One of the biggest questions we get being Ontario's largest training provider is “how do I apply for a job once I complete my private investigator training course?” When you are joining a new industry, it's best to focus on the sector itself and consider what you would like to become in that industry. Do your research before contacting companies. Do you want to be an undercover investigator? Maybe you want to be an insurance fraud investigator, or a corporate fraud investigator. Maybe research is what you excel at, and skip tracing and background checks are what you would like to focus on. If you like working with groups of people, then labour disputes would be a good route for you. Or you want to assist in more personal investigations like child Custody investigations, or infidelity investigations. Take some time to think of your strengths and interests, and choose an area where you can put your skill sets to work. Once you figure what you want to do, search companies that offer those services, then apply only to those to start.
Always stick to the point!
If you are applying for a job as a private eye, you want to stick to what the job is offering or posting you've seen has listed. If it says "Experienced Private Investigators Only," that's not that job to apply to if you do not have experience. You can wait until that company has a listing available for newer investigators or you can email them separately and send your resume and ask for part-time work or be trained by an experienced private investigator.
What are you applying for?
Is the job for a security guard or private investigator? Is it for labour disputes or surveillance for fraud? Every job in the industry will hold different requirements. So be sure to watch for the ones you can apply for labour disputes, employee dismissals, and a few others projects like those do not require experience. Those types of jobs are how you gain entry into the industry. Only apply for what you have experience in or if the job allows for inexperienced people to apply. If not, wait until the company is hiring for what you can do or keep searching.
Are you qualified?
We often place advertisements for hiring, and in our ads, we are very specific to what we are looking for. When I hire surveillance investigators, I only search for experienced investigators. One of the more frustrating situations is when you place hiring ads, and you receive hundreds of resumes from security guards claiming their security floor-walking job is considered surveillance. This process wastes a significant amount of our time while handling them and in turn, your resume will be sent to the trash immediately. There is nothing wrong with stating you have no experience in something, just don't apply if you don't possess what they are looking for.
How do I list previous experience?
Most experiences from various careers are not transferable to the private detective industry, so if you do not have the experiences don’t be scared to say that. When resumes come in and are filled with irrelevant content, they are dismissed quickly. Do your best to remain professional at all times in your resume, email and phone conversations etc.
Follow these tips, and in due time you will be able to gain employment as a private investigator. Be patient, an opportunity will come to get your foot in the door and that’s how we all started.
About the Author
Whitney Joy Smith is the president of The Smith Investigation Agency she has been in the Investigative industry for over a decade. Whitney noticed not only a lack of female private investigators within the sector but also a lack of companies offering quality investigative work. It became Whitney's goal and passion for producing the best results for all investigations she completed. Whitney has completed over 1500 files and nearly 2000 research assignments. She still has a growing passion for the industry and she likes to work with governing bodies to regulate rules and laws within the industry. She wants to see positive changes moving forward, so the newest generation of private investigators have all the tools necessary as well as businesses.