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How to Get a Job as a Security Guard

“Someone aspiring to a career as a security officer should demonstrate a commitment to values such as integrity, vigilance and helpfulness; a willingness for professional development; a focus on customer service; a desire to work as a team and an ability to utilize technology,” says Rocco DeFelice, executive vice president of Securitas Security Services USA. A candidate will have ample opportunity to exhibit these qualities during the application process. As DeFelice explains, applicants face a relatively extensive application process that includes a background check, drug screen in-depth interview and pre-assignment training. Employers also like to see tenure of at least two years in prior jobs as a sign of stability.

Interview Questions Submitted by Real Security Guards

"Can you leap over tall buildings in a single bound?" - George Fox University Campus Security Guard Candidate (Newberg, OR)

"Why do you want to be a guard?" - Lockheed Martin Security Guard Candidate (Location Unknown)

"Can you pass a drug and background check?" - AlliedBarton Security Guard Candidate (Location Unknown)

Job Satisfaction

Upward Mobility fair Average
Stress Level poor Above Average
Flexibility poor Below Average

What is the Job Like?

“The nature of each post is unique, but there are two general divisions: stationary or patrol positions. In either role, your watchful presence will hopefully deter the crimes your employer worries about,” says Brian Dooling, vice president of marketing at U.S. Security Associates. He adds that no incidents is a sign of a job well done, which can also make security guards feel under-appreciated. He notes that as a result, many people leave the occupation for more highly rewarded fields or they move up into supervising and managerial roles. “Opportunities for advancement are restricted to the size and needs of your employer,” he adds.

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