I want to preface this post by stating that the following information is based on my opinion and conversations in the industry. Each of you might have a different experience and opportunities you're trying to explore.
I first want to make a clear statement. Companies only hire people for one reason. The Company has a problem to solve!
When a company has identified a problem, they now need to find a solution to that problem. Often in the security industry, the problem is a staffing issue. Not enough guards for a specific property, or not enough guards with a flexible schedule to work evenings and nights.
Other problems could be leadership, teaching, and so forth. As you start your process towards overcoming your next hurdle. You should do an inventory of your skillset.
· What education and training do you have?
· What availability can you help with?
· What experience do you bring with you?
Suppose you are just entering the security industry. In that case, it could be as simple as having a license and a flexible schedule of availability. Once you have your foundation in place, the next step is to identify other problems to solve.
This could be as reasonable as First Aid Training and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training.
First Aid helps to identify emergencies and how to respond to them. If you can do this effectively, then you can help reduce the severity of the impact. The, in turn, reduces the liability to the client or employer.
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention can help with dealing with high-level emotions and people in crisis. This is a different measurement of risk, yet, can have a substantial impact on mitigation as all security roles have aspects of working with people. You may encounter people that require Suicide intervention, Shock during Crowd Control events, Individuals under the influence of drugs and unmedicated mental illness, and so much more.
Some tips to help you
As you look at job postings, either within your current employer or within the industry. Focus more on the responsibility of the role and less on the pay and title. This might seem odd at first but let me explain.
A company will most only pay you more or offer you advancement once they are confident you can solve the problems they are facing. Focus on the role and responsibilities and build up your education end experience to solve these issues. Then you will appear to be more confident and competent during interviews, and companies are more likely to extend your opportunities.
If you are with a company you enjoy, after each course or workshop, you take, try and ask for more responsibility in regards to what you have just learned. This can help you support your education with experience. A company is more likely to give you more responsibility than money. That value of responsibility is that it becomes an experience, and you can take the experience with you anywhere. If all you ask for is money, at some point, a company will stop giving you more, and you can no longer solve more problems.
Build a small 3 month, 6 months and 12-month plan. Identify minor problems that be easily solved with miniature courses and workshops. Invest in yourself; if you pay for your own education and equipment, a company is more likely to meet you halfway.
Once you completed your course, ask for opportunities to apply the topics and skills learned. Once you feel you can measurably be successful with what you have just learned, then repeat the process again with the next issue.
Success and Opportunity will follow.