Many security guards are employed specifically to keep people safe and sound at special events. Some of those events may not be the first ones that you think about, however. Most people think of rock concerts first, and everything else separate.
However, it’s time to expand your view. Plenty of events are adding security as they’ve never added it before. For example, ESPN reports that race directors are taking cues from the Boston Marathon bombings and are increasing security for all runners and spectators. These measures are being adopted at races large and small all over the country.
While nobody wants to see a tragedy this increased spending on security does represent an opportunity for job hunters. Simply put, there has never been a better time to enter the security field.
You can expect event security spending to continue to grow. Once people start increasing security it’s hard to stop, so hiring security one year sets the bar for every other year.
Because scaling back security — and publicly admitting to doing so — gives the appearance of risking the safety of race participants, mega-event race directors have little motivation to spend less on security, as long as they can afford it. Nealis speculates that as long as runners continue to flock to races, security spending will remain high.
A little bit of research can tell you about upcoming races and other events that may be concerned about keeping participants and spectators safe because they now understand themselves to be “soft targets” that are attractive to terrorists and other dangerous people. A little more research might just tell you which security agency these events are using, offering you an opportunity to show up with a “just-in-time” job application at the exact moment that a hiring manager is thinking about adding more guards to the roster. It’s something to think about!