Security services personnel are an important component of public safety. Experience in this field can be a great gateway to sworn law enforcement or a rewarding career in itself. Read more from guest blogger, Allison Brenner of the Professional Career Development Institute.
It goes without saying that people in security careers are vital to the safety and order of everyday life. But because these types of jobs, from airport security to store detectives, are so important, they aren’t necessarily the easiest to get. Lots of time, training, and work goes into getting those positions. Even so, there are some qualities and actions that can help you in working toward a career in security.
- Customer service skills are an important thing to demonstrate to your future employer. As a security officer, you will be dealing with a variety of people and if necessary, impacting their lives.
- Be able to show that you have all of your required paperwork and training completed. In some states, it is required a security guard complete a certain number of hours of training before they can even apply for a position. Sometimes this training is done in a security services school whereas others can just be done at a police academy. Other States require that a certain amount of paperwork be finished too, such as fingerprint scans and other certifications.
- List references you know will be supportive of you. Write down former bosses and coworkers who you have worked well with and gotten along with as your references. Also, make sure you tell these people you wrote them down so if the new company calls, your references aren’t blindsided.
- Go into the interview knowing what the job entails and what would be expected of you. The more prepared you are the more you will be able to tell the employer that you know you can do that job.
- Do your research into what division of security careers you want to enter. Remember, not all security jobs are the same so some require more schooling or training than others. Also, more goes into becoming an armed guard due to the special responsibilities that go into carrying a weapon.
As Uncle Ben said in the Spiderman series, “with great power comes great responsibility,” and while getting a job in security services is challenging, it is a rewarding and important position. Following these tips, as well as your own knowledge and determination will help you to succeed.
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