Finding work in the Executive Protection Industry

Executive Protection

Finding work in the Executive Protection Industry

Finding work in the executive protection industry can be very competitive. Having executive protection training and experience are assets that would enable you to do your job right. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the nature of the beast is that you are faced with an enormous amount of competitors targeting a very select market. Allow me to give you an example that perhaps will help you see this point from a different perspective.

For the sake of the argument let’s say that you are in a room with two hundred other people the same gender as you and you are all dressed the same way; remember, your physical appearance doesn’t matter and you all possess the same or very similar qualifications, experience, and executive protection training.

From a distance, you all look the same; the question is how you will make the potential employer pick you over everybody else? Sure, you can be the court jester, start jumping around yelling “pick me, pick me.” Realistically that approach will not get you the job, so making a fool out of yourself is not recommended.

What you need is to understand that the niche of executive protection employers you are targeting is specialized and has very specific needs. It’s your job, and yours only to find work. If your idea of executive protection job hunting is that the employer will come and knock on your door while you are in your pajamas at home browsing the internet, tweeting how you spent your night, or playing Farmville games on Facebook, you are severely deceived.

The reality is that it is up to you, and only you to make yourself available, find and utilize resources to get you where you are envisioning yourself to be. There is no genie that will jump out of the oil lamp and will inform you that you have three wishes available at your disposal. In other words, you need a plan.

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Executive Protection Glossary

 

  • Advance- Work conducted before going operational
  • A S T – Advance Security Teams
  • A-Stain- Afghanistan
  • AKA – Also Known As
  • ASAP – As soon as possible
  • Ass Clown – An individual who is foolish in their actions
  • B G – Bodyguard
  • Binned – Kicked out or off a training course
  • Booted and Suited – Dressed in a suit and Tie, ready for work
  • Bug Out – Immediate Client Evacuation
  • CAT – Counter assault team
  • CP – Close Protection
  • CQB – Close Quarter Battle
  • CEO – Chief Executive Officer
  • CI- Combat Indicators
  • Cherry – A new trainee Bodyguard
  • Client – Employer i.e. VIP or Principal
  • Contact – VIP’s safety has been compromised
  • E C S – Electronic Counter Surveillance
  • EPO – Executive Protection Officer
  • EPS- Executive Protection Specialist
  • EPT – Executive Protection Team
  • Fubar – messed up beyond all recognition
  • Ghosts – Undercover Protection Officers
  • I E D – Improvised Explosive Device
  • Insurgents –
  • VBIED- Vehicle Borne Explosive device
  • Murphy’s Law – What can go wrong will go wrong
  • Operational – Working
  • Operational Arena – Location of operation
  • Principal- The individual that you are hired to protect
  • PSD- Personal Security Detachment
  • RC- Route Cards
  • R & R – Rest & Recuperation
  • RV – Rendezvous Point
  • SOP’s – Standard Operating Procedures
  • Spook – Intelligence Officer or operative
  • Stint – An overseas duty
  • TOS- Time on station
  • V I P – Very Important Person
  • Venue- Location of an event where
  • Well- The far most rear position in a vehicle
  • WTA- Written Threat Assessment

 

Gaddafi Bodyguards

 Gaddafi Bodyguards

Gaddafi Bodyguards: Quite a few decades ago, men of the world believed that a woman’s place is in the kitchen. This notion still holds truth to this day for the women in the Islamic world who are not known to be equal to men.

Women’s emancipation has come in an unorthodox away for the country of Libya. No matter how hard it is to believe, there is one leader who selected his executive protection personnel to consist exclusively of women. Muammar Gaddafi Bodyguards are a group of all female, gun toting posse of virgins who take a vow of chastity as soon as they become one of Gaddafi Bodyguards. Some people believe that Gaddafi is a mad man; however there is actually reason to his madness when it comes to his bodyguards.

In 1979 as a dedication to his mother, and the promise he made to her to improve the women’s status in the Muslim world, Gaddafi established an all women elite military academy where one hundred women, handpicked by Gaddafi himself are allowed to attend. These female bodyguards are trained for three years in areas from martial arts, firing artillery, and rocket launchers, to hand to hand combat and communications.

It is worth noting the loyalty that these women exhibit towards Gaddafi, and the fact that they vow to protect him with their own lives. The prime example is the story of Aisha, known as Gaddafi’s favorite female bodyguard, who sacrificed her life by throwing herself on top of Ghadafi to protect him when his motorcade was ambushed by Islamic militants.

Even though when working for Gaddafi one knowingly puts her life in immediate danger, there is prestige associated with this job. It is worth noting that Muammar Gaddafi female bodyguards escort him everywhere he goes (day or night) and they are required to wear lipstick, jewelry, and high heels. Gaddafi Bodyguards follow a training routine similar to the Spartan’s over 4000 years ago; in the 21st century we are witnessing a revolution when it comes to executive protection and Gaddafi’s female bodyguards are an example of how a bodyguard’s profession is not just for men.

Job Interview Tips

An appealing cover letter and a “killer” resume (granted you did spell check on both) will get you the interview call. After the excitement subsides you are thinking of the next step. Here are a few job interview tips to help you maneuver and manipulate your way through to the offer letter.

1)    We have all been active job seekers in the past or present. Some of us are looking for a better opportunity on our own chronological terms (we are currently employed), some of us need to change jobs due to financial or other stresses, and some of us are unemployed.

Those of us in the last two categories will send mass amounts of applications to various companies; the downside to that is that we have not done our homework in advance. What is important is to research the company you are applying for prior to going to your  job interview.

The interviewers will ask you: “what do you know about our company?” The last thing you want to say is “nothing”.  Utilize the internet, ask friends and family or seek out alternative sources of information about the company that you are interested in.

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The Interview

By Bodyguard Careers Staff

An appealing cover letter and a “killer” resume (granted you did spell check on both) will get you the interview call. After the excitement subsides you are thinking of the next step. Here are a few tips to help you maneuver and manipulate your way through to the offer letter.

1) We have all been active job seekers in the past or present. Some of us are looking for a better opportunity on our own chronological terms (we are currently employed), some of us need to change jobs due to financial or other stresses, and some of us are unemployed.

Those of us in the last two categories will send mass amounts of applications to various companies; the downside to that is that we have not done our homework in advance. What is important is to research the company you are applying for prior to going to your interview.

The interviewers will ask you: “what do you know about our company?” The last thing you want to say is “nothing”.  Utilize the internet, ask friends and family or seek out alternative sources of information about the company that you are interested in.

2) To the interviewer’s eyes being ten minutes early translates into being late. You want to make sure you get accurate directions to the location and drive by at least once to familiarize yourself with the area and parking restrictions. No matter how trivial this sounds, it’s always a good idea to have the phone number handy in case of emergency or in case you are running late so you can let your interviewer know ahead of time.

3) Conservative dress code is highly recommended.  Make sure your clothes are cleaned, pressed, tear, stains and rips free. Personal hygiene and grooming are important, but wearing perfumes or cologne is not recommended due to certain people’s sensitivities.

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