Security Guard Jobs

How to Get a Job as a Security Guard in 2020

Are you cool under pressure? If you’ve got a good head on your shoulders and you enjoy a challenge, becoming a security guard might be a great fit! Security guards are the first responders to onsite emergencies and can save lives with their quick thinking. The best security guards have strong critical thinking skills and are great communicators.  Download JobFlare today and prove to employers that you’ve got the skills it takes to succeed!

As a modern-day knight in shining armor, you’re responsible for helping others feel safe, defusing tense situations and keeping buildings secure. Security guards are necessary in a variety of settings and have varied responsibilities because of it. As a security guard, you can work in hospitals, courts, schools, malls, zoos, government buildings, banks, or private residences.

Becoming a security guard can also be the first step in several career paths. It’s great experience if you want to get your foot in the door to becoming a corrections officer, a bodyguard, a private investigator, a police officer, or working in a control room. The choice is yours and depends on what you will find most fulfilling.

Security Guard

US Median Salary
$25,840/year or $12.43/hour

Education Requirements
High School Diploma or GED

Robot Risk Rating
Automation Risk Robot
84%

HIGH AUTOMATION RISK

You'd be great for this position if...
  • You’re confident
  • You’re honest
  • You’re vigilant
  • You’d be bored sitting in a cubicle all day
  • You’ve got a strong moral compass
  • You’re responsible
Robot Risk Rating
Automation Risk Robot
84%

HIGH AUTOMATION RISK

You'd be great for this position if...
  • You’re confident
  • You’re honest
  • You’re vigilant
  • You’d be bored sitting in a cubicle all day
  • You’ve got a strong moral compass
  • You’re responsible

Resume Tips for Security Guards

To have a successful career as a security guard, there are certain skills that hiring managers know to look for. Take inventory of these important qualities and emphasize them in your resume:

  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong sense of personal integrity
  • Proven track record of honesty
  • Ability to take and give directions
  • Goal-oriented and self-motivated
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Able to simultaneously focus on surroundings and people

If you don’t have much on-the-job experience, include things like…

  • Military experience
  • Experience working as a bouncer
  • Volunteer work (especially as a firefighter or with crowd control at events)
  • Experience working in customer service

If you’re still feeling stuck on what skills to list in your resume, check the job description! Hiring managers list the key qualities they’re looking for, so you can score serious points for including them.

Interview Pointers for Security Guards

Prior to your interview, be sure to think of examples of personal experience applicable to the role:

  • Discuss a time when you were able to successfully calm an angry person using only your words.
  • Be able to talk about what your main motivators are.
  • Give an example of a time when you were able to stay calm during a chaotic situation and how you were able to focus on the task at hand.
  • Describe a time when you were in physical danger. What did you do to handle the situation?

Be prepared to answer questions like:

  • What would you do if you saw two people start to fight?
  • Are you certified in CPR, AED, and First Aid?
  • How would you handle a rowdy group of people?
  • Why do you want to become a security guard?

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