Starting a New Job – and Keeping it
Some people find the interview process intimidating.
In the steps leading up to getting a job – applying, meeting for the first time, and getting through that initial round of gruelling questioning – it all seems quite daunting.
But the rush and the thrill of that phone call, or connection with the words – “you got the job”.
Its a big deal. A new chapter in your life is about to begin.
Whether this is a stepping stone for which you plan to launch a career, or if this is the dream job you’ve been holding out for – This is one goal accomplished. A moment to feel proud of yourself.
The next step – the job itself.
Regardless of if this is a stepping stone or a career move, you are now representing a company. While you’re also representing yourself.
All of those things you said you could do? This is your time to put it in action.
The interview made the world want to step back and watch and see what you could do. The job is your stage to prove it.
It may sound intimidating, but if you’re true to your word and embody all of the traits you said you were, and show off all the skills you said you had – this is a cake walk.
This being said, there is still an opportunity for most of these things to happen but for the process to still break down.
One of the biggest issues faced in security or most likely a lot of jobs, is communication. Or lack there of.
In 2019 we don’t seem to answer our phones like we used too. Society has evolved and with it – communication. This is fine, we have other ways to communicate – however ensuring you keep the lines of communication open is vital. Especially in the security industry.
If you want a job in security, you have to have the ability to communicate and be open. Before a job, during a job, after. Communication is key to success.
When you apply for a job, chances are you will receive a phone call or an email to set up an interview. Answering the phone, returning voicemails, and responding to emails are an integral first step of the process.
If you’re successful in obtaining a position, this line of communication needs to be kept open so that you get to hear those happy successful words of ‘You’re hired’.
It doesn’t end there however. These lines of communication can never close. Shift briefings, picking up shifts, being unavailable, reports, and any other general common courtesy needs or wants. These are all things that need to routinely flow in Security communication.
Understanding the job, the career, and the tasks at hand are all things that you should have a basic understanding when you apply. If you have questions – by all means, ask. You are wasting your valuable time moving forward with something you may not be fit for. And thats not necessarily a bad thing, but establishing yourself in a line of work you’re cut out for is a key step in the process. Asking questions is the best way to make sure you’re heading in the right direction.
When you start a new job, you are establishing yourself in a new family. This doesn’t mean sacrificing your life – but it does mean making some possible concessions to prove that you are worth keeping.
This doesn’t mean signing your life away. But being upfront with your availability, being open with communication (even if its just to acknowledge you’ve seen a request), and generally understanding that sometimes you have to work your way up the ladder.
All basic things that really should come second nature in being a responsible adult.
Using common sense, and communication are two of the most basic tools one can use in keeping themselves moving in a forward momentum.
Jobs aren’t given away. They are earned – and thus kept.
Keep the forward momentum, be true to yourself, and be true to those you represent. The rest will follow.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration. Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.