Setting a salary goal is an important factor when entering into the Bodyguard industry; analyze how much money you require per year and know what the current salary range is for the Bodyguard position you are interviewing for.
Your military, law enforcement, personal security detachment or private sector background experience and strength that you bring to the Bodyguard position will be a great factor in your salary negotiation. Your strengths should include providing consistent thoughtful Bodyguard effort; this way you’ll be paid good money for the value you provide.
You have invested Bodyguard training and have hard-earned Bodyguard experience, now you should start preparing for a great salary from your Bodyguard career. The best scenario would be that you get your asking price or more (benefits, medical, vacation, etc.). Some questions the interviewer may ask in regards to compensation include:
• What salary are you looking for in the job at (insert company name)?
• What package are you looking for in the job at (insert company name)?
Most of the time Bodyguard positions are a fixed package and not open to salary negotiations. However, if the position is open to salary negotiations here are some recommendations:
Never attempt salary negotiations before they actually offer you the position. Stay away from talking about the BG salary package until as late in the hiring process as possible.
When it is time to bring up your BG salary expectations know the smallest salary package that you are willing to accept and a perfect, maximum amount you’d be happy to accept. Do not give out the figures you have in mind. Make sure the interviewer provides the salary figure first, before you start negotiations.
Ask the interviewer the salary range for someone with your experience and qualifications for the Bodyguard position. Once the interviewer reveals the salary range and it is between the smallest and highest salary expectation you had in mind its now time for negotiations.
If the salary range is at the maximum end you had in mind you can accept the package and the job offer. If the offer is lower than you hoped, inform the interviewer and proceed to negotiate a higher salary.
If the interviewer is not open to salary negotiations, thank the interviewer and request time to think the offer over before accepting or rejecting the figures given.
It’s easier to find a job when you have a job and remember before you reject the BG job offer take into considerations the total compensation package which should include:
• Profit sharing
• Health care
• Dental insurance
• Gym membership
• Relocation allowance
• Sick pay
• Car allowance
• Paid for in-service training
In the current economic climate the employer has the upper-hand when it comes to how much they have budgeted for the BG position you are applying for. However, being knowledgeable about salary negotiations will make you extra appealing to potential employers showing them that you are familiar and attentive with the procedures. Good luck on your Bodyguard salary negotiations 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.