Gaining employment, or progressing your career, is tough in the current economic climate. In order to give yourself the best chance of finding employment, or a new role, you must structure the way you go about achieving it. Sat there endlessly in front of the computer trawling for jobs on the internet and sending the same untailored CV will get you minimal results.
You must use a multi-layered approach to finding employment and the more elements of the jig saw you use, the more likely you are to achieve your potential. It's no good having a great CV if you don't know who to send it to, or having a good network of contacts but not in the area of protective security that you are seeking employment in. By planning how you go about progressing your career you can ensure that you encompass all the elements necessary to find employment.
The key areas to focus on are your CV, networking, establishing contacts to send your CV to, working out which companies are recruiting personnel with your skill set and ensuring you have a good grasp of social media in relation to finding employment. You must then ensure when you do apply for a job that you have the necessary attributes and have prepared thoroughly to successfully complete the interview.
When you are out of work your full time job becomes finding employment. Therefore you should structure it that way. The vast majority of people look for work in exactly the same way, by sitting in front of the computer and trawling the internet using the same sites. Instead, establish yourself a timetable structuring your day and week into the different elements of the jig-saw that will help you find work. Factor in breaks and make sure you have all the tools you need to help bring you success.
Your structure can be as basic or complicated as you want, in line with your personal preferences. Some might opt for a school timetable style, breaking the day down into hourly periods. Some may prefer just to list items they want to achieve that day and tick them off when complete.
You need to structure your week in a logical order. It is important that from the start you set out your aims and ultimate goal, then use your structured week in such a way to help you achieve this.
For example, an ultimate goal for a week could be:
To send my CV to a number of operational companies and meet three potential recruiters.
This ultimate goal can then be broken down into three key areas, CV, researching companies to send the CV to and establishing contacts within those companies in order to meet them.
Therefore it goes without saying in order to give you the best chance of achieving this and enabling you to meet potential recruiters, which is your ultimate goal, your CV has to be absolutely perfect.
There is no room for error at this stage as companies will not read CV's for reasons such as being badly formatted, too long, or having poor use of English language. Operators spend thousands of pounds on training courses but are getting nowhere near the interview, or meeting recruiters, stage because of a poor CV. It therefore makes sense to start the week off spending some time on your CV.
There are a number of companies out there who can write your CV for you. However, to save you having to pay for a CV writer, with The Security Advisor website there is a step by step guide to writing a CV tailored to the security industry, with examples at every step of the way and full examples at the end. Therefore set aside some quality time and pull your own CV apart. Try using your own CV wording but with The Security Advisor CV format which should make it easier to skim read in under thirty seconds. Or use some of your own wording in conjunction with some of The Security Advisor CV example wording.
This is a great exercise to do with someone within your network, so once you've done your own CV's, swop and critically analyse each others to identify areas to improve on and check for correct use of English language. One of the best reasons to write your own CV and spend some quality time on it is that you get to know it inside out. Therefore when it comes to the interview stage, and you are asked questions on your CV, you can answer confidently and without hesitation.
Once your CV is ready it is time to start researching companies to send it to. There are so many operational companies in the security industry you have to be smart about how you go about this and use your time wisely. It's no good establishing a long list from the internet and trying to approach them all. Work out which companies deal with the area of protective services that you want to gain employment in. Then think about which of these companies employ personnel with your skill set and level of experience. But the biggest thing to establish is are these companies actually recruiting? So by narrowing your search to companies operating in the areas of protective security you want to gain employment in, that employ operators with your skill set and that are actually recruiting it allows you to focus on them. Therefore you spend quality time on the application process rather than using a quantity approach and trying to apply to everyone.
For example, for those operators just entering the industry they need to stay away from companies that request experience in the corporate close protection environment. Instead use your time and resources to find those companies that look for other prerequisites to employment. This could be Olive or AEGIS in Iraq for example, who for some of their operations require eight years military service, to have obtained the rank of corporal and have completed three recent operational tours. Or on the UK circuit start looking at companies that are happy to employ personnel straight from their CP course if they have the required personal characteristics and attributes.
