Champion National Security is one of the fastest growing security providers in the country. We need to fill positions all the time and we’re looking for new Champions to promote and grow with us, which means we give a lot of thought to what kind of employee is ready to go the distance. The best way to set yourself up for job growth, whether with Champion or at any job, is to first master the basics and then seek more.
“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your work. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.” - Octavia Butler
Mastering the basics is about understanding the principles and practicing them daily to produce the best results! Remove distractions and stick to the motions that will keep you on the right trajectory toward success. You’ll always have the capacity to dream if you’re a dreamer, but first you need to get to the next step.
The unequivocal catalyst of success is focus and that applies to any job. A great example is star athletes. The best of the best athletes, just like the best of the best salespeople, are focused on the fundamentals. Even at the height of his career, Kobe Bryant was in the gym at 4:00 am practicing free throws.
Security guards have to keep up the practice, too. Security work is very important and very challenging, but 99 percent of the time, nothing goes wrong. Don’t get complacent. You have to keep mastering the basics so that when that 1 percent happens, you’re on and ready to deal with it. A security guard that can do that is the difference between an officer and a Champion officer.
Here are the things to stay focused on.
Be on time
In any job this is the first thing you should master, but in security services, this is particularly important because there are assets and people involved. People rely on you for safety as well as the illusion of safety. If you’re late, all of the people depending on you feel less safe.
Choose to be proud in your uniform. Your day can go either way: good or bad. You have to make the decision that you’re going to make the best out of the day and make the most of how far you’ve come. This shows in your voice, in your attitude and in your dress. Be proud.
Understand that you’re in a company full of people and people are imperfect. We might miss your talent or your skills. Be vocal with your supervisor about your goals. Speak up about what you want to do with this job opportunity and we can guarantee that will be put on the table. Also, imagine how many productive conversations can come just from you saying where you want to be. They might include harder topics like areas of growth, but don’t be afraid of that. We’re here to empower growth. We're here to see you to the next level.
Be proactive about what you need to grow and learn. If, for example, your goal is to become a field supervisor, ask for what you need and acquire new skills to get you there. Expand your knowledge. Reach for stuff. Don’t just come to work.
Getting started on practicing these fundamentals is the hard part. The first 30 days are the most difficult when you’re putting new habits into place. Know that it’s going to be a challenge. It’s like when you start at a gym and look around and see everyone lifting and running more than you, but they’re already far into it and you’re just getting started. Understand that it’s not going to feel good everyday, but you’re going to build layer by layer. Drive through it and keep focusing.
After 30 days, you will have built that muscle memory and you’ll be achieving, producing and contributing value. When you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll find yourself running circles around other people and you won’t even feel like you’re working as hard. By continuing to practice them, you’ll continue in that growth. Soon supervisors will be coming to you for advice and there will be promotions and awards. You’ll not only be a Champion, you’ll be building Champions to replace you as you move up.
There’s so much wasted opportunity out there between people who don’t do the work to master the fundamentals and companies who don’t focus on building people up. At Champion, our second core value after “People Matter Much” is “Empowering Growth” for our people.
I love this company because we're really trying harder than anyone to do better and be better. It's a great opportunity for someone to come in and master the basics. I can’t put enough emphasis on how ready we are for the next Champion to come through the door because that’s who we are. It’s in our DNA.
If you’re ready to master the basics and grow with us, check out our current openings and fill out an application here.