Writing your security guard resume can be tough if you don’t have much job history or experience in the field. However, even a graduate fresh out of high school can find ways to make a security guard resume stand out.
Forget the “Objective” statement!
The “objective” statement is no longer a helpful way to communicate with employers. The employer already pretty much knows your objective anyway–to get them to hire you. You can simply put “John Smith, Security Guard” on the resume’s page header to get the job title out of the way.
Instead, think about using an “About me” statement. It will go on the same place as the “objective” statement would normally go. You can use this to “sell” yourself to the employer by focusing on your unique strengths, paying close attention to the traits that they are looking for.
It might look something like this:
Recent high school graduate with 3.3 GPA. Former quarterback for the Eastern High School Jaguars with a proven track record for demonstrating grace under pressure, leadership ability, and good judgment. My football coach and team relied on me to be alert on the field, and my employer can expect the same level of alertness and composure.
If you’ve taken any security guard training courses, are a distance runner, a martial arts black belt or anything else which you think might interest the employer you can add it to the About Me section. This section should never take up more than 3-5 sentences, and it should always be written with an eye towards helping the employer meet his needs.
Training near the top.
If you don’t have much work experience then focus on training and certifications first. If you got your “guard card” or took some courses prior to applying for the job then you will definitely want to say so.
Make the most of any work history that you have.
If you haven’t taken any training then move on to any work history that you have. Remember that part-time work history and volunteer jobs do count. Be sure to focus on specific accomplishments. Use action verbs. No, your cashier’s job at McDonald’s was not a security job career. On the other hand, it’s a good opportunity for you to add a bullet point noting that you “demonstrated integrity by presenting a perfectly balanced drawer each and every day.” If you had a “perfect attendance and timeliness record” you could add that to the list too–employers count on security guards to be exactly where they say they’re going to be each and every day.
Of course, if you do have some security guard experience that’s even better.
Make sure you list each job in chronological order, however. “Functional” resumes tend to worry employers, telling them on a subconscious level that you have something to hide.
Check it twice.
Make sure that basic errors don’t undermine your resume. Job hunting is hard enough! Double check your resume for any typos or grammatical errors which might disqualify you for the job.
Finally, don’t give up. It’s normal for a job search to take a bit of time. While you’re hunting for your job you can keep improving your education. If you have your guard card you might even find a place to do some security guard volunteer work! Sooner or later you will get to start your new career.