Once you have established a list of operational companies that you are going to apply to, you need to identify who to send your CV to within that company. It's no good having a great CV, knowing which companies are recruiting operators with your skill set and then sending it to the wrong person. Again it is about quality applications not quantity. To stand the best chance it is unlikely to be the HR department as they are the HR department for all the departments within that company, so receive a whole myriad of CV's. Be specific, and make sure you get the contact details of the person who has the ability to offer you employment within that company. In companies such as Control Risks for example it will be whoever runs there Middle East or Iraq / Afghanistan desk if you want to work in hostile environments.
If you are applying to companies such as Olive who use an online application form then you need to treat this with the same respect as you have your CV, and make sure it is faultless when you press the submit button. The whole point of the online application process for companies is it summarises the key areas that the company looks for in an operator. This makes it easy to read and compare personnel in a format they like to use. If a person meets this criteria then they will look at their CV in more detail. Therefore if you rush the online application, don't complete it correctly or provide enough detail, they won't go on to read your full CV. So spend some time completing the forms correctly, and at the end, like with your CV, get someone else to check your application for you before submitting it.
Once you have sent your CV to the shortlist of companies that you identified to give you the best chance of success in gaining employment, you need to make contact with the appropriate person at those companies and ask for a meeting. It's ideal to try and get in contact with the person that you have sent your CV to. That way they may have had chance to read your CV and know a bit about you, or it is in their inbox so they can have a look after your phone call. A good rule of thumb is to follow the CV up with a phone call two days after you've sent it, long enough so they have had chance to read it but not too long that they have forgotten it when you ring. Tell them that you have sent your CV and that you would appreciate the chance to meet them in person for an opportunity to talk about potential positions that you may be suitable for. This doesn't have to be a formal meeting like an interview but ask them if they have chance to meet you for a coffee near where they work. This gives you an opportunity to talk through your CV, but more importantly for them a chance to see, although you have the experience, you also have the personal attributes and characteristics they look for in an operator. Very few operational security companies will put someone on task that they haven't met. It goes without saying for the meeting, turn up smart, presentable and prompt. Most operational security companies use a small core of personnel for all their tasks as they can trust them, they know the standard of their work and they know they won't let them down. Therefore your aim should be to be within this small core who receive regular work at the better rates of pay.
To download a Word copy of the structured employment planning timetable template, click here.
Network, network, network, it's a term used all the time, but what does it actually mean, and how many people are doing it effectively?
In its most basic form it's the use of the various professional and social media streams such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Close Protection World. However, do you really know the person behind the username, is their Facebook name really a pseudonym or are they in fact nothing to do with the security industry at all?
It's unlikely that someone in your professional and social media basic network is going to offer you employment based on the reasons in the paragraph above. The most basic network is good to gain an insight into the industry. Research some of the industry hot topics, like raising standards, but also an opportunity to see the level of person operating in the basic network and ensure you pitch yourself above them to give you a better chance during the job application process.
Therefore if you are to gain employment from the most basic network you must stand out from those who are unlikely to gain employment at this level. Firstly ensure you have a neutral username such as 'securityprofessional' on Close Protection World, or if you are using Facebook then use your actual name so others can see you are genuine from the start. Usernames such as MadPara1 or not using your actual name can be very off putting, like wearing jeans and a t-shirt to an interview as this is the first impression others will see of you on these sites. When started threads, or commenting on posts, try to stay neutral and professional rather than descending into political views or using offensive language. Make sure that what you are writing is balanced, spelt correctly and has good use of English language. It's always worth after writing a thread, or commenting on a post, just pausing before you publish it and asking would i employ someone who posted information like this? Remember only 1% of people signed up to social networking groups actually play an active role. The majority just like to view the information available, therefore it is the other 99% who you also need to keep onside as you never know when you might be asking them for employment.
The intermediate network level is actually getting out there and meeting those individuals in the security industry who will have a direct impact on you gaining employment. When at networking events such as the Counter Terror Expo, don't stay in your comfort zone walking round with, and talking to, individuals you already know. If you go as a group spend a period of time on your own, walk up to people and introduce yourself. Talk to them on a personal level, find out something about them and what they do, but equally work out what you could do that would benefit them. Before you go to the events have a look who is exhibiting and learn about their company and the personalities within so you show your interest through knowledge from the start. This isn't an opportunity to ask for employment though so exchange business cards and make contact with them after the event.
