up opportunities in areas I had not previously thought about.