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Interesting Career Path of a Private Investigator

Aug 17, 2007
If you want to be a private investigator, there is a series of steps that you will have to take in order to start your career. This is true for any professional career, so knowing what you have to do to pay your dues ahead of time will save you some grief down the road.

1. Find out what your state requires of private investigators. You may need to take a course or a licensing exam, and you will definitely need a background check. You will need to look at a state agency for this such as secretary of state, department of justice, and so on. If you don't know where to look, call a general number and they will point you in the right direction.

2. Get to know standard law and legal practice. If you have no knowledge in this area, either reconsider career choices, or get some. Take some courses in Criminal Justice at your local community college. Some classes on Civil Procedures will be important as well. If you have taken an actual private investigators course, you will already have covered this.

3. Be prepared to work for someone at first. The reason for this is you will not have much luck getting clients if you don't have credibility. Establishing experience and a good track record are key to successful careers in this business, so working for someone else for a little while will go a long way in terms of getting your own clients down the road.

4. Set a budget. The reason for this step is your initial pay is not going to be very high, ensure you can survive on about $15.00/hr. In your budget include hours you will not be paid for. This is a career with a lot of empty overtime, so bank on that.

5. Establish a fantastic resume and cover letter play up all of your skills and put any extra reading you do on your "hobbies" section.

6. Look for some investigators in your area and send them your resume. You may find some directories on the Internet, or you can simply look in the Yellow Pages. Be willing to relocate, it will make you more hirable.

7. Make sure you have access to or even better, own the following equipment: camera with telephoto lens, video camera, car, computer, fax, and cell phone. These are all standard private investigator tools, and you will add to your marketability to be employed if you already own them. Since they will be work related, you can write them off on your taxes.

8. Try to find a job in a Federal Agency such as the FBI, Secret Service, CIA, etc. This is not easy, and applying is a job all in itself, but they are all very good career choices. If you still want to go out on your own after this, you will have very good credibility as a private investigator.
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Ajeet Khurana writes about many esoteric topics. He recommends: Skip Tracing Techniques, Official Spies and Skip Tracing.
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