Fast Start Guide to Finding Bodyguard Employment in 2013

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Type of Bodyguard Job

To improve your chances of finding bodyguard employment you have to know what type of bodyguard job you are looking for firmly in mind. Bodyguard work falls into two broad categories executive protection; where you will be guarding CEOs, senior executives and key corporate employees of large multi-national corporations and entertainment protection; where you will be guarding Hollywood stars, sports legends, musical icons and entertainers. Choose what type for bodyguard employment you want based on your talents and ambitions.

Finding Bodyguard

Job Openings This is the hardest part of finding bodyguard employment because 80 percent of the openings come by word-of-mouth and the ones that are advertised on the internet are swamped with applicants.  You need to use all available official and unofficial sources of information. Official sources include announcements appearing on executive protection and bodyguard groups and forums, announcements appearing on paid to join and bodyguard employment sites and jobs in major newspapers and industry journals. Unofficial sources include EP instructors from your academy and other bodyguards whom you have a relationship, this is the reason you need to get the word out that you are looking for bodyguard employment.

The Job Search

Do not send your résumé out to every multi-national corporation, agent or management firm of Hollywood stars, sports celebrities, musical or entertainers personalities. You do not want to waste your time or damage your own credibility by looking anxious. You need to narrow your job search.  This is where professional networking comes in on Facebook and LinkedIn; by asking friends and connections about possible job openings which they may know of. Never use the direct approach and ask someone you don’t know well for a job. You will appear desperate, amateurish and loss integrity.

Cover Letters, Résumés & Applications

Once you have found several bodyguard positions that you would like to apply for, you want your résumé and application to stand out so that you will be invited for a job interview. In today’s competitive bodyguard job market all job openings will be flooded by applicants (qualified and unqualified) and your cover letter, résumé and application will be one of thousands that must be must scrutinize by the employer.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to bodyguard cover letters, résumés and applications:  1) Keep them brief and accurate, 2) Write them with great care; free of grammar and spelling mistakes, 3) Restrict the cover letter and résumé to one page only, 4) The cover letter should be addressed to the director of human resources, with the proper spelling of the person’s name, 5) If you address your cover letter “to whom it may concern” your cover letter, résumé and application will be placed in File-13, commonly known as the trash can, and 6) When filling out the job application make sure you specify the position for which you are applying or you may find yourself being interviewed for employment as a janitor.

The Bodyguard Interview

Your cover letter, résumé and application were impeccable and your bodyguard skills and experience were fantastic in the eyes of the potential employer, congratulations you’ve got a job interview. This is the time to make a great face-to-face impression and score the bodyguard job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to bodyguard interview: 1) Dress professionally; keeping with the customs of the bodyguard job you are applying for.

Corporate bodyguard positions calls for formal attire, Hollywood, sports, musical and entertainment bodyguard positions are less formal but being dressed neat and professional is a must, 2) The interview will usually last about an hour so be ready to talk intelligently about your background and current bodyguard experience level, 3) During the interview you must have a pre-game plan, those who wing it leave their success to luck. Instead divide your background and current bodyguard experience level into several clear and concise sections and give an overview of the talk at the beginning, 4) Do not talk too much, be brief and accurate. It’s better to talk slightly too little than to talk too much, 5) When the interview is over restate your desire for the position and thank the interviewer, and 6) Don’t forget to send a hand written thank you card to the interviewer.

Receiving a Tentative Bodyguard Job Offer

Your job interview went faultlessly and the employer feels that you are the right person for the job, congratulations you’ve gotten a job offer. However, before making a hasty decision about accepting the bodyguard position you need to acquire more information. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to accepting a bodyguard job offer: 1) Find out as much information about the bodyguard position as possible such as salary, work hours, holidays, medical insurance and other perks, 2) If you are not pleased with some features of the bodyguard job offer, attempt to negotiate better terms, and 3) Once you have negotiated better terms for yourself get them in writing before you accept the offer. I wish you much success in the bodyguard in 2013 and beyond. Keep safe and God speed.

