The jobs in security include bodyguards, bail enforcement agents, private police, security screeners (for example, at airports and buildings), surveillance officers using video and audio surveillance equipment (for example, in casinos), guards in buildings (such as banks), and armed couriers or drivers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 26% rise in security jobs over the next ten years.
With the popularity of mystery books and police procedural and detective shows, a job as a security professional may seem open to anyone and easy for you to meet the qualifications. However, neither of those assumptions is true.
Qualifying for the Security Field
Security professionals often have a background in the military or police force. A private investigator needs a state or local license in all but three states. Also, entry into most, if not all, security jobs require a background check, at least a high school diploma, and mandatory training, such as training in emergency procedures and evidence handling.
Several colleges offer BS degrees in network operations and security, police and security studies, security and administration, or criminal justice, all great ways to prepare for a career in public or private security. It is even possible to go on to an MA in public safety, homeland security, or emergency management. Individuals interested specifically in computer and data security require a degree in information technology (IT), cybersecurity, or related fields.
Preparing a Resume for the Security Field
The resume you submit absolutely must be truthful—why would anyone hire a security professional who lies? So if there is any gap or difficulty in your background that requires explanation, your first call should be to a professional resume writer who has the skills to cover that problem properly and honestly in a resume or cover letter.
Also, the resume should demonstrate:
- Knowledge of safety and emergency procedures through training and such certifications as CPR, Associate Safety Professional (ASP), or Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
- An ability to communicate clearly, calmly, and reasonably with a variety of people, even in tense situations
- Familiarity with video, audio, and computer technology
- A willingness to be trained
- Good critical thinking skills and attention to detail.
Additionally, be sure you have a clean driving record and no criminal history. You will undergo a background check before you apply for the job.
Some of the jobs in the security field require knowledge of a second language (in addition to English). While many jobs are strictly local, at banks, shopping malls, and buildings, many involve work overseas or a willingness to travel.
For support in developing a resume that will start you off or lead to growth in the security field, contact Robin’s Resumes®.