The most advanced network is 100% reliant on the operator and the way they conduct themselves. It is made up of the previous two networking levels with the addition of networking whilst on task. However this doesn't involve handing over a business card or saying you are available for future employment but through your professionalism and standard of work whilst conducting the job. This will be seen through your preparation such as profiling the client before you arrive on task, ensuring your kit is appropriate for the role and that you are presented perfectly at all times. During the task are you flexible and adaptable to the changing itinerary. Do you put yourself forward for extra work where others want to rest. Have you established a good rapport with the principle and your fellow team members. Post task have you taken the time to send some lessons learnt to the team leader or write a post operational report for the company employing you. It's worth e-mailed the other team members that you have worked with within the first few days after the task has finished to establish and grow your advanced professional network. If you can answer yes to all the questions above in this paragraph then you have made the process of finding employment much easier as these companies and operators will want to work with you. Therefore when a role is available it will be you they ring as their first port of call because of the professional manner in which you conduct yourself at all times.
Social media plays an active part in most people's lives. It's becoming an ever more important tool in helping people find employment. Companies like G4S actively use Twitter to advertise jobs, there is a whole myriad of Facebook groups based around employment in the security industry and LinkedIn provides a professional insight into current trends in recruitment and industry hot topics.
Therefore you have to make sure you are social media savvy, your various profiles are up to date and displaying the correct information. If you are using social media to find work then you may have to sacrifice what might be the more social side of social media.
Companies will use your own profiles to find out information about you. Therefore it makes sense that to gain employment in the security industry you might expect someone to have used the privacy settings on their account. In addition, it is always worth removing the geo-tagging from your posts which is documenting the location you are posting from.
Copious amounts of pictures detailing you and your friends in fancy dress whilst drunk may not be the best approach for your Facebook profile. Likewise, what is written on your wall by you or others should not cause offence to anyone. It's worth creating a personal and a business account so you can keep them separate.
LinkedIn can be a great networking tool and your profile is in effect your e-CV. Therefore you should spend time on it to ensure it is absolutely perfect as you have with your written CV. When you are establishing your network of contacts, make sure they are relevant to the roles you will be applying for. There is a whole host of information out there on LinkedIn for you to view such as company updates, industry hot topics, training course advertisements and current vacancies that you may find useful in gaining employment.
By using Twitter you can follow those people or companies that work in the security industry. You become part of the lives of those you follow, and therefore by providing meaningful tweets can introduce yourself in an informal but professional way. With only 140 characters to use, it can be used as a platform to refer people to a blog you may have published or your LinkedIn profile. Work hard to build your network, join discussions, follow users that work in the areas of protective security you are interested in and build your Twitter following. It's a good idea to keep on top of Twitter though as it can quickly escalate with people re-tweeting what you say.
Social media is here to stay and will become ever more prevalent in recruitment and employment. It is important to understand how to fully utilise it before you need to and ensure it is updated regularly.
The interview can be a daunting experience and it is important that you prepare for it to ensure that your nerves don't get the better of you and you articulate yourself as you would like to. The interview could be between you and up to three people dependant on the position and sometimes more. The aim is to establish whether you are the right person for the role you are applying for. The interviewer will want to see that you understand what is expected of the role and how your previous experiences and qualifications will benefit you in succeeding. Also that you have good knowledge of the company and personalities within that you are applying to.
If you get the opportunity to choose a time and date to interview this can be critical in you being successful at this phase. Try to arrange an interview from Wednesday onwards if possible as interviewers are normally too busy at the start of the week to give it their full attention. Therefore they may not have time to prepare for it correctly and give you enough time to really sell yourself without having to cut it short for a meeting or business engagement. The timing can also make a big difference. You don't want to be the first interview as it will take the interviewer a little time to warm up into conducting them. If you interview after lunch then the interviewer could be lethargic from eating and if you are towards the end of the day then they may be bored and uninterested after conducting many interviews. Therefore if possible the best time to interview is mid morning, preferably on a Wednesday or Thursday.
Prior preparation is key and there are a number of ways in which you can prepare. You will be asked questions based around the role you are applying for, your CV, the security industry and you as a person.
It goes without saying that you have to be dressed immaculately. Forget the latest fashions and go with a traditional suit, pastel coloured or white shirt, plain tie, dark socks and polished shoes. One of the best role models for dressing to interview are politicians on TV, if you follow their appearance then you won't go far wrong. In addition, carry a small unobtrusive notebook that will fit in your suit jacket pocket and smart pen. However, do not take notes all the way through the interview as it's about engaging with the interviewer and you can't do this if you are writing or typing on an iPad.
Ensure you arrive in good time for the interview and if possible recce the location so you have no last minute panics as to where it is being held. It is a good idea to locate yourself nearby prior to the interview, have a light meal, ensure you are hydrated and read over your notes.
When entering the interview acknowledge the people in there and take a seat once requested to do so. Whilst sitting, ensure you sit up straight, be attentive and acknowledge what is being said to you through gesturing such as nodding.
Remember when answering questions to pause first and think about what you are about to say. Take your time to explain yourself, be engaging, try to answer the question fully and in a confident manner. This is your opportunity to talk to the interviewer, you must sell yourself at this point, you will not progress to the next stage being modest. Make sure you use examples of past experiences but make them relevant to the role you are applying for. Do not use an example and then say "but it's confidential so i can't really go into detail", use one that you can talk about.
Following the interview send an e-mail to the lead interviewer if possible thanking them for their time and detailing your contact information should they need to follow up on any of the points discussed.
It is important to determine from your CV potential interview questions that you might be asked, that way you can prepare for them prior to arriving at the interview. The potential questions will be relevant to the role that you are interviewing for and you need to show how your past experiences will benefit you in this role.
From the CV example you have just viewed, if you were Interviewing for a hostile environment close protection team leader role these are the probable questions you may be asked from the CV example and some other commonly asked questions.
1. Can you tell us about your current role with Olive Group?
For this question it is important to explain what role you are currently doing, but emphasis should be on the managerial aspect and what you do to deputise for the team leader in their absence. When applying for a team leader role you have to show that you are looking at the bigger picture out of the team's day to day management so emphasis should also be placed on liaison with the Operations Manager.
2. How did you alter the way you communicated with the principle from working with a Middle Eastern family in Dubai compared to a business executive in Iraq?
In this question it is important to explain the difference in communication in line with the changing environment, industry you are working in and threat level.
3. There's a big difference in operating in a country that you are familiar with compared to operating in one that you aren't. When you started work in Dubai how did you ensure you adhered to local traditions, customs and norms?
In this questions it is important to show you are familiar with Middle Eastern culture. Explain the use of personnel around you such as interpreters, house staff, local nationals and other expats. This is an important question with regard to the job you are interviewing for as you will need to utilise those around you to help facilitate the operation. It's therefore important to show your ability to work with personnel at all levels.
4. How did you find the transition between a low threat environment and a high threat environment?
Explain in this answer the difference in standard operating procedures between countries and how you ensured when you arrived in Iraq that you made the transition quickly. Talk about learning from those around you, previous hostile environment experience, how your training helped and what you did to educate yourself on the environment and operation prior to arriving.
5. Can you explain how you provided protection for British Police Officials visiting police stations in Iraq whilst serving with the Infantry, and what hostility you encountered?
Talk about how you went about the role, any experiences that you gained and how you utilised them in your current role. With regard to hostilities, explain about the use of an escalation of force, plus how you used pre-operational planning and preparation to reduce the chances of being subjected to a hostile act.
6. Can you tell us how the protection you provide differs for convoy security compared to when you are working with a principle?
Explain the difference in the roles and how you adapted from the convoy security role to working with a principle. The importance of briefing the client and establishing a professional relationship.
7. What do you think the main differences are between providing protective security for the Army and in the corporate environment.
You need to show that you have made the transition between Army and corporate environment. Explain about how the military hearts and minds campaign is similar to ensuring the image and brand of a corporate company are protected. It would also be worth mentioning that you have to try and facilitate what the principle wants, even though you may not agree with it, as long as it won't compromise security and safety. If you have experienced profit and loss in the corporate security environment then explain the importance of it and how it drives nearly everything you do.
8. Why did you choose to train with Ronin Concepts and The SOS Group?
Explain how you think it is important to train with a reputable provider in order to gain a solid foundation on which to build your experience on.
9. Why have you not decided to further your medical qualifications?
Explain how you have focused efforts towards other areas of development such as languages. Mention that within a team you utilise different individuals for their key skills and as a manager you would therefore use the team member with the highest level of medical qualifications and experience for the medic role. You could also explain that if you were providing medical attention that you couldn't effectively manage the whole incident as you would be too involved in the medical situation.
