General Question

livelaughlove21's avatar

How would I go about getting a job in security?

Asked by livelaughlove21 (15655points) July 4th, 2011

I’m a full time Psychology/Criminal Justice student and when classes start in the Fall, I will need to find a part time job to replace my full time job. I think it would be good to break into the CJ field early by working in security.

I’m a very unintimidating female with no upper body strength, so your run-of-the-mill security guard job isn’t going to be for me—I’d never get hired. However, I know there are places out there that have people who watch security cameras, walk around to make sure nothing fishy is going on, providing escorts, etc. I just don’t know how I’d go about getting a job like that.

Are there security companies who provide these types of employees to other companies or is security hired just like every else in that company? I never see job openings like this, so is there a certain way or certain places I can find them?

It would need to be part time, second shift. I can’t work all night while I’m a student and I can’t work during the day while I’m in class. 25 hours a week will be awesome. My school isn’t hiring any new cadets. Would a job like this even exist or should I just focus on finding any job that will help me get through school?

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

5 Answers

Judi's avatar

Security companies handle the monitoring for many big companies. The pay sucks, but I am sure they would hire you if you were willing to put up with the crappy hours and pay. Just go through the phone book and start applying.
We hire a courtesy patrol to go through our apartments, and I would much rather have a thorough small framed woman that a big hefty loaf that just drives through then takes a nap. Most of the time they don’t want you to be confrontational anyway, just alert the authorities when needed.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@Judi How bad does the pay suck, exactly? haha. I really want relevant work experience to increase my employability after graduation, but I also have bills to pay.

I’m planning on doing both volunteer work and AT LEAST one summer internship (two if I can swing it) with our Department of Juvenile Justice. If I get an unrelated job, like another customer service job, do you think the other experience would suffice when I go job-searching? I’m hoping to be a probation officer after graduation.

Judi's avatar

My son worked for little more than minimum wage. You might get a tad more working security in a retail store.

YARNLADY's avatar

The Security Guards that wear a uniform and work for agencies receive minimum wage unless they have been around long enough to become shift leaders, then they earn a few dollars more. It is better to look for something in a large company with it’s own force.

incendiary_dan's avatar

You apply. That’s it. Most security jobs have really low standards.

And I’ve never seen a security job that paid minimum wage, but never any that paid much more without having to be armed.

Answer this question

Login

or

Join

to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
or
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther