Assess Your Skills to Advance Your Career
By the Security Executive Council
When was the last time you sat down to take a good hard look at your own skills and experience as a security leader?
Many of us don't engage in self-assessments until job searches force us to. But assessing your competencies has benefits beyond interview prep. It can help you determine what training and experience you can pursue today that might advance your career and your organizational goals now and down the road.
One challenge with self-assessments is that it's often hard to see gaps in your skill sets because you can't know what you don't know. That's why we've created this worksheet to help guide your process. It lists useful and expected competencies by category of security program, so you can gauge your skill level and experience level and identify potential gaps.
Use the following worksheet as a sample to guide your process. (The full version of this resource includes 13 categories; we've included two here as an example. Not all categories will apply.)
Consider your existing role in your organization and begin with the categories that fit that role. Then think about your security program's roadmap and your company's strategic plan. Into which categories might your expertise need to expand in the future to enable growth in planned directions?
Think about your career. Where would you like to be in five years? Ten? Which categories might benefit your rise to your ideal position or organization?
This worksheet can also be used to assess potential new hires and staff that is new to you when you've transitioned to a new leadership role.
The full self assessment is a work in progress that currently includes 13 categories: Investigations; Physical Security; Procedural Controls; Proprietary Information; International Operations; Program Management; Governance and Policy; Business Conduct & Ethics; IT Security; Supply Chain Security; Business Continuity & Crisis Management; HR Security; and U.S. Legal Regulatory Requirements. Which categories would be most helpful in your own career and organization? To talk about the categories not included here, contact us.
Need help finding resources designed to help security leaders address the gaps they find? We can help. Contact us to discuss your needs.
For more resources on this topic see Corporate Security Career: Career Development
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Copyright Security Executive Council. Last Updated: October 18, 2019
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