Security Guard Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 177,622 Security Guard resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Security Guard Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Ensure Safety, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Security Guard Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Security Guard CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand security guard skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a security guard : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Security Guard
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
How much work experience does the average security guard candidate have?
The average security guard resume contains 3.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your security guard skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from security guard resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Security Guards Dispatcher

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Security Guard
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Responded to emails in a timely manner.
  • Monitored Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system for all activity.
  • Bag searches, personal searches, car searches, customer service, VIP post guard.
  • Ensured all officers followed company policies and procedures Access Control, Monitoring alarms and CCTV cameras.
  • Issued burn permits and inspected all fire equipment ensuring OSHA regulations standards were met.
Lot Attendant

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Security Guard
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Bagged groceries for customers, janitorial service inside store and parking lot, general store maintenance
  • Received a promotion to be a cashier, which checks people out and help them with their orders after 3 months.
  • Laundried, sort and tag merchandise Organize and distribute clothes