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5 Ways To Network In The Australian Security Industry


June 18, 2024

Networking is essential in most industries, and the Australian security sector is no exception. The more connections you can establish in your field, and the wider you build your network, the more opportunities you’ll find. But knowing where to start can be tricky. Here are a few ways we at Guardhouse navigate networking in the Australian security industry.

  1. Attend Industry Conferences and Events

Conferences and industry events are goldmines for networking opportunities. They bring together a wide range of professionals, from security guards to industry leaders, providing a platform to exchange ideas and learn about the latest trends. Events like Venue Safety & Security Exchange (VSX) or ASIAL’s Security Industry Breakfast Briefings are hubs for knowledgable security professionals. Never underestimate the power of even a short conversation at an industry event – you could make an impression that pays dividends later on.

  1. Join Professional Associations

Professional associations offer a structured environment for networking and professional development. They provide access to exclusive events, resources, and a community of peers. Consider joining an association like the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL), of which Guardhouse is a member, the Security Providers Association of Australia Limited (SPAAL), or ASIS International Australia. You can participate in meetings and committees, and utilise their online forums to network with other members.

  1. Leverage Social Media and Online Platforms

Online platforms extend your reach beyond geographical limitations, allowing you to connect with a broader audience and stay updated on industry developments. The simplest way to get started with social media is to create a professional presence on LinkedIn. Posting regularly, interacting with others in your industry, and providing thought leadership content are all great ways to network online. Search for key industry players and organisations on LinkedIn, and don’t hesitate to reach out to introduce yourself.

  1. Engage in Continued Education and Training

Attending regular training programs and workshops is not only an opportunity to learn, but also to meet like-minded professionals who are committed to their career development. Whether it’s required training for a new technology, or a workshop to brush up on industry knowledge, these events are usually attended by peers in the industry who you’ll have the chance to network with in group discussions.

  1. Participate in Industry Publications and Blogs

Contributing your knowledge to industry publications and blogs doesn’t just establish your authority as a thought-leader, but it also connects you to others within the industry who are similarly interested. You can do this through writing and submitting articles, opinion pieces, or case studies to industry magazines or websites. Don’t forget to engage with readers in the comments and through social media – it’s a great way to expand your network further.

Networking in the Australian security industry requires a proactive approach, and a genuine interest in building relationships with your peers. By engaging in some or even all of these suggestions, we’re confident that you’ll see your professional network expand in no time. Remember, effective networking is about mutual benefit and building lasting, meaningful connections.

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