Mar 24, 2013 Private Security, security jobs 0 comment

Applying for a Security Job? Are you Serious?

Applying for a Security Job?  Are you Serious?

In a difficult time for jobseekers, the security industry is an obvious choice to try and find a job, but before you do apply for any security vacancies have a read of this blog.

An SIA licence is required if you undertake the licensable activities of a security officer or Door Supervisor It is a criminal offence to undertake the licensable activities of a security guard without an SIA licence. In order to apply for an SIA licence you will first have to undergo security training from an accredited training provider such as Focused Security Training.  Once you have passed your course exam you can then apply for your SIA License.

Cost of a Licence
The licence application fee is £220 for a three year licence. Please note that not many private security companies will train you and pay for your SIA license.  You will need to have your SIA license before applying for any security vacancies.  That said at Focused Security Services we still get people applying for jobs without a license – you will not get past first base.  If you do have an SIA License make sure your license number and license type is detailed on your CV.

Security is an easy job right?
WRONG! Today’s security officer needs to be highly trained in physical intervention, first aid, report writing, fire fighting and conflict management.  First on scene skills are a prerequisite hidden by your own world class customer service skills.  If you have an image of a night watchman in your head or think you can complete your college course whilst being paid as a security officer, think again.  You are going to be very busy.

Security Guards in BirminghamYou have your SIA License, but still cannot get a security job.
Well I guess your CV is not up to scratch then.  Far too many applicants appear to just throw any old CV in and hope for the best.  It’s simply not good enough and shows to an employer that maybe you are not really that serious about working.

You get an interview
Well done and even at this stage you have made it where potentially hundreds of other applicants have not.  So why then would you turn up late, scruffy and unprepared for an interview? Actually most applicants do and it lets them down before we have even asked them a single question.  As a security officer first impressions are crucial to you being successful at interview stage and in your security job moving forward.

The basics are missing and despite hundreds of applications failing we do get some quality people to work with us at Focused Security Services.  We will not accept second best or as we say recruit just to fill a gap, put a bum on a seat, as it simply is not fair on the team and our clients.  So if you want to work in the security industry ask yourself this.  Are You Serious?

More resources

The Security Industry Authority
The Security Industry Authority is responsible for regulating the private security industry.  Reporting to the Home Secretary, under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 you can find all the information about our regulating body on their website

Latest Security Vacancies
View the latest jobs in security from Focused Security Services Ltd.  You can also catch us on Facebook simply search focused security on FB to find our page and give it a like!

Security Training
If you do not have an SIA License, Focused Security Training provides high quality training services in Birmingham. View our latest course dates.

What does a Door Supervisor Course involve?

Door Supervisor Training – Unit 1 Working in the Private Security Industry

Know the purpose and main features of the private security industry

Understand the legislation that is relevant to people working in the private security industry

Understand relevant aspects of health and safety in the workplace

Know how to apply the principles of fire safety

Know how to deal with non-fire-related workplace emergencies

Understand the principles of effective communication and customer care in the private security industry


Unit 2 Working as a Door Supervisor

Understand the behaviour appropriate for individual door supervisors, as defined by the Security Industry Authority?s (SIA) Standards of Behaviour

Understand the elements of civil and criminal law relevant to door supervisors

Understand search procedures and the reasons for having them

Understand the powers of arrest and related procedure

Understand relevant drug legislation and its relevance to the role of the door supervisor

Understand incident recording and crime scene preservation

Understand licensing law and social responsibility

Understand and be able to follow procedures for emergency situations


UNIT 3 Conflict Management for the Private Security Industry

Understand the principles of conflict management appropriate to their role

Understand how to recognise, assess and reduce risk in conflict situations

Understand how to communicate effectively in emotive situations and de-escalate conflict

Understand how to develop and use problem solving strategies for resolving

Understand conflict good practice to follow after conflict situations

UNIT 4 Physical Intervention Skills for the Private Security Industry

Understand physical interventions and the legal and professional implications of their use

Understand how to reduce the risk of harm when physical intervention skills are used

Be able to use non-pain related physical skills to protect yourself and others from assault

Be able to use non-pain related standing holding and escorting techniques, including non-restrictive and restrictive skills

Understand good practice to follow after physical interventions

Skills for Security
Skills for Security works with employers in the private security industry to improve standards of professionalism and access to security training and security qualifications for people employed in private security roles across the UK. Further information can be found on the Skills for Security website.


Best Security Services in the UKHelp with finding jobs in security
So you have an SIA License and cannot get a job in security, well something is wrong as private security companies are always looking for good people.  Can we help you find a security job?