If you’re seeking employment as a security guard, sending in a standard resume may not be good enough for some security companies, especially ones that have high standards. In order to stand out from the sea of security guard job applications that some security guard companies receive, you will need to make sure that you have the credentials and skills that can separate you from the pack.
Here are some of the best tips to follow:
Have Medical Training
Having medical training can secure your employment as a security guard. That’s why you should have up-to-date certifications in both CPR and First Aid. Many employers like to have security guards that will be able to handle medical emergencies until the EMTs arrive, especially since it can be the difference between life and death in some situations.
Knowing that there’s a security guard that’s present that will be able to administer CPR, for example, can be extremely beneficial to one’s job prospects. If you have previously received certifications in CPR and/or First Aid in the past, make sure that they’re up to date.
Have Combat Training
Every security guard, no matter the job position, should have some degree of combat training. After all, what good is a security guard if he or she doesn’t know how to properly subdue an assailant or to defend either him or herself or others from a violent attack. This doesn’t mean that you have to be a mixed martial artist, but if you have received some certification in hand-to-hand combat, it’ll go a long way towards differentiating yourself from others on a job application.
Have the Relevant Firearm Licenses
Not all private security guards that are hired need to have a gun license, since unarmed security guard job positions certainly do exist. But keep in mind that if you’re not licensed to carry firearms, you are significantly lessening the security job opportunities that are available to you. Also it’s important to remember that if you’re going to list the fact that you’re licensed to carry a firearm, you will need to have it in the state that you’re going to be working in, since each state has their own set of laws.
Be Tech Savvy
The more tech savvy you are, the more that you’ll stand out as a security guard job applicant. With digital technology being more relevant than ever when it comes to security, you will need to know how to handle the issues related to electronic surveillance equipment, especially if something is not working right, as well as how to handle issues related to building-wide alarm systems. If you have to rely on a technician to arrive in case of an issue, this will dim your job prospects. Additionally, the more skills that you have related to cyber security, the better.
At First Security Services, we only employ the very best in private security guards, so making sure that you have some of the above skills and credentials will certainly enhance your job application. Good luck!