Benefits & Risks of Working as a Security Officer for Multiple Employers

security guards working for multiple employers One convenient aspect of having your Guard Card means that you can now hold multiple security officer positions – just not at the same time.  Maybe you’ll have one primary job weekdays from 9-5 and then another weekend gig.  Working as a security officer for several employers certainly has its advantages, like the option to earn multiple incomes, expanding your professional skills, and the luxury of working as a freelancer.

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Sense of Financial Security Having multiple employers can provide a sense of financial security, because in the back of your mind you know that if something were to suddenly go wrong on the job (like your boss cuts your hours or the company collapses), you still have a way of earning money from your other security jobs. Diversification Security officer jobs can vary greatly from one employer and location to another, such as working as a bar bouncer in a rural Southern town compared to supervising an elite wedding reception in Bel-Air.  Working at all these different capacities allows you to grow professionally and learn about new aspects of security jobs that you weren’t exposed to before. On the other hand, there are also a few disadvantages you should be aware of if you do decide to work different security jobs.  Some common issues include making careless mistakes, being viewed as disloyal, and the increased possibility of being passed up for potential promotions. Careless Mistakes Juggling too many company policies (and uniforms) might become burdensome, especially when you’ve just launched your new career.  This might lead to making honest yet negligent mistakes that come when you’re overwhelmed with several projects and trying to balance a laundry list of new rules. Reputation Risks Every company has its own set of proprietary information, along with some trade secrets that they expect you to keep to yourself.  Certain employers might not appreciate knowing you work for other companies, perhaps sharing privileged knowledge that belongs to them.  They could begin to lose trust in you and view you as disloyal. Missed Promotions It’s probably safe to assume that if you’re balancing two or three jobs, they’re all on a part-time basis (unless they’re all 8-hour shifts and you literally never sleep).  Spending less hours on a job compared to other employees may demonstrate, however inaccurately, that you’re not dedicated to the position or company, which might mean that if a promotion opens up, they could very well choose your full-time colleague over you. Have you ever held multiple jobs at once?  Share your stories with us!     CC Image courtesy of Florian Kreitmair on Flickr Image Source:  http://bit.ly/1bAOe8F  

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