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Membership Organisations- security friend or foe?

January 15, 2021

Are you an SIA licence holder?

Most frontline security workers we speak with have absolutely no idea that the role they are performing can be utilised as a fantastic platform to build an exciting and financially rewarding career in the private security industry.

Believe it or not you have the power to shape a career within this industry.

Understanding what jobs are actually out there, how you get into them and most importantly how much you can get paid is not always straight forward but there are 2 simple things you can get started with – do your research and build some networks.

Sounds easy right? One way to get started is to join a professional membership organisation where you have a ready built network of people working in your industry who have knowledge, experience and contacts they will readily share. You don’t have to actually do any work – just make some new friends!

Why should I join a Professional Membership Organisation?

Professional membership organisations are an excellent platform to develop, motivate and build up those working within a particular industry. They have been formed to provide individuals with resources, information, contacts and insider tips to help progress your career faster than you doing it on your own.

Here are just some of the benefits you can gain by joining one.

1 — Training & Resources

Perhaps you think you know everything you need already? Or are you unsure what kind of training or professional development would actually be of any benefit?

This is where professional membership organisations can come in very handy.

Access to the right training resources will offer a huge advantage when moving up the career ladder. Knowing what courses are beneficial, what you can gain from completing them and understanding the logistics like how long they take and what level they are most suited to you is gold dust.

Most professional membership organisations will provide access to free and paid courses, tutorials and seminars/webinars. Not only that you can easily reach out and ask others within the organisation who have already done the courses what they thought of it. Was it worth the money? How much time do you need to spare to be able to complete it? Did it help with getting a better job? By being part of an organisation you don’t have to spend hours researching it yourself – use the network.

2 — Networking

Connections are so important. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” has never been truer – especially in light of the current situation with the pandemic where so many more people are out of work. Be smart and leverage off other people’s contacts to get your foot in the door.

Membership organisations give you the opportunity to get insider information on employers and companies that interest you. Someone may know about a role that hasn’t even been advertised yet, which gives you an early advantage to sell yourself before other applicants get the opportunity to. You may find out that actually the job has already been promised to someone else, so applying is a waste of your time.

Building a professional network (which in simple terms means making new friends!) can get you to the right people quicker. Insider information such as new job vacancies, who the right HR person to speak with is and the precise skills and experience they want to see on a CV can be the difference in you getting that new job or spending months applying and getting nowhere.

3 — Quickly Get The Help You Need

Being part of a professional membership organisation will enable you to reach out to people who would otherwise be impossible to contact. Having a mutual connection through a membership organisation means that people are far more likely to respond to invitations and requests if they see you as “part of their community”.

So that event you wanted to host and thought you couldn’t fill it? Well, join an organisation and you now have access to hundreds, even thousands of people who you didn’t yesterday.

Do you have an idea you think could improve something withing your role or the industry? Are you in trouble or do you have an issue and feel helpless to resolve it on your own? By joining a membership organisation you have access to support and resources you would unlikely find by yourself.

4 — Build Your Professional Profile

Joining a membership organisation allows you to give something back to the security industry. Share your knowledge and your experiences and gain recognition.

Not only will you gain the ability to network and connect with others, but you are able to share your story, your achievements and wins within a forum that will celebrate with you. Being part of a community of people with shared interests, visions or goals will really help you to not only maintain motivation and productivity but it can act as a supportive net when things are not going quite as well as planned.

Membership organisations help you build your profile, giving you an opportunity to attend or even speak at or host events, allowing you to gain recognition for your achievements and any outstanding work you have accomplished in your career.

I’m Sold! Where Do I Find Out More?

The security sector has a few membership organisations, if you are interested in joining one, here are the main groups to check out:

  • IFPO – International Foundation for Protection Officers - UK. Annual membership costs £40 + £20 therafter to renew.
  • Security Institute – UK Membership body for security professionals. Annual subscriptions start from £50 (varies depending on work/ education status).
  • ASIS – International body for security professionals. This organisation has a membership community of 34,000 people worldwide. Membership subscriptions vary - Regular - $195USD/year (plus a one off $20 application fee), Students - $20USD/year, Retired $100USD/year.

Hopefully, this has helped you understand just how beneficial membership organisations can be for frontline security. Now you have gained the secret to moving up the career ladder!

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