How To Get A Job As A Security Guard
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How to Get A Job As A Security Guard

Just about any place you look you will see someone providing security of some type. Inside banks and high end retail stores, armored transport vehicles, large parking areas and of course the infamous “Mall Cop” are all very visible security positions. There are also a great number of security guard jobs that are not quite as well known. Heavily populated areas such as casino floors, sports arenas and pretty much any location where large numbers of people commonly gather are typically surveyed by cameras, typically have a live video feed sent to a room full of TV monitors which are under the watchful eye of security personnel.

Steps Towards Employment as a Security Guard

So just what does it take to get one of these Security jobs? Depending on your background and experience, any number of these position could be open to you.

Believe it or not, there are in fact entry level security positions. Of course you would not be guarding the Hope Diamond, but we all have to start someplace. For the inexperienced, with a clean criminal record, many security agencies that provide general, unarmed crowd security and monitoring, will hire someone with little more than a background check and proof of US citizenship.

Requirements for Security Guard Work

Most require all their security personal, regardless of experience, to take a general security guard training course, typically at your own expense, but these courses are usually not expensive. Any additional security training that may be required is typically provided by the hiring agency. A high school diploma is often required, but not in all cases. The jobs the inexperienced get are at the bottom of the security guard food chain, but they do get your foot in the door. The starting salaries are often pretty competitive as well, considering the lack of experience and job history required, and are usually very reliable positions.

For those that have a background in law enforcement, the security field provides excellent opportunities for a wide array of jobs, both armed and unarmed. If you do not have any law enforcement background, taking a college course in criminal justice can prove to be very helpful in advancing and securing a better paying position (more on this here). And by virtue of the experience gained in an entry level security position, more opportunities will soon present themselves.

Finding a Job as a Security Guard

Where to look for a security job? It's always recommended to begin searching via your local area online job boards, there many security positions are typically posted. There are a number of security guard resources online that will provide guidance, such as this one. You can also take a more direct route and simply ask a security guard who he or she works for and go from there. Even with all the online training courses and job board options, nothing can replace the effectiveness of personal face-to-face networking, especially in an environment where trust and security are so highly valued.


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