About Doc Rogers: He is the author of best seller Corporate Executive Protection – A Manual for Inspiring Corporate Bodyguards and the newly released eBook entitled How To Become An Executive Protection Specialist http://www.amazon.com/Become-Executive-Protection-Specialist-ebook/dp/B00AAIFW32   Doc is president and CEO of International Corporate Executive Protection Ltd., has earned a Ph.D. in Security Administration from Southwest University, is a Certified Protection Specialist from Executive Security International, a decorated former veteran police officer and is SE Asia’s leading expert on executive protection and corporate security.

 

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George Zimmerman Sued for not Paying Bodyguard Services

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George Zimmerman Sued

George Zimmerman Sued! A bodyguard company has filed a lawsuit against George Zimmerman, his wife and attorney claiming that they owe more than $27,000 for bodyguard services.

Associated Investigative Services filed the lawsuit in Orange County Circuit Court on Friday against Zimmerman, who is awaiting trial on second-degree murder charges in relation to the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

The civil complaint, which is also against his wife and attorney Mark O’Mara, claims O’Mara hired the bodyguard company in June to provide bodyguard services for the Zimmerman family but promised payments stopped after an independent trustee took over Zimmerman’s defense fund.

The company provided a bodyguard detail for Zimmerman’s second bond hearing on June 29, according to the complaint, and the arrangement stepped up into ‘nearly constant’ watch on Zimmerman’s family.

But AIS alleges payments stopped soon after an independent trustee took over the defense fund, the Orlando Sentinel has reported. The bodyguard company says O’Mara told Zimmerman and the trustee wanted to ‘clamp down’ on the defense fund because it was running low. The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, among other claims, and requests a monetary judgment of $27,027.08.

O’Mara told the Orlando Sentinel he was surprised the suit had been filed. He said ‘We’ve paid them over $40,000′ He said the company no longer provided protection to George and Shellie Zimmerman, partly because at one point it was billing them $7,000 per week, whereas they are now paying $700 a week for protection.

Bodyguards Do You Know The Art And Science Of The Trade?

 

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Bodyguards Do You Know The Art And Science Of The Trade?

By Doc Rogers

As bodyguards we work with clients to create a safer and more comfortable lifestyle, which can be a complicated task at times.  It looks simple on paper. Meet client at airport, transport client to hotel, deliver client to first meeting, etc.  But there are a lot of variables involved. 

Each operational area is different and each client has a different temperament.  To make things simpler, it’s best to use a mixture of art and science. To be able work the art and science of bodyguarding you must have the science down pat.  This includes a full knowledge of the trade, familiarity of arrival and departure procedures, knowing your operational area inside and out, as well as the strengths and capabilities of your support personnel.

Here are just a few examples of using the art of bodyguarding.  When on solo-bodyguard assignments use ‘force multipliers’ such as trusted airport meet and greet personnel who escort clients within the tightly controlled airside areas of the airport (customs and passport) directly to your location. It may be difficult for your client to get from airside to the passenger arrival area alone.

Your client may be tired from the flight and you don’t want him or her standing in long lines. Utilize the same procedure upon departure; express security screening, check-in, escorts through passport control and priority boarding gate or lounge.  Also you can setup and provide vetted dedicated baggage handlers at the hotel and airport. 

Your security driver should be under strict SOP (standard operational procedures) to arrive one hour early each day.  To have a cooler filled with clean ice and assorted beverages (bottled water, Coke, Diet Coke and 7-UP) obtained from the hotel concierge desk and placed in the client vehicle. These step-up-step procedures should be provided during the advance phase.

These simple combinations of features make your bodyguard service more effective by knowing who will be within close proximity to your client ahead of time and knowing they will follow an exact set of rules and procedures while performing their support services.  This relieves your mind so you can concentrate and devote your full attention to providing the best bodyguard services possible. 

When you work with other successful bodyguards who have mastered the art and science of the trade it’s because of all the things he or she has done day-after-day has added up to produce that level of success.

Remember, no one is forcing you to do anything. It takes time and considerable effort to setup airport facilitation arrangements and coordinating airport security requirements, etc.  But to perfect the art you need well-defined goals and effectively pursue them.  Knowing it is one thing. Acting on it is something else.

The bodyguard industry survives on utilizing a combination of art and science. Those bodyguards who only provide the science will be struggling and same goes for those who only provide the art.  With the art of bodyguarding it’s important to experiment and try new things.