10. You obviously have a grasp of languages, why have you placed so much emphasis on learning them.
Explain about the importance of understanding those you are operating with, how it helps facilitate the operation and the respect you gain by conversing in the local language. With regard to the team leader position that you can use your language skills to help educate the team in the dominant language where you will be operating.
There may also be some more generic questions about your experiences
1. Why did you leave your last job / why you are looking to leave your current role?
In this question explain about how you left, or are looking to leave, to further your career and expand your experiences. Don't mention anything negative about your previous company or personnel you worked with.
2. What would you say your weaknesses are?
For this question highlight areas that although weakness's can also be your strengths. For example, meticulous attention to detail which although very time consuming, does ensure smooth running of the operation. Or sometimes you may be a little intolerant of those around you that may not be performing, but only because you like to work to such high standards.
3. What do you feel you would bring to this company?
This is a classic question, a real opportunity to sell yourself to a potential employer and one you can have scripted up well in advance. Use all the key personal attribute buzz words such as hard working, team player, adaptable, great communicator. But also ensure you talk about previous experiences that would benefit the company and make sure it is relevant to the role you are interviewing for. For example how you went about training the team in your current role and what you would do to improve the operational effectiveness of the team if you were to get the position. Or how you have gained broad experiences in your career operating in a number of countries with differing threat levels so bring could bring a wide range of knowledge to the role.
4. Can you outline a situation involving a hostile act where you showed particular leadership in helping to resolve the issue?
It makes sense that if you are interviewing for a hostile environment role that you make this question relevant, so outline a situation you experienced in a hostile environment. Talk about how the situation evolved, what you did to resolve it, but also what action you took after such as counselling those involved or writing a lessons learnt report so it didn't happen again.
5. What style of leadership and management would you say suits the way you work?
You need to show you are aware of differing leadership styles, for example autocratic, democratic and laissez-faire. How you adapt them to the job, the people and environment you are operating in.
6. Can you outline a particularly stressful situation that you have been in, how you went about resolving it and coming to terms with it afterwards?
Describe the situation, what you did to reduce or remove the stress and measures you put in place to come to terms with it or ensure it didn't happen again. You can use a professional or personal example here.
7. What experiences do you have working with personnel who may have very limited use of English as a language?
Talk about work with local or third country nationals. How you have used your languages capabilities to converse or find common ground as a means of communicating when neither of you speak the same language.
8. Why have you decided to have a career in protective services?
Explain why you have chosen a career in protection but also show enthusiasm and determination to succeed. What you aim to do to progress your career and how you will benefit the company you are interviewing for if you get the role.
You may also get some other questions to show you have an understanding of wider security and international affairs
1. What do you think is the greatest threat to national security?
Show your knowledge on national interests and the potential security concerns in the current climate, but also any emerging trends you have seen. Ensure your view is balanced and be analytical in how you think you could reduce or remove the threat.
2. What do you think is the greatest threat to the 2014 World Cup?
Show your knowledge on international affairs and that you have an understanding of a wide range of issues effecting international security. Ensure your view is balanced and be analytical in how you think you could reduce remove the threat.
3. What do you think causes the greatest instability in the Middle East?
Show your knowledge on Middle Eastern security. How the situation in one country affects the situation in another. How the countries are affiliated and supporting each other. The affect of the Arab spring. Also mention the different personalities and give a view on issues the region may be faced with in the future and how it could affect the role you are applying for.
There may also be more generic questions and some to see how personable you are
1. What's your biggest achievement in your working life?
Describe the achievement, how it came about, why it means so much to you and what you have learnt from it.
2. What do you like to do when you are not working?
This is to see how personable you are, talk about your family, friends and leisure interests.
3. Where do you see yourself in three years time?
You need to show that you want to progress and particularly that you can see yourself within the company you are interviewing with. Talk about personal development, education, and how you are planning on getting to the next step in your career with their company.
It is also important you have some questions prepared for the interviewers
1. What opportunities are there for progression within the company?
Ensure you have an idea of the roles you would be interested in that are available in the company, why you see yourself in those roles and what you would do in order to achieve them.
2. Does the company have any plans for expansion into other operating environments or to grow the current contract in the country i am interviewing for?
This shows you are keen to learn about the company, but also that you see yourself having a future with them.
