The role of a bodyguard is to protect people and property on behalf of specific clients, who are typically wealthy, famous, political figures, and other at-risk persons. To become a bodyguard you need to possess or acquire a broad range of skills in order to be considered for the job.
For example, successful bodyguards are loyal, possess above average intelligence, and have the ability to maintain a constant awareness of their surroundings as it pertains to the individual being protected. They must have excellent powers of observation, outstanding listening skills, the social skills necessary to work as part of a team, not to mention being able to remain calm even in chaotic situations. In addition, bodyguards must be physically fit and process the ability to make fast and appropriate decisions followed up by decisive action under stressful conditions.
Being a bodyguard is a serious job that should only be undertaken by serious people. Essentially, bodyguards are personal protection officers, lives and valuable property may be at stake, and the decisions you make when acting on behalf of your client will have far-reaching implications.
How to Qualify as a Bodyguard
Prior to earning the classification of an accredited “bodyguard” you must undergo extensive training. Most bodyguards either have experience in the military or in law enforcement, however, this criteria is not mandatory. Anyone who is willing and determined to complete the requisite bodyguard training can break into the field. All it takes is a bit of determination and commitment. Some of the training you can expect to receive includes, but is not limited to:
- How to handle firearms
- Physical fitness training
- Threat identification
- Psychological training
- Hand-to-hand combat training
During your training your knowledge about the responsibilities and risks of becoming a bodyguard and offering personal protection services will increase. Internalizing that knowledge to the greatest extent possible will help you cope with real-world threats.
How to Get a Bodyguard Job
Bodyguards are almost always hired through a private security agency. Clients feel more comfortable working with an agency than directly with individuals because agencies give them an added level of accountability, provide training for its employees, and the ability to bring additional resources to bear if needed. Agencies are the middlemen between the client and the bodyguard.
If you’re seriously interested in becoming a bodyguard you should start by searching through your local telephone directory under the classification of “Security,” “Detective Agencies,” “Bodyguards,” and “Close Protection.” If you have prior bodyguard training and experience you’ll find that arranging for an interview won’t be very difficult. And even if you do require training, there may still be plenty of opportunity for you to become a bodyguard.