By Doc Rogers
Are you looking to travel overseas on executive protection assignments and work as a bodyguard in exotic locales? If the answer is yes, than the world is wide open, waiting for you. No one has the rights to it, and permission is granted. Of course you will have to check local visa requirements for working within a particular area on a temporary or full-time basis, but this should not stop you from sending email and express courier packages with your resume to prospect clients and employers.
Focus your efforts on one particular geographical location where you would like to work as a bodyguard. Do research to ensure that the particular geographical area has the demand and the need for executive protection. The area that you select must be able to pay international rates for your bodyguard services and consider you an expert in the trade through your training and experience. Saturate the overseas location with your resume.
If you are looking for full-time executive protection employment you need to remember that in this current economic condition many employers will not pay your relocation expenses. Some will but others would rather hire local nationals with less experience and qualifications in the executive protection industry than pay relocation expenses for a new employee. This is the reality of today’s EP job market in some oversea locations. However, many times it’s worth it, especially if the EP position is a well-paying one with greater opportunities for promotions and wage growth down-the-road.
If you are seeking temporary overseas bodyguard gigs than the client must provide roundtrip airfare, housing, subsistence and a 50 percent initial payment prior to starting the job and the remaining 50 percent upon the completion of the bodyguard gig.
Immediately set yourself to the task of getting your feet wet by: networking with other EP professionals in your selected geographical location. By calling potential clients, employers and inquiring about bodyguard job availability and gaining a cultural understanding of the area you want to bodyguard in as well as some basic language skills.
Be prepared for a video and telephone interview, also know as video conferencing. Take the interview seriously as you would with a face-to-face interview. Be prepared to go through all the formalities of a specialized interview process by dressing professionally, speaking clearly and listening to what the interviewer is saying.
Try not to become sloppy during the video and telephone interview. Be a good listener, wait until the interviewer has stopped talking and has finished completely before speaking. Keep relaxed, but maintain a confident posture, look and address the video camera as if it was the interviewer in front of you.
Do everything you can to make sure that your overseas bodyguard job search is going according to plan in a businesslike and committed manner.
You are to be congratulated on taking the first steps for a new executive protection career horizon. Keep at it, with careful and deliberate planning you are bound to succeed. Good luck 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. To learn how to make a full time living as a corporate bodyguard visit the websites below for more information.
Thank you…Doc….really made more advances and preparations….
Doc Rogers says:
Dear James: Thank you for your comment. As for your question I can only speak of my area of operations; Southeast Asia / South Asia / West Asia. The Philippines is seeing a high demand for Western trained EP agents, as well as India, Indonesia and Pakistan. The working conditions are diverse, you could find yourself setup in a luxurious apartment or in a room under austere conditions. Expect long and erratic hours and moderate threat environments. Build rapport and sensitivity to the new culture and different situations and you’ll do well. Keep safe and God speed.
Excellent article Doc!
Do you know of any specific jurisdictions where the demand for Executive Protection is either stable or growing? e.g. How is the city of London for Americans who are experienced EP agents seeking work there?