4 Tips to Help You Find Work as a Security Officer

The security industry in Malaysia has grown in leaps and bounds over the past decade. More organizations and businesses are investing resources to protect their assets and personnel.  If you think this is an industry wherein your skills will fit in, now is the time to join the fray. Below are quick tips on how you can increase your chances of getting hired as a security guard.

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1) Sign up with a security agency.

You have to understand that majority of security officers these days get assignments through an agency. This is because companies and organizations usually don’t hire guards directly. They enter into contracts with an agency who will then provide them with the officers they need. You need to take the time to look for a good agency because you aren’t allowed to work for two agencies at once. Besides, most agencies require their employees to work solely for them. What’s great about agencies is that they usually provide you with training and help you process your papers prior to offering you a job contract.

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2) Make sure that you have all the necessary paperwork and licenses.

The requirements in becoming a security guard are not that extensive. The most important requirement is that you have to go through accredited training. Most agencies provide this type of training. You should also be healthy and fit which means you must submit medicals as proof that you are physically and mentally fit. Before you will be able to work, you also need to have your identity card confirmed by the National Registration Department.

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3) Check your references.

Whether you are trying to join a security agency or you’re applying directly in a company, make sure that the references you placed in your resume are real people. In the security business, trust is very valuable. The first thing your potential employers will do is call your references if they exist. If they catch you lying, trust is broken and you will be lucky if they’ll give you a second chance. Don’t try to cram too many people in your references. Two or three reliable references would suffice.

House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer shakes hands with Const. Samearn Son as other security members look on in the House of Commons as they are honoured for their efforts during the October shooting on Parliament Hill, Thursday December 11, 2014 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/CP)

4) Network with other security officers.

This is very important if you are new and still looking for your first security gig. Talk with other security officers and inquire if they know of agencies, companies, or organizations that are in need of guards. You can connect with these people on social media sites, forums, and job fairs.

These are tips you should keep in mind if you are interested in security jobs. Finding work in the industry is a combination of having the right connections, getting proper training, and updating your licenses. If you have all of these requirements, you will put yourself ahead of the other applicants.

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