Private investigation has become a much deserved after career choice for many simply dissatisfied with their current careers. The beauty of the private investigation business is it's appealing to people already in the work and who possess skills in various areas, particularly technology.
Okay, you've decided to become a private investigator and do not know where to start. First, you will have to check the licensing requirements in your state because the rules seem to vary from state-to-state.Contact the state licensing authority or regulating body to get more information. Expect to go through a background check and "cough up" the related fees involved. People with a criminal record may have problems but apart from this, no previous experience is required.
Getting PI Experience
Now this is the most important aspect of getting into private investigation once you've cleared the preliminary checks. Experience was something you did not require to get into the PI business right? Well, yes and no. You see, private investigation is becoming such a popular option for people; it's a fast growing industry so if you have skills such as security experience or even better, technology know how then you will give yourself a great chanc eof "getting your leg in the door" of an agency.
Do Some Preparatory Work
Private investigation has become technology enhanced. By this I mean it's taken advantage of the computer age in no uncertain manner with many investigations conducted online. If you have computer experience and knowledge then great, but a course in computer science would be most advantageous. It would certainly look great on your resume. Computer science courses are available just about anywhere and even if you take the basics then you are probably ahead of the opposition.
Become Familiar With Legal Aspects
Like taking a computer science course, familiarizing yourself with the criminal justice system is another plus. Whether you take a course or study at the local library, it shows a prospective employer you are about about a career as a private investigator and keen to strengthen your skills. Understanding the various aspects of law such as civil and criminal law and personal injury laws can only help your chances of landing your initial job.
Tools Of The Trade
These are essential but many would be private investigators often wonder whether they should purchase these before they get a job or wait until they've got the job. Seriously, in many cases you'll more than probably already own a car and a computer. Cell phones are part and parcel of the job and you may even have a pager and a fax machine. If it's surveillance work you're after video equipment is a must including digital photography equipment. By stating you already own most or all of these on your resume will impress a prospective employer.
Looking For Employers
Going online should get you plenty of results. In fact, doing a search for private investigation directories will yield plenty of options. Going to your state government agency and asking for a list of private investigators in your state is another sound option. In some cases, you may possess skillsought by an intermediate agency and if the conditions are right, then be prepared to make a move.