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How Do You Get Experience as a Security Officer?

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Becoming a security officer can be a very rewarding career. Many times when individuals become security officers they desire a career in the military or as police officer. If you are serious about becoming a security officer there are avenues that you can take to gain experience.

Experience as security officer

There are a few things to consider before becoming a security officer. You need to make sure that you are physically fit and able to pass a physical exam. You also need a high school diploma or a GED.

They also like to see a valid driver's license and no history of felonies. You can expect a background check to be conducted so that you can carry a firearm if deemed necessary. You should consider taking self-defense lesions and leap ahead and apply for a pistol permit. The process takes about six weeks and will look good on your resume.

If you are serious about pursuing a career as a security officer, then you should consider enrolling in a criminal justice program. This looks good on your resume and shows the possible employer that you are serious about being a security officer.

You can also take certificate of training courses in being a security officer. You need to check with your local community college, town and city recreation programs. Sometimes you can get started by taking training programs sponsored by your community.

Check with your local school system. Often the district is looking to hire security officers. The pay is average but the experience can open other doors to being a security officer at other facilities.

You also apply to office buildings, power plants or executive offices. You should also contact your local sheriffs department and gain more information on how to gain experience as a security officer. Contacting security officer supervisors is another avenue to should take to gather information on becoming a security officer.

About the Author

Based in Rochester, N.Y., Heidi Carson is an employee training specialist with over 14 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Carson has been writing for Demand Studios since the summer of 2009. She received her Bachelor of Arts from St. John Fisher college in psychology and her Master of Science from from the University of Rochester in human development.

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