ApplicationHow can you make your security guard resume or application really shine? How can you get ahead of the competition?

Here are a few tips that can help you.

Highlight any law enforcement experience.

Many security guards have some sort of law enforcement background. While everyone does not have this edge you’ll certainly want to put that information front and center where a potential employer can see it.

Highlight any customer service experience.

People skills are important for security guards. People don’t always respond well to authority. And sometimes you’re going to be the go-to person to answer people’s questions. Can you keep your cool when you’ve been asked “where is the bathroom” for the thirtieth time today (while standing beneath a sign that points the way)? If you can, then you want to make sure your potential employer knows that, as well.

Highlight your athletic involvement.

You need to be in good physical shape to perform the duties of the security guard job. However, an employer won’t be able to see you’re in good physical shape until he or she calls you in for an interview.

Showing off recent athletic involvement or awards helps to paint a picture for an employer, letting them know that you’re physically fit and ready to take on the demands of the job. This will make you a more attractive candidate for an interview.

Get the training done before you look for a job.

Sure, some employers will pay for security job training. But if you want to make yourself a stand-out candidate you’ll get ahead of the game and pay for the training yourself. Think of it as an investment: the money you make in your new career will more than pay for the training. This will be especially helpful if you’re trying to get a security career right out of high school. Getting the training on your own can help make up for a lack of relevant experience or work history, so don’t neglect this step.

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