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How to write a security guard CV
This brief guide explains how to write a CV for a security guard or security officer position.
In the contact section, include your address, email address and phone number. If relevant to the role, you may also want to mention that you have a full clean driving licence.
You might notice on some CVs that people add their social profiles. This isn’t necessary unless these add value to your application. For example:
- If you have a lot of work experience, LinkedIn can be used to write a more comprehensive description of your current and past roles. Learn how to write a great LinkedIn profile to complement your CV here.
- Twitter can be included if you’re actively involved in the security industry – perhaps sharing and commenting on relevant industry developments.
Your personal profile (or personal statement) sets out exactly how you’re a great fit for the specific job you’re interested in. Do read the job description carefully and try to set out how you meet the requirements.
In many CV templates, you’ll see that the personal profile is just 3 or 4 lines. However, recruiters looking to fill security positions tend to be more interested in the skills and experience you’ve acquired, rather than your formal education. For this type of role, it’s worth using a little more space to emphasise that you meet the requirements, rather than making the recruiter hunt for this information in later sections.
For many security roles, an SIA licence will be valuable. If you’ve got yours, mention this and state whether it’s a front line licence or not.
Provide your work history in reverse chronological order, detailing the responsibilities you’ve had in previous roles. You can also include any role-specific achievements in this section.
Try to focus on the skills and experience the employer has requested in the job advert. If the job advert is a little bare on detail, it may help to review a job description. This gives you a good idea of which skills and experience employers in the security sector typically value the most.
For each past role, ensure you mention the environment in which you worked (retail, warehouse, business premises etc) and the type of activities you carried out (manned guarding, cash and valuables in transit, close protection, door supervision, CCTV monitoring etc).
Education is rarely a primary requirement in this sector – but if you’ve achieved your SIA licence, do include the course you took here.
In addition, employers will want to see that you have good communication skills, so mention any good grades achieved for English certificates here.
If you’ve undertaken formal training in your current or past roles for aspects of your work, you can include it here. For example, you might have completed courses in health and safety or the powers of a security officer in relation to the law.
Include interests if they add value to your CV. Security roles tend to be fairly active, so mentioning sports and physical activity will suggest that you like to stay fit and healthy. Security roles also typically require good communication, so any activities that further support your abilities here are worth including.
In the security industry, it’s essential that your past work history is verifiable. You don’t need to include reference names and addresses on your CV because prospective employers will ask for details covering (typically) your last 5 years’ of positions.
Originally published 11th February 2016.