How to get your foot in the door as a bounty hunter

This is the most common issue that I’m asked about. There are people out there that want to do this job very badly but just don’t know how to go about it. I get private messages and emails from people regularly asking if I know where they can turn to find a job as a bounty hunter but the truth is, I wouldn’t refer someone that I didn’t know. So, my short answer is always, just keep looking.

That may seem like a heartless approach but there is a reason. Bail bonding can be a very dog eat dog business. If you need somebody to hand you a job then you may not have the skills that are needed to do the job. Not to sound callous but most agents in this industry are very self-sufficient. Most people that are good at this job think out of the box. There’s nothing wrong with needing a hand up but if you are coming with no experience and no related history it may be better that you weren’t referred.

I have a friend that works as a PI, whenever he’s looking to pick up a new and lucrative client, he seeks out a case and presents it to the potential client, which is usually a law firm. Often times he solves a problem that the client didn’t even know they had. This method has proven to be very effective for him. He doesn’t always get the client but he almost always gets paid for the information the he has. Don’t miss understand, I’m not suggesting that you go out and start catching people without being hired to do so, that would be dangerous and irresponsible, it’s simply an example of out of the box thinking. I would be willing to bet though, if you asked any bondsman who all they are looking for and were able to locate and report back to the bondsman where a few of the people are, I bet it wouldn’t take long before they started hiring you and training you. This is just one way that I would go about getting into the industry.

You need to have something to bring to the table. If not a special skill then at least a tangible skill that adds to the value of the company or team. That’s skill may be the gift of gab. You may be able to talk information out of people that others cant. You may be exceptionally good at digging info up on the internet. Figure out what you are good at and present it to a potential employer as an asset. One of the biggest assets in my opinion is someone that is rooted in the community and knows who is who. The more diverse a team or company is, the more successful they are and the more value they have. You should be able to add to that value.

All of that aside. Most people glamorize this job because of what they perceive that we do on a daily basis. They watch a tv show, a movie or “reality” tv on bounty hunters and think that it would be a cool job. Don’t get me wrong, it is a cool job but its not as action packed and  hi speed as you might think it is. But, that’s a story for another article.

If you are really determined to get into this line of work, be persistent, get licensed and find someone to hire you. I once had an employee that got hired because he called me once a week and asked me if I had an opening yet. He called me for 2 months and I gave him a chance simply because he was persistent. He wound up being an awesome employee until he had some major health issues and had to stop working.

Getting a job in this field is really no different than any other.

1. Have something to bring to the table

2. Show ambition

3. Be persistent

With those 3 things, you can get into any career field.

Good luck on your search!

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