Ernesto Weisburg was just 21 years old when he knew that he wanted to become a private investigator (PI). After seeing an ad posted in the New York times recruiting students to become private investigators, he decided to give it a chance. He joined the school and never looked back.
Weisburg recalls his initial days as a private investigator with fond memories. He remembers learning a lot about himself, the career path of a PI, and about others.
“You get to meet a lot of people,” says Weisburg.
While you get to meet a lot of people and the career of a private investigator is rewarding and exciting, it can also be difficult. According to Weisburg, it requires a lot of patience and determination to become a private investigator.
Weisburg remembers when he worked undercover in a warehouse. He says, “You need to be discreet so that people give you the information you need without suspecting that you’re a PI.”
To become a private investigator, you need to be discreet and you need a whole set of relevant skills. You need patience, attention to detail and sound judgment among other things to become a professional private investigator.
Here is a short list of just some of the skills that private investigators need to hone and develop.
Observation: Private investigators need to be able to observe their surroundings. Sounds pretty easy right? Well, it may not always be as easy as it sounds. Private investigators often have to spend hours staring at a single location and waiting for a person to emerge. It can be stressful and exhausting at times, and it often takes a long wait before you can get to the heart of the action.
Photo and Video Skills: Private investigators are often asked by their clients to produce evidence, and photo and video surveillance is just one way to gather that evidence. For this reason, PIs need photo and video skills. It’s about more than just being able to use a camera, too. Private investigators should be able to capture moving targets without being seen and should position themselves in a place where they can capture quality footage.
Technology Skills: Today, private investigators need to at least be digitally proficient. PIs should know how to use video surveillance tools, computers and GPS trackers. Depending on which type of private investigation you specialize in, you may require even more technical knowledge. Some private investigators are required to know their way around digitized data banks and should be able to use remote surveillance equipment too.
Communication Skills: Communication skills are absolutely essential for a private investigator. As a PI, you will be required to communicate with your clients or relay information back to your agency in a clear and detailed manner. For this reason, written and verbal communication skills are a must. Private investigators also need to also be aware of social cues and have a solid understanding of their environment in order to maintain cover and confidentiality.
Organization Skills: Organization skills are required for private investigators. PIs are often required to work on multiple cases at once and are expected to keep clear and accurate records of their work. They should be able to produce information and cite knowledge of the past with clarity and accuracy.
Over the last two decades of Ernesto Weisburg’s career, he mentions that he had a lot of fun and gained valuable work and life experience. His next goal is to open multiple private investigation agencies.
In Weisburg’s spare time, he also volunteers at church as a minister and hopes to open a church of his own someday too.
“It will take a lot of work and effort to do that, but I will keep working towards my dream.” To learn more about Ernesto Weisburg, you can visit his WordPress blog.