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6 Tips for Working as a Security Guard

08.20.2015

tips for working as a security guard

Let’s say you want to start a new career as a security guard but don’t know where to begin.  Well, fear not, because we’ve been where you are, and have some useful tips that we wish someone had shared with us when we were brand new to the game.

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Here are the top 6 things to known when you’re just starting out as a security guard:

1.  Study! Study! Study!

Knowledge is power, and in this case, also mandatory!  Obviously you need to take some initial security guard courses and then refreshers every couple years to renew your California Guard Card, but it’s also important to thoroughly read your employer’s manual in the event that you need to refer to procedures and protocols in an emergency.

2.  Hit the Gym!

Physical fitness isn’t just to make sure you look good in tight shirts.  It’s also to help you prepare for the possibility of roaming around your work area for several hours, running after perpetrators, or protecting yourself or others in the face of a life-threatening situation.  Consider taking a self-defense course, joining the gym, or going running to maintain your physical strength for your job.

3.  Listen to the Word on the Street!

Keep up with the local, regional, and national news.  Find out about any recent crime waves in anticipation of someone scheming against the company you work for.  It’s always easier to stay a step ahead and prevent crimes from occurring if you know what to look out for based on recent incidents.

4.  Find your Buddy!

Having a mentor can be hugely beneficial to your career.  Build professional relationships with established security officers that have been working in the field for a few years and ask them about their professional experiences.  They can help you grow in your career by teaching you what to expect, what they’ve learned along the way, and what mistakes to avoid.

5.  Act, Don’t React!

It’s easy to watch a horror flick and yell at the screen about the terrible escape plans the characters come up with, but you’d be surprised at how people react to dangerous situations when they’re actually in them.  A lot of people panic, can’t think straight, and simply freeze.  In a real emergency, people will instinctively look to you for help.  So make sure to act rationally rather than react emotionally when it’s time to protect your environment.

6.  You Might Be Gun Shy!

Not all security officers carry firearms, pepper spray, batons, or other weapons.  There are actually different kinds of certificates and permits required to legally carry each of these, like an Exposed Firearm Permit, the Chemical Agent / Pepper Spray Certification, and the BSIS Baton Permit Certification.  Some employers consider their venues generally safe, so the security guards they hire may very well be unarmed.

Want more information about how to get your security career off the ground?  Click here to see what else you need to do to get started!

 

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