Moving from the public sector to a private sector security job can be a huge leap. David Quilter points out the strengths you'll bring along with the skills you may need to develop. Excerpted from From One Winning Career to the Next, published by the Security Executive Council and available through their online store.
You bring gifts as you transition from the public to the private sector. In government or military service, you may have perhaps performed some of the following tasks and grown in the skills of:
- Constructing and overseeing multi-million dollar budgets
- Managing liaison with local, state, and national law enforcement agencies
- Evaluating organizational performance
- Interviewing potential employees
- Interviewing criminal suspects
- Bridging inter-service rivalries
- Conducting audits and inspections
- Dealing with the unexpected in life-threatening situations
- Losing a friend or colleague on the job, in violent circumstances
- Making quick decisions that may have life or death consequences
I encourage you to add to this list from your own history. Then consider how you can translate your leadership experiences into business success. Do this in a way that executives can understand and see the value your skills and know-how brings to them as they seek to accomplish their goals. Do that and you will be on the short path to earning their trust. Learning the nuances and rhythms of your new organization will allow you to lead and integrate security in a way that makes the jobs of other executives easier. They will have fewer distractions, interruptions and see a better bottom line.