Help wanted

I'm supposed to lead two panels at ESX in June. One of them, focusing on succession planning for installation companies, is all set. However, the other, focusing on recruiting young and new talent into installation companies, is as yet not full. Seriously, why is it so hard to find someone who's relatively new to the security industry and isn't a field tech. Isn't there a single executive in the installation/integration community who didn't start out plugging stuff in when he was 15? If anyone is relatively new to the industry, works for an installer/integrator, and would be interested in talking about how you were recruited into the industry (or how you came to security in general), drop me a line. I'm struggling.


I work for a growing security integrator, and we have been successful in recruiting young, talented salespeople into our business model over the past couple of years. I belive it has to do with the fact that we focus primarily on IP Video integration (and of course Access Control & everything low-voltage). Although I do not consider myself young, 33 y/o, I am youthful compared to my peers and especially from my prior employers (average age at least 45). We tend to do the recruiting ourselves with like-minded talented people who have enough of a network understanding to stand on their own two feet, which is important since we are always engaging network-IT-IS- related customers daily. Send me a message sometime if you'd like to chat...ML

I'm only 26- reasonably youthfull, I suppose- but I have been in the industry for nearly 12 years now (who needs high school?).

I'm also in sales, having 'retired' from the installation business 2 years ago (I got too old to run around the projects armed with nothing more than a ladder).

Yeah, see, Cameraman? You're the guy who started plugging stuff in when he was 15 and worked his way up. Cool, for sure, and the industry is great for offering upward mobility, but the story I'm looking to tell is the opposite, a 26-year-old who looked at the security industry, having been somewhere, and said, "Hey, that's a good career path over there."