Lot of expats are looking at Security Contractor Jobs owing to the potential high pay. It is true that there are risks involved, so you need to assess the situation carefully.
Higher Paychecks, More Risks: The job can take different forms. These include being a security manager, protecting the headquarters of a company or escorting / guarding endangered animals.
Some of the highest paying jobs involve guarding political figures, ambassadors and other personalities. You can expect even higher salaries if assigned to hotspots like Afghanistan or Iraq. On high risk jobs, you will make at least $1,000 every day you are at work.
Stay Informed: The demand for these jobs depends on local / International political situations. If geopolitical tensions spring up, the demand will go up suddenly. That is why it is important to stay abreast of the news. Things may be quiet for a while then suddenly something happens.
Networking Skills: Young Indians need to know people who work in this industry. A lot of these firms avoid publicity. Those who have experience working as security aids can help you a lot. The next best option is the Internet. There are several sites that provide security work or help you get in touch with them.
Other Information on Getting Jobs Abroad: If you want overseas contract jobs, be certain you apply at a registered company. Your home country keeps a list of licensed recruitment firms. Do not deal with a company if they are not included on this list. If you really want to work in that country, look for another company.
Go Through Legitimate Channels: Do not accept offers if you are required to bypass government procedures. It is illegal. Even worse is you may no longer be under their protection. If trouble flares up where you work, you will not be on the priority list of the government; the legitimate workers will be.
You should also read the contract. Go over the fine print. The firm may say you will be paid X amount of dollars. But does it say how you will be paid? Will it be on a regular basis or based on project availability?
The salary is not the only thing you should look at. What are the other benefits? Is there a housing allowance? Is there travel allowance? What about insurance? If you are applying for a high risk job, these extra features will be important.