When you start applying for security guard jobs you might be nervous because you do not have much security guard experience, or even much work experience. It’s true that a lack of work experience can make you a little less competitive.
However, it doesn’t exactly set you apart, either. Many security guard candidates are coming to the field fresh out of high school and are applying for their very first jobs.
With that being said, there are certainly things you can do to help you improve your chances of scoring that important first job.
Emphasize your leadership qualities.
Some of your extra-curricular activities in high school might help to demonstrate important leadership and communication skills that will serve you will in your security career.
Were you class president? Did you complete all of your Eagle Scout requirements? Did you play team sports? Make sure you highlight this on your resume, and spend a little bit of time explaining what you accomplished as you did these things and how you approached them. Draw parallels between those experiences and the career you are seeking right on your resume.
Show up at your interview both well-dressed and clean cut. Practice the answers to common security guard job interview questions. Be confident and respectful.
The way you conduct yourself at the interview gives lots of hints about your commitment, professionalism, and grace under pressure. Don’t waste the opportunity.
Know your career plan.
The most desirable hires are those who want to stay in the security industry and have already plotted out a long term career. Come in ready to ask questions about what kind of training your future employer really would like to see you invest in. If you’d like to become a security manager someday, say so.
Showing that you’re in this for the long haul will separate you from other applicants who are just there “for a job.”
Complete all initial training.
Make sure you’ve completed all of the training that it will take to apply for your license. If your state doesn’t require you to have a job offer in hand before applying for a license then have your license ready, too. Do all of this at your own expense.
Yes, many companies will pay to do this for you, but if you can save them that money you’re instantly more desirable. In addition, completing the training on your own time and your own dollar demonstrates your commitment to the industry and the work.
There are two ways to be prepared for your job interview. First, make sure you read everything you can about the company. Read their website. Read news stories. Find out who some of the major accounts are. That way you’ll be able to deliver an intelligent, insightful answer when the interviewer asks, “What do you know about our company?”
Second, be ready to accept a job offer on the spot. That means showing up with your driver’s license, social security card, training completion paperwork, license application, temporary license, or license, and any other documents that the company might need or want to hire you on the spot. You’d be surprised how often this happens, and if you can say, “Yes, I’m prepared to start work today,” then you’re even more likely to get the job.
Don’t be intimidated by your lack of experience. You have a clean slate from which to launch the career of a lifetime. Let your best qualities shine through and you’ll be hired before you know it.