Congratulations! You’ve taken the right course, learned the necessary skills and aced the exam. The moment you get your licence, you’re a bona fide private investigator . . . but what now? How do you take everything you’ve learned to get the job you want?
Finding a job as private investigator comes with many challenges. For example, it’s difficult to land jobs on your own or to start your own business, because so many clients only want to work with a detective that has a lot of experience.
The good new is, there are many established private investigation companies and firms across North America. These companies have an established reputation, client roster, and are always looking for newly graduated private investigators to add to their team.
Finding a Job
Tracking down the right private investigator job is a fairly similar process to how anyone would approach getting hired by any company.
Doing some research to determine which companies or firms you want to work for is the first step. You don’t just want to apply for any and every job that catches your eye. You want to make sure that you look into whether or not the company has benefits, what previous employees have said about them, and even what their current clients are saying.
As a private investigator, this step is one of the most important. If you can’t afford the time to do your research, what do you think that says about your private investigation skills? Also, don’t you want to get hired by a company that you actually want to work for?
Once you’ve got a good list of companies, sending an email or calling the appropriate individual could land you an interview.
Getting the Job
Before a private investigation firm will hire you, they will likely put you through an interview process. This process will differ from organization to organization, but ultimately, the company will try to determine if you will be a good addition to their team.
Private investigator job interviews are fairly similar to any type of job interview. You will be asked relevant questions about your experience, explain how you would handle certain situations, scenarios and more.
Integrity is a huge component to the modern day private detective. The industry has been dragged through the mud by countless individuals who would prefer to tweak the truth to get their client to hand over their hard earned money.
If you suspect that your potential employer is acting in a way that is less than honest, or that the company lacks integrity, don’t take the job. Even if you find out after you take the job that the company participates in unethical practices, you still have the option to search for another job or give your two weeks notice.
No job is worth the risk of losing your reputation.
As mentioned above, if you happen to get hired by a PI firm that doesn’t know what the term integrity means, find another job and move on. You never want to work for anyone who tries to compromise your code of ethics, especially as a private investigator.
That being said, trashing a previous employee is a sure fire way to lose respect from your new employee. Regardless of what happened during your previous employment, treat the situation with the respect and (in some cases) the confidentiality it deserves.
Who Trained You?
Sometimes, especially when first starting out, you might not feel like you have a wealth of experience. There are, however, many private investigation training programs that offer job placement opportunities.
Take us, for example! If you complete your private investigator training with our company, we will help to find you a job when you get your licence. While we can’t promise to hire all of our students, we’ve got plenty of opportunities, especially on bigger cases.