1. Poor Training
Are you are poorly trained? Did you choose the wrong bodyguard training company? Take care when choosing the company that you train with, some have better reputations than others. Speak to employers. Who would they prefer that you were trained by?
2. Your CV is Poor
Think about revisiting your CV, it should be designed solely to open doors of opportunity. It is not an application form and nor is it your autobiography. Focus not on what you have done, rather on what you can offer the employer now!
3. Employers don’t get past your covering letter
If your covering letter is poor, or non-existent, this will affect your ability to gain employment. The cover letter is the first thing that the recruiters see. It is your proxy introduction. The cover letter should never be a stock letter. Each one should be personalised to the recipient. Take a look at the letters you send out, what do they say about you?
4. You are speaking to the wrong people
You are sending your CV to the wrong companies or individuals. Do your due diligence. Are they recruiting? Are they even in the business? Do you fit the bill? I advertised for some staff quite recently, the advert stipulated that applicants must be able to speak French. Predictably I still got countless CVs from those who could not speak French. Some even started their covering letter with the words “I don’t speak French but…”
5. You are not following up
Once your CV is out, do not just sit there and wait for the call. Be pro-active and chase that work. Never send a CV out without following it up with a call, or at least an email to ensure that it was received. Whether they got your CV or not; try and get an interview. There is a fine line between persistence and pestering. Be consistent with your follow-ups but don’t do it so often that you become a pest. That will be counter-productive.
6.You only have basic training
If your CV shows that you are only trained in the basics, then do not waste time whilst unemployed. Use this down time wisely. Look for some complimentary training courses that might make you appear more of an attractive proposition to employer. Courses like surveillance, surveillance detection, fire-fighting or learning another language will greatly assist you in your search for employment.
7. You are not networking
You must put yourself about, let everyone know who you are and what you do, never miss an opportunity to hand out a business card. The more potential employers that know you, that know you are ready to work, the better.
8. You are too narrow-minded
It is rare that close protection officers are always working. Think about adding a string to your bow, such a surveillance or event security. You might scoff at the idea of doing these menial security tasks but they always afford a good opportunity to network. Try to think outside the box, who could you write to let them know that you are available for work? Who hasn’t seen a copy of your CV yet? Write direct to individuals such as industry leaders, the rich and famous or their managers. They can only say no or they might ignore you altogether, but what if they say yes!
9. There is no work
Close protection is a popular occupation and sometimes there just isn’t enough work to go around. Even the very best close protection officers can go without working sometimes. We all like too rest a bit between jobs but do not get used to big gaps between them. Be proactive and whenever possible start looking for new contracts before the last one finishes.
10. You’ve given Up
Plenty of people give up this career before they even start, close protection can be a difficult business to get into, especially in the early days of a new career. One thing is certain, those that are tenacious and determined to succeed are the ones that do. If this is the career you want, do not give up.