All professional bodyguards dream of new clients knocking down their door, but that’s not usually the case. To get the best clients to work with you will need to either get hired at an established agency, or be proactive and ready to do some major preparation and hustle. Competition in the executive protection industry is fierce, but there are steps you can take to improve your ability to find great clients regularly.
The reality of the bodyguard lifestyle is not nearly as glamorous as portrayed in movies and TV. When you do actually see a working bodyguard, it’s just for a small percentage of the time they are transporting a client between locations or working a crowd.
Professional bodyguards (or Executive Protection Agents) do much more of their work behind the scenes. They are generally highly trained and disciplined, especially at the most elite agencies. They often come from specialized military or law enforcement backgrounds. Let’s take a look at the most common bodyguard responsibilities.
Getting hired as a professional bodyguard at a top EP agency takes tremendous persistence, the right networking, and lots of hard work. Aside from having the right basic physical qualifications, you also need to be trained up across a wide range of knowledge and skills that will enable you to effectively protect a client’s safety and life.
Where you get your training, how much relevant experience you have and your ability to sell yourself will determine how easy your initial break into the elite ranks of this industry will be. Here are some of the best ways to improve your chances.