Security Guard Jobs
Commandery Tacital dba LLC Valor Force
$18 - $20 / HOUR
Fort Worth, TX
Blackwell Services, Inc.
Elder Care Alliance
Securitas Security Services
$11 - $12 / Per Hour
Michigan City, IN
Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.
$1.38 - $1.75 / Per Hour
Security Guard Jobs Overview
Do you have a good eye for anomalies? Are you a people person with the ability to diffuse tense situations and put others at ease? If so, you might want to consider applying for security guard jobs. From private banks to government agencies, several establishments rely on security guards to protect people and property. In fact, many establishments have a legal obligation to provide security to visitors and employees.
When you work as a security guard, you'll play an important role in protecting people from criminal activity and property from theft or vandalism. You may work directly for a security firm, financial institution, university, government agency, or hospital. If you're just getting started as a security guard, you may have the opportunity to move up to advanced, higher-paying positions in your field.
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Security Guard Skills and Training
Depending on which security guard job you apply for, you may only need a high school diploma or equivalent. While most security guard positions don't require prior experience, most require on-the-job training. Training typically lasts a few weeks and covers emergency protocol, first aid, crime prevention measures, communication, and creating reports. Security guards must also be licensed in most states, be at least 18 years old, and pass a background check.
The skills and qualities you'll need to get hired as a security guard include:
- good communication and interpersonal skills
- keen observation skills and the ability to recognize something out of the ordinary
- exceptional problem-solving skills
- the ability to create written or oral reports
- physical strength and stamina
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Interviewing for a Security Guard Job
Are you confident that you're an ideal candidate for the job? A job interview will be your chance to demonstrate your competency. You may encounter such questions as "Why should we hire you?" or questions relating to your skills. Prepare yourself by learning how to answer difficult interview questions in advance. If you stumble on a tough question, don't panic. Monster can show you how to recover from common job interview mistakes and regain good rapport with a hiring manager.
How Much Do Security Guard Jobs Pay?
According to Monster's salary data, security guards earn a median salary of $13.74 per hour. The lowest 10% earn about $11.65 while the top 10% earn more than $19 per hour. Your pay will depend on where you're located and how much experience you have. Find out how much you can expect to make by entering your job title and location into Monster's Salary Tool. You can also see a list of top security guard jobs and find out which steps to take to advance to a higher position.
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