So if you actually want a job in bail enforcement…
You need to show up in regular street clothes . By regular I mean casual, not chaps and a feather in your hair. Do not wear your body armor and tactical vest with the cross draw holster into my office ! You will be asked to leave immediately!
You should have a resume and references, a copy of your driver’s license and any other license ( i.e. concealed carry , pepper spray , asp , handcuffing , etc) . Most states require a bail enforcement license. If you have this great, if not that’s ok also.
Most bondsman are willing to train the right person. If you are former military or law enforcement list it on the resume. You should not brag about how you are a jump rated Para ninja. You may get the chance to prove yourself later…
Bail enforcement is a lot of really boring time consuming work. You should have the ability to use a computer and write legibly. A lot of the work is done from the desk and the phone. There is a lot of social engineering involved so having the ability to be nice on the phone and in person is a plus.A good grasp of social media , MySpace, Facebook , Twitter etc. helps but is not mandatory. Be willing to do grunt work in the office , answer phones, make coffee, do address checks and so on .
There is money to be made in this field, but the numbers of full time professional bail enforcement agents that make six figure salaries are very few; probably less than ten in the whole country. I only know of one. I know of a bunch of wannabes that have claimed this over the years. But they don’t last long and usually end up in prison. (That’s another post about the ins and outs of the laws of each state)
Most agents have another job and work on cases as needed. You will either be on a commission basis meaning if you don’t find the person then you don’t get paid. Some companies pay a flat rate per pickup. I also usually get the agent to sign a do not compete and hold harmless agreement.
The hiring of a agent is a big risk for the bonding company, we want to make sure that if we do hire you we are not going to lose our home and livelihood for some cowboy. Your future boss has a lot to lose and little to gain from hiring you. So be prepared to be told no and not to take it personally.. Come back every few months just to say hello. That shows that you are committed and are really interested. I never hire a agent right off the street.. If I am interested I will take you on few pickups as the driver and paper holder. You have to earn the right to go through a door with me.
So if this sounds like something that appeals to you . Do your homework . Find a company that writes good bonds and has a good reputation, approach them and see what happens. You never know, I might just need someone tonight.
Ben has worked in lots of different job from a cook to security guard. He has been a bail bondsman for over 10 years, he currently lives in West Virginia with his family and animals.