All of these creators are also excellent people to follow on LinkedIn.
Using LinkedIn Effectively
Speaking of LinkedIn: it has long been an essential tool for anyone in the job hunt. It lets you research job opportunities and learn from corporate security professionals who generously share helpful advice.
LinkedIn also delivers truly global opportunities for networking, an essential component of any job search or career transition. You may also find it helpful in identifying and developing relationships with potential mentors, whether or not you have worked with them in a previous role.
The value of networking simply cannot be overstated. As a security leader at a Fortune 200 bank recently told us: “The military is the biggest fraternity in the world. It’s more important than you can imagine to network with the people who served alongside you.” Similar camaraderie exists among law enforcement officers.
Personally knowing an employee of the organization where you want to work is a major advantage. Many companies provide employee referral bonuses when they refer a job candidate who is ultimately hired.
But how do you grow your network on LinkedIn? Amanda L., a former DOD and DHS analyst had identified some simple steps, including commenting on posts, re-sharing others’ content within your own network, and creating your own original content.
Here are some of our top suggestions for people to follow on LinkedIn.
Eric Vento is a former law enforcement officer who regularly shares job openings and great tactical advice for job hunters. He also frequently offers to make referrals once he has the chance to meet you.
Ernie Van der Leest and Justin Lamb are two other security professional who regularly share job opportunities at leading organizations.
Chuck Harold is a retired police officer and security expert. He’s also the on-air host of SecurityGuyTV.com. He has a wide breadth of law enforcement and private security experience. That is reflected in his diverse content that covers all aspects of law enforcement, safety, security and quality of life.
Charles “CHUCK” Andrews is a consistent and reliable source of security news and insights. He founded Friends of Chuck (FOC), a professional security group that exists for the purposes of networking, locating employment, exchanging business opportunities, discovering new emerging security technologies and sharing other important information.
Tim Wenzel is a shining example of an entrepreneurial security professional who helps others while advancing the profession. He founded Getting Security Done, an organization dedicated to accelerating the advancement of the security industry by fostering the most relevant conversations). Getting Security Done recently launched The Kindness Games, a strategy initiative that aims to heal our relationships and communities through targeted kindness. Tim also shares his personal journey on his website, Thoughts & Stories for Owning Life.
Joshua Shelton provides a great model of translating skills from law enforcement into a corporate security career at organizations who covet those skills. He is a fraud investigator and supply chain security expert who is quick to highlight the achievements of his peers.
Humberto Botello shares excellent insights on leadership and other important topics in corporate security.
(Special thanks to Scott Lake for introducing us to some of these professionals.)