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COVID19 To-Do List: Things to Benefit Yourself During Down-Time

COVID19 To-Do List: Things to Benefit Yourself During Down-Time

During the downtime that many are facing during travel restrictions, etc. caused by COVID19, there is plenty of time to catch up on administrative tasks. This list is meant to be a thought-producing guideline of sorts to get you on track on staying productive during your downtime.

  1. Update your Resumé or CV
    Here is a great link to get you started: https://www.lasorsa.com/2015/09/08/resume-cover-letter-template/
    Here is a great publication from The Circuit Magazine: The Ultimate Guide to a Winning CV
  2. Update Your Web Site and Work on Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    These links have been instrumental in our online success. I am sure you will find them helpful:

  3. Work on Getting New Licenses
    Use this link to find licensing boards: https://www.lasorsa.com/2015/12/29/security-licensing-boards-information-by-state/
  4. Build Your Brand and Network on Social Media
    These links are extremely helpful for Social Media Marketing and Branding

  5. Work on Getting Better at Video Conferencing
    Right now, video conferencing is more common than every before, read up on helpful tips to make the most of it:
    Tips for Improving Communication During Video Conferencing from Joe Navarro, a 25-year veteran of the FBI and is the author of ‘What Every BODY is Saying.’ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/spycatcher/202003/tips-improving-communication-during-video-conferencing?amp
  6. Build Your Resumé with Professional Education, for Free
    Here is a great list for free online training courses for security professionals:
    FEMA: Until Help Arrives
    https://community.fema.gov/until-help-arrives#wbt
    IS-914: Surveillance Awareness: What You Can Do
    https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-914
    IS-244.B: Developing and Managing Volunteers
    https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-244.b
    IS-106.16: Workplace Violence Awareness Training
    https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-106.16
    IS-906: Workplace Security Awareness
    https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-906
    IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do
    https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-907
    IS-235.C: Emergency Planning
    https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-235.c
    IS-240.B: Leadership and Influence
    https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-240.b
    IS-241.B: Decision Making and Problem Solving
    https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-241.b
    IS-242.B: Effective Communication
    https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-242.b
    IS-230.D: Fundamentals of Emergency Management
    https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-230.d
    IS-546.A: Continuity of Operations Awareness Course
    https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-546.a
    IS-454: Fundamentals of Risk Management
    https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-454
    Emergency Management Institute Professional Development Series
    https://training.fema.gov/is/searchis.aspx?search=PDS
    Counter-Terror ACT Awareness eLearning
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/act-awareness-elearning
    Terrorism and Counterterrorism: An Introduction
    https://www.edx.org/course/terrorism-and-counterterrorism-an-introduction
  7. Work Towards a New Certification, Such as the ASIS CPP
    CPP Study Materials: https://www.lasorsa.com/2015/07/19/cpp-reference-study-materials/
    How to Pass The CPP In Six Weeks: https://www.epnexus.com/executive-protection-blog/how-to-pass-the-asis-cpp-exam-in-6-weeks
    Register for a CPP Review Course: https://www.asisonline.org/professional-development/education/cpp-review-courses/
  8. Get All of Your Professional Documents Updated and Ready
    Ensure you have the following current, and immediately available electronically:

    • Resume, licenses, certificates, LEO credentials, etc. Preferably combined into a reduced-size pdf
    • Update and complete a LinkedIn profile and claim your name as your URL. Have it ready to copy/paste
    • Have a short paragraph, in plain text, detailing your work experience, licenses, certs, and contact information ready to copy/paste
    • Have a signed and completed W9 ready electronically: Download a W9 form here: https://www.lasorsa.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/W9-form.pdf
    • Have your references compiled and ready to copy/paste
    • Have a professional looking headshot and full-body photo
    • Have your driver’s license and passport scanned and instantly available electronically
    • Have an invoice template ready to fill in
    • Label your documents like a professional: I.E. “LastName, FirstName – W9 2020.pdf”
    • When working as a subcontractor, use a generic email address, such as firstname.lastname@gmail.com
    • Create a ‘contact card’ in your phone for yourself by creating a contact with your info so you are able to share it to someone easily. Include your name, photo, location/services, mobile # and email
    • Tip: You can compile this information in an email, send it to yourself, and simply forward it when you need to send it to someone else. You can also compile this information into a ‘note’ on an iPhone to easily send when needed.

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Joseph M. LaSorsa, CPP® is currently a senior partner managing and conducting: Protective Operations Training Courses, Executive Protection & Bodyguard Services, Risk Management Consultations & Seminars, Security Expert Witness Testimony, Workplace Violence Prevention Seminars & Intervention Services, Security Consultations & Seminars, Private Investigations and Technical Surveillance Counter-Measures with LaSorsa & Associates – an International Protection, Investigations & Consulting Firm. https://www.linkedin.com/in/josephmlasorsa

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