Security Guard Job Search Tips

The need for security in businesses and public offices is constant; meeting this need is what gets you a security guard job. The role of the security guard is to protect both people and property from losses resulting from fire, theft or other criminal activity, and to respond to medical emergencies. Many organizations employ security guards. These organizations include hotels, warehouses, churches, retailers, banks, casinos, colleges, universities, government buildings and privately owned businesses. Some companies utilize a private security firm to handle security staffing. 

Ensure You Meet the Requirements for a Security Guard Job

Employers that require around-the-clock security provide a huge level of flexibility and often part-time opportunities if you need extra income. Many security guard jobs require a high school diploma and satisfactory results from a background investigation; however, check with your state to make sure that licensing is not required. (Some states do require licensing, but if you’ve been laid off, check with your state’s labor department for training eligibility and programs.) In November 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected an increase of 152,500 security guard positions by 2018.

Search for Other Job Titles

If your job search efforts aren't yielding the results you desire, try looking for similar job titles. For instance, retail establishments (especially large department stores or chains) often refer to their security personnel as "loss prevention specialists." Armored guards transport large amounts of cash from one location to another. Transportation companies (such as your local transit system, bus and rail stations) often employ "transportation security specialists." If you live near an airport, perhaps an airport security screening position would suit your job search goals. Live, special events like concerts or local festivals often seek security presence; however, many event promoters seek private security companies to fulfill this need. If you're seeking part-time work and enjoy this type of environment, you could gain flexibility and fun, in addition to the extra cash.

Consider Military and Government Jobs

The U.S. armed forces employ security guards for their military bases around the country. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security hires security officers to work in such areas as Customs and Borders Protection as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Use Online Resources

While major job search engines often list security openings, you may also want to try sites such as Real Police. You’ll find career and networking advice along with a large database of both police and security guard job openings.  A quick yellow-page search also will yield a large list of private security firms in your area.