So you've just completed an intensive course on becoming a private investigator and now you want to get out in the real world and use your new found skills. Where do you search for private investigation jobs?
Seriously, if you are at this stage and have no idea about how to get a PI job you should think about getting a refund from your course instructor.
Private investigation jobs can be broken down into several categories. Today, the industry has become very diverse with the internet contributing to a whole new world for private investigators to ply their trade.
No doubt you would have covered a lot of different areas PIs work in and it's conceivable you may have had a liking for one particular facet of the business before you started the course.
What happens is, many new private investigators will have a completely different direction that they want to head in following training simply because they are taught the many areas a PI can head into. During the training, many will take an interest in another field along with their original choice and in terms of flexibility, this is good from a prospective employer's point-of-view.
Should you try and be a "jack of all trades" and be everything to all? That may be something you can consider later in your career but for starters, concentrate on one or two areas and become proficient at them.
Get hold of resources such as the PI Magazine which is full of great tips, articles and jobs information about the industry.
Let's face it, when applying for a private investigation job, your training will be vitally important but if you are trying to nail a job at a big firm, you'll more than likely receive more on-the-job training as a rookie.
Your background is important in finding a PI job. This could have a strong bearing on the course within the industry you decide to take. If you were an actor for example, surveillance and undercover jobs could suit you. If you were involved in the computer industry, then internet surveillance would be "up your alley."
Many experienced PIs favor rookies learning their craft within the walls of a big firm before they go out on their own. This is sound advice because trying to start out on your own before you've had a taste of the industry can present an awful challenge.