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How Do I Become a Loss Prevention Supervisor?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Loss prevention (LP) is the process of investigating shrinkage, theft, or loss of products in a retail establishment. An LP supervisor is a person who manages the LP department, which may consist of several associates, depending on the size of the store. If you want to become a loss prevention supervisor, you will very likely need to start at an LP associate first. You may work as security personnel, or you may work in a direct LP capacity such as monitoring security cameras. ON-the job training in order to become a loss prevention supervisor.

A high school diploma is usually required, so if you want to become a loss prevention supervisor, you will need to complete high school. A college degree is usually not necessary, though some employers may prefer candidates with some college experience. If you have previous retail experience or security experience, you may have a leg up on the competition when searching for an LP job. You will need to apply for the position, and while many establishments will have an application for you to fill out, it is always a good idea to write a resume and submit it with the application. This shows a potential employer that you are organized, professional, and committed to your work.

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After you have secured an position, you should expect to spend several years working in an loss prevention department before you can become a loss prevention supervisor. Supervisors are generally more experienced employees who have been thoroughly trained both in loss prevention techniques and managerial skills. Employers very often require a candidate to have worked in the field for five years or more before he or she can become a loss prevention supervisor, so be prepared to put in your time in the industry before you expect a promotion.

To increase your chances to become a loss prevention supervisor, you can take several steps before you apply for a job. Employers often prefer candidates with experience in security or law enforcement, so you can seek out employment in these areas. You may also consider earning a criminal justice degree, as this is relevant. Training in self-defense, first aid, CPR, and communications techniques are all good ways to improve your resume as well as your chances of getting hired in a loss prevention department. Do some research into various job listings, and take note of the requirements employers post for candidates. This will give you a guide as to what qualifications you should seek out.

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