3. How does the company promote personal education and career development?
Ensure you have an idea of what you would like to do to progress your career and develop, but also how this would benefit the company you are interviewing for.
It is essential that you plan your career in the security industry, setting yourself an ultimate goal and outlining how you are going to go about achieving this. This can be something specific such as being a security consultant or close protection team leader. It is important to understand where you are currently in your career, and In order to achieve your ultimate goal what it is you have to do to reach it.
Current Position - Close Protection Operator
Ultimate Goal - Security Consultant
Aims in order to achieve the ultimate goal
The three year plan is a great tool to help guide you through your career, however there will be obstacles in your way such as changes to lifestyle, money and time. The plan should be a live document, a continuous work in progress, one that you keep adjusting and adapting to your current personal situation. Don't be adverse to advancing your career outside of your three year plan or putting it on hold if you have a baby for example. Just adjust your ultimate goal and your timeline before working towards it all over again using the same structured process that you implemented in the first place.
It is important that as a security operator you understand the theory behind the role in which you are employed. That way you can ensure how you operate is adapted to the changing situation, threat level or country you are working in.
Equally important through is that you have an understanding of political and economical world affairs as these have a direct impact on the security situation internationally and therefore your employment. It will aid you in ensuring you are trained appropriately to work in the next area of the globe to see sustained conflict or to start learning a language in order to communicate in that region. By staying abreast of international affairs you may identify the next conflict region before it happens therefore staying ahead of your peers in spotting employment opportunities.
It is also important to converse at a level with your principle in which they can relate to. So in addition to having an understanding of international affairs it is important to have knowledge on health, the environment, the arts, theatre, literature, food, prominent people, science, music and travel. Importantly you should be balanced in your views and ensure they don't cause offence to those around you.
The Security Advisor would like to recommend the following publications:
Close Protection, A closer observation of the protection equation
Arguably the most relevant and accurate interpretation of the close protection industry. This book provides a no-holds barred depiction of close protection containing specialist advice and guidance gained from operating at the pinnacle of both government and commercial CP operations around the world. Due to the sensitive nature of the book it remains the only book concerning close protection that was required to be submitted to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence for clearance prior to publication.
The Week is a great publication for those who want to know what is going on around the world but don't have the time to read a daily broadsheet from cover to cover. It offers an excellent summary of international political and economical news including analysis on those stories from various contributors to give you a balanced view on what is being reported. Also they cover other informative topics like health, the environment, the arts, theatre, literature, food, prominent people, science, music and travel to give you a real breadth of knowledge in one easy to read publication.
It makes a big difference to a potential employer if you've done your training with a reputable training provider, so make sure you do your research before committing to a course. It will also ensure you have a solid grounding on which to build your experience.
When you're unemployed your full time job becomes finding employment. Therefore structure it that way, set yourself up with the tools you need, set hours to work including breaks and give yourself rewards for good work.
Your cover letter should be a summary of the most pertinent points from the CV (experience, skills and qualifications), tailored to the job description and company you are sending it to.
One of the greatest annoyances to a potential employer or recruiter is a generic cover letter, make sure you tailor it towards the company and job role you are applying for.
When using networking sites liked CP World and LinkedIn, remember your first introduction can be as important as your first impression at an interview. Calling yourself MadPara1 or writing a blog that is misspelt with poor grammar is as off putting to potential employers as turning up to an interview in jeans and a t-shirt.
Less than 1% of people signed up to social networking groups actually play an active role. The majority just prefer to view the information available, therefore you also need to keep the other 99% of the forum onside as you never know when you might be asking them for employment.
Put together a one, three and five year plan setting realistic goals along the way to achieve and help you progress to the position you want.
Don't just post on forums that you are available for work and expect the employers to come to you. Get out there and network, send a CV and cover letter to employers but make sure it is tailored to each individual one and follow it up with a phone call.
Companies do check out your social networking profiles prior to employment so if you don't want them to, keep your privacy settings tight.
Be realistic when applying for roles, make sure you suit the criteria required. Applying for roles where you don't suit the criteria or job description requested could leave you blacklisted with that company.
One of the easiest ways to get into the industry is through friends and Colleagues so let everyone you know who is working in protective services that you are available for work.
Christmas is a great time to get into the industry as operators leave contracts prior to going back for their Christmas rotations, so keep the quality job applications going in over that period and your online CV's and social media updated.