By Doc Rogers
The year 2010 was a slow year for some sectors of the bodyguard industry. However, be thankful for any hardships you may have experienced. These types of circumstances mold you into well-accomplished bodyguard, one who is relentless, never gives up and becomes victorious. Gain knowledge from life’s hard lesson and keep moving forward.
Last year made us all get out of our comfort zones, find new physical, emotional, and mental strength to work through some economic difficulties. The difference between an extraordinary bodyguard and ordinary one is that little “extra” we gained from experiencing hardships and not letting obstacles get us down; we focused on how to overcome them.
It’s now 2011 and you need to step-it-up even more for your career growth. Start challenging yourself to be more aware of bodyguard career opportunities, because they are out there. Get rid of any negativity, its time to start fresh, learn from last years difficulties, overcome this year’s new challenge and advance forward.
Embrace the New Year; engage and create the bodyguard career success that you have previously dreamed about. But remember, this article is not about New Year’s resolutions (that may have already been broken). It’s about consistently and actively achieving a higher level of success in the bodyguard industry by taking smooth, flowing, decisive daily action and stopping any self-destructive thoughts. Have complete faith in yourself.
There is no straight and easy road to bodyguard career success; it takes a lot of work and planning. Here are some questions to help you towards your career success:
• What bodyguard projects do you want to take on (corporate, entertainment, sports, etc.)? Think about these potential bodyguard projects in detail.
• Where do you want to work as a bodyguard (London, Hong Kong, New York, Mumbai, etc.)? Think about the location in detail.
Now comes the tough part; you are clear about what you want in your bodyguard career, now you’ll have to figure out how to get it. Building your bodyguard career is about action. Bodyguard projects do you want:
Corporate – Research various multinational corporations and find out about their top senior executives. Learn the proper methods of corporate executive protection from a trusted name in the business. Attend a public corporate event that a senior executive will be speaking at and watch the executive protection agents. Send your resume by overnight delivery to the corporate executive protection unit with a cover letter asking for possible future consideration as an employee EP agent or prime vendor. Now do this with 50 more multinational corporations.
Entertainment – Research movie stars who have full-time bodyguards or residential security agents. Find out who is in charge of the bodyguard detail or residential security unit. Send your résumé by overnight delivery with a cover letter asking for possible future consideration as an employee résumés bodyguard/residential security agent or prime vendor. Again send 50 more to various entertainment bodyguard prospects.
Sports – Research start athletes or teams who have full-time bodyguards or residential security agents. Find out who is in charge of the bodyguard detail or residential security unit. Send your résumé by overnight delivery with a cover letter asking for possible future consideration as an employee bodyguard/residential security agent or prime vendor. Send 50 more résumés to star athlete or team bodyguard prospects.
Follow up telephone calls and emails are essential to landing a bodyguard jobs within one of the three categories mentioned above. Through the bodyguard training you receive your prospective employers or clients will not see you are an expense, but as an asset. Be unique and spell out the benefits in hiring you as a bodyguard. To make yourself distinct make sure your training specializes in corporate, entertainment or sport bodyguard services.
Where do you want to work as a bodyguard? Take for instance you want to work in the Philippines as a corporate bodyguard because of the excitement, corruption and violence. First research the country and know it from every angle. If you never been their before, who is going to hire you? Find out if they have any bodyguard training courses in-country. Save some funds, visit the country; maybe do some bodyguard training while you are there to make contacts. If you know what you want and why you want it you’ll achieve bodyguard career success in 2011. Make it work. Keep safe and God speed.
I want to do body guard course, And want to seek chance in US or UK.Iwas in indian army for 16 years. Than I serve in Afghanisthan in British embasy.
Alonzo & ‘Six’: Thanks for the great support guys. Your kind comments mean a lot. All the Best.
Well said as always Doc. 2010 was a tough business year for many businesses not just the protection business. So stand tall and reconfirm as Doc suggests. For those new to the business continue to prepare for your success. Think about a rookie professional athlete. While they may be new to the league they have prepared for this time all of their life. Build the skills and the opportunity and the money will come. For the seasoned agents it may be time to reinvent yourself as the business is ever changing.
Remember spontaneous combustion doesn’t just happen, you got to light yourself on fire!
Your advice is as solid as usual, Doc. And the many motivating blog entries on this site are invaluable to the many discouraged, bitter, and hungry bodyguards I come in contact with. I hope that most can give your words more than a passing thought.
There’s definitely lessons to take away from hardship. The value of humility and patience, along with the need to constantly re-evaluate and progress, should be among them.