We no longer live in a globe where you can rely on first responders to save you; as evidenced by the atrocious rise in mass shootings (there have been nearly as many mass shootings as days in 2017). State governments, private corporations, and others are scrambling to find ways to be better prepared.
Airborne Ranger, entrepreneur and security expert Spencer Coursen says US Veterans are uniquely qualified and highly sought after by security firms for a wide variety of positions.
“Less than 10% of the population has served. This positions military US Veterans to lead the way as security subject matter experts,” says Coursen. But, he adds, military US Vets must constantly seek to improve and advance their knowledge and experience through education and networking to stand out from the applicant crowd.
Coursen knows security. While serving in the Army, he helped plan and lead more than 80 combat missions throughout the Middle East–often working closely with other Washington agencies. After his distinguished career in the Army, he has since, planned, executed and led close-protection details for dignitaries, heads of state, boards of directors, CEOs, celebrities, media, and public figures on more than 300 international trips to 163 different countries.
Here are Coursen’s tips for breaking into the PERSEC/OPSEC Industry:
1. Decide which parts of the industry you find most intriguing and then compare that desire to your learnable set of skills. Are you interested in physical security, personal security, cyber security, protective intelligence, threat management, etc?
2. Read as much as you can about the security subjects that interest you before you begin your transition to the private or public security sector.
3. Ask informed questions. Don’t just reach out to someone and say, “Can you help me get a job?” Once you identify security experts, do your homework on them. Read articles they have written or at the…