Thinking of becoming a security officer?

Thinking of becoming a security officer?

If you’ve recently been made furlough, been made redundant, or you’re simply at home more than normal and you’ve always been interested in a career in security, why not use this additional time to learn more about a career in the security industry?

A career in security is not for the faint-hearted. It’s hard graft, it’s difficult and you will find yourself in situations that are a little tricky from time to time. But, with the right training, and the right company behind you, supporting you every step of the way, it can be an incredibly rewarding career.

There are several factors you should consider before embarking on a career in security.

  1. Are you physically fit?

This doesn’t mean you need to a marathon runner, but it does mean you’ll need to be comfortable to be on your feet for most of the day, and sometimes covering large distances if you’re part of a mobile patrol unit. You’ll also need to consider whether you’re physically strong enough to restrain an individual until the local authorities arrive, should a situation need this response.

  1. Are you mentally strong enough?

Long, cold nights, patrolling a site can be tough on the old brain! Working nights or shift work, in general, is tricky, and you’ll need to consider whether or not you’re mentally strong enough to be able to sacrifice the sunshine if you’re on a night shift rota. It’s also important to be aware that unfortunately, sometimes, security officers are victims of abuse from varying members of the public – particularly those under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Are you mentally strong enough to not take these comments seriously?

  1. Do you have the time and commitment?

Security work is teamwork, and that means working on a rota. It means sometimes working nights, and it could mean covering your colleagues at times of sickness or to cover annual leave. A career in the security industry is a lifestyle choice, not just a job. So before embarking on a career as a security officer, ask yourself – do you have the time and commitment?

If you’re confident you have the physical and mental capacity to take on such a career, the next thing to consider is training!

What is a SIA license?

For us, we only accept applications from individuals who have a valid SIA license. Simply put – “SIA licensing covers manned guarding (including security guarding, door supervision, close protection, cash and valuables in transit, and public space surveillance using CCTV), key holding and vehicle immobilising. Licensing ensures that private security operatives are ‘fit and proper’ persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job.” – Taken from the Security Industry Authority government website.

So, if you’re currently looking for work due to implications of Covid-19, we are recruiting for Security Officers, Gate House Officers, Mobile Patrol Officers and Manned Guard-Reception Officers - for full-time and part-time positions. If you could picture yourself as working for one of the leading security companies in the UK, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you!

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