A security officer is responsible for protecting you, your property and your clients from danger and loss. When looking to hire a security officer to work for their company, employers have a list of the qualities they seek. In most states, security officers must be at least 18 years old and possess a high school diploma or GED. However, qualities other than age and educational background are paramount.
Although a college degree is not required, candidates for a security officer position should have undergone some type of security guard training. Proper training gives your employer some measure of assurance that you would not be a liability to your company. Trained guards have learned about emergency procedures, search and seizures, power to arrest, officer safety, first aid and crisis deterrence. More in-depth training covers terrorism awareness, crowd safety and firearm usage.
Take steps to identify candidates who have clear criminal backgrounds. Many states require security officers to have a security guard license or guard card before obtaining work. These states automatically require the officer to undergo fingerprinting and pass a criminal background check before receiving a license. If your state does not require security officer licensing, the company hiring you will often perform a criminal background check before hiring you as a security officer.
Look for candidates with relevant experience in law enforcement or the military. Such experience is an indication that he knows how to properly handle and use firearms. As a former law enforcement agent, he also has experience making observations and filing reports.
Working as a security guard can require a lot of standing or walking, depending upon the employer. The job may also require a guard to restrain an individual on occasion. Before extending employment to a candidate, many companies will ask a security guard candidate to undergo a medical exam to determine their level of physical fitness.
From time to time, a security officer may be required to create written incident reports, which requires a good command of the English language. A guard should also have a pleasant personality and good customer service skills if the job requires contact with customers and clients. If the job requires vehicle patrol, he should have a valid state-issued driver’s license.