Learn to utilize the art of being resourceful as well as keeping true to your bodyguard SOPs; blending your bodyguard skills and personal attention you provide to the principal. Don’t be limited in your thinking as it will ultimately benefit your career. Execute your plan. Keep safe and God speed.

Doc Rogers is the author of Corporate Executive Protection – A Manual for Inspiring Corporate Bodyguards and president and CEO of International Corporate Executive Protection Ltd. Doc has earned a Ph.D. in Security Administration from Southwest University and he is SE Asia’s leading expert on executive protection and corporate security.

Bodyguard Training in Florida

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Bodyguard Training in Florida

Bodyguard Training in Florida: Interested in Bodyguard Training in Florida? The S2 Safety and Intelligence Institute has been in operation since early 1982, and in that time span the school has trained thousands of security, law enforcement and Executive Protection Specialist. Located in Florida, the S2 Institute offers a well-rounded course taught by world class trainers and instructors that approach the topics they teach with real world experience, sophistication and personal insight into many of the faucets that encompass today’s well-rounded Executive Protection Specialist. For additional information on Bodyguard Training in Florida, and the S2 Institute please call Phone: 1-727-461-0066

Things to consider before you start your Bodyguard Training in Florida:

• You should be at least 18 years old.

• Clean record.

• Mentally sound.

• Physically fit.

• Good eyesight & hearing.

• Excellent communication skills.

• Be a citizen or legal resident alien of the U.S. or have been granted authority to work in the U.S. by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Additional information on Bodyguard Training in Florida is listed below. Licensing is overseen by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing. Contact Information: Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Licensing, Box 6687, Tallahassee FL 32314 Phone 1-850-487-0482 Web Site: http://licgweb.doacs.state.fl.us/ Check Investigator License:http://licgweb.dos.state.fl.us/access/individual.html Handbook http://licgweb.doacs.state.fl.us/investigations/index.html State Law: http://…com/3d935

Remember there is more to being a BODYGUARD than pushing people out of the way or having an weapons permit. Research and preparation aimed at identifying potential threats and contingency plans supersedes the need for big bouncer like bodyguards. Executive protection professionals receive training in skills such as defensive driving, emergency medical response and physical fitness. They know how to prepare for important events ahead of time and counter threats. And they act and dress like their protection subjects.

Overall, what’s expected is everything it takes to make the life of your client safer. Anticipating needs is a big one— being able to look at a situation and determine what can go wrong and make sure it doesn’t; or knowing how to fix a problem once it occurs.

I look forward to sharing in your success–I know you will find, as I have, that you are on a career path that is both interesting and profitable. But it all starts with your Bodyguard Training in Florida.

Harlan (Hucky) Austin

Bodyguard Learn How to Build Rapport

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Bodyguard Learn How to Build Rapport

By Doc Rogers

As a professional bodyguard you must start building rapport with the client upon arrival, helping the client get comfortable with you and the services you provide. When meeting a new bodyguard for the first time clients may feel a little awkward. Part of your job as a bodyguard is to ensure that your client is relax and enjoys his or her business visit to the city without any problems, risks or delays.

APPEARANCE

As a bodyguard you must dress at all times as if you are attending a formal function. If you want to earn top dollar, you’ve got to look top dollar.  Make your client feel comfortable that he or she is dealing with a well-dressed professional.  Again, when meeting the client the next morning remember to smile. It’s such a simple thing to do and it sets the tone for everything. Look your client in the eye, smile and greet him or her professionally. One suggested greeting: “Good morning Mr. or Ms. (client’s name).”

KEYS TO SUCCESS

Executives look for three things in a professional bodyguard:

1. Being treated as a valued client.

2. Being greeted warmly.

3. Being guarded in a safe and professional manner.

To be a successful bodyguard you have to get all three down to a science. Keep safe and God speed.

Doc Rogers is the author of Corporate Executive Protection – A Manual for Inspiring Corporate Bodyguards and president and CEO of International Corporate Executive Protection Ltd. Doc has earned a Ph.D. in Security Administration from Southwest University and he is SE Asia’s leading expert on executive protection and corporate security.