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It is easier to get into the industry than becoming an executive protection specialist

This is getting old, BUT it is always a topic that has to be brought up.  The doors into this industry are WIDE open.  I lost count of how many emails, posts, tweets and every other way to generate a message, that says, “I’ve only been in the industry for…..”  Just yesterday I was emailed 10 resumes and I had to respond to 4 of them and give some level of instruction to fix their first shot at getting my attention.  The 4 that I kicked back were not bad, but I wanted to make sure that if they sent them to other networks their resumes would be fixed.  But as for the others I’ve received over the last year I don’t know where to point the finger but I’ll just swing this bat WIDE and hard and let the bodies drop where they may.

Who is responsible for just overall personal development?  I am not even speaking about professional development.  But in both cases it is the responsibility of the individual.  Somewhere along the line, the public school systems have failed us.  Incomplete sentence structure, inability to form a concise and cogent thought is driving me nuts over here in the POCC [protective operations command center].  Quick tutorial, that is the name for the BPI Security office in abbreviation form.  It is not an acronym.  An acronym is a word formed from the initial letters of a name or by combining initial letters of a series of words  An example of an acronym is LASER-it stands for: Light Amplified by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

Now back to my thought. Some of the skills that are vitally important in your professional development are rarely if ever discussed.  Shooting skills over sentence structure, contact drills over resume building.  It continually amazes me when specialists and even company owners submit invoices and expense vouchers that use lower case letters for pronouns like wendy’s, mcdonalds.  Am I being anal or is the standard of what I perceive a specialist should be, too high.  In my book presentation has nothing to do with how you go from the low ready to site picture, site alignment.

I have pondered over the last year that when I receive a resume from a specialist to ask them to write me in 250 words or less, why they want to be in this industry and what do they feel they can bring to the BPI network that no one has.  Many conclusions can be drawn from a writing sample and by requesting this sample it will possibly make those individuals think about the real reason.  Sure most of the answers will be pretty much the same, but if they are paying attention to detail it is an opportunity to articulate why they stand apart from everyone else.  There has to be some concerted effort to man the doors or close the opening.  We don’t stress or grade writing skills in EP schools and I really don’t believe it is any EP school’s responsibility to do so.  But many are slipping through the cracks that are scaring the hell out of me.

I may totally be alone on this subject but I stand firm on what I perceive a specialists skills should entail.  The most critical part of this industry before you get on any detail is how you present yourself professionally [including training].  The most critical part of the industry after the detail is finished and the client has gone, is the paperwork so that everyone can get paid.  How you write gets you the job, and how you write gets US paid.

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  1. Raffaele

    If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.
    Ernest Hemingway

    1. Eric Konohia

      Thank you Dr. D Giorgio

  2. Jon Tipper

    Eric – You’re not alone and you’re not anal in your sentiments about this subject. I’ve had guys come to me and “big up” their impressive close quarter’s drills and the like yet when it comes to their resume or report writing, they are totally incapable of stringing a single sentence together. I think also this may well relate back to your LE foundation. As a former MP, written reports were the cornerstone of our investigations. I would assume they were too in MSP? At the beginning of my career in the Royal Air Force, I can’t count the number of times my reports were thrown back by management covered in red pen and “rewrite” scrawled across the top. To be “red penned” in front of your peers quickly makes learn.

    Top tip. Take Eric’s website here? It doesn’t have automatic spelling and grammar check on it. MS Office does! If you are writing your resume and you see no red or green lines underneath your text, press F7 and double check it. That or you are a genius. Also read through it and then read through it again. If you’re using a format such of this comment form which has no spell check on it, take the time to copy what you’ve just typed and paste it onto a Word document. You’ll be surprised that mistakes you don’t see will show up. Take the time! It takes about 30 seconds to do it, correct as necessary then copy and paste back in. Don’t believe me? I just did it. Present yourself as the complete package; training, development and attention to detail.

    Sorry Eric; didn’t mean to hijack the topic but it really does get my goat in this day and age.

    1. Eric Konohia

      Jon
      You hit it on the head. Writing reports was taken seriously with MSP. Back then the Detective Sargeant would redline your report with a pen and make you do it over. Writing is so under rated

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