Directors of security work for companies in the public, private, and government sectors of every industry including hospitality, retail, aerospace and defense, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, business services, chemicals, construction, education, insurance, the Internet, media, information technology, and transportation. Each sector presents different challenges, but the basic principles of good security are often the same. Jobs can be located throughout the country and are available not only in commercial businesses but public venues, such as arenas and theaters; transportation facilities, such as train stations and airports; government agencies; and even personal residences of wealthy individuals.
Director of security is not an entry-level job. Candidates generally must have many years of experience and a proven track record of success. Aspiring directors of security who don’t yet have a lot of experience often find it easier to gain employment at a smaller company in lower-level security positions. Many start out as security guards before moving into supervisory positions and starting to work their way up the career ladder.
Advancement most often comes by moving to a larger, more prestigious employer resulting in increased earnings and responsibilities. In some cases, directors may be promoted to vice president of security. Those with many years of experience and an excellent record may start a consulting business and work for multiple businesses or individuals.
Get certified. It will give you an edge over other applicants.
Prior experience in the military or working in law enforcement may help you to get a foot in the door.
No matter where you are in your career, continue taking classes, seminars, and courses in security and criminal justice.
Contact executive search firms to see if you can submit your resume. Start with firms such as SecurityRecruiter.com and SecurityHeadhunter.com and then do a Google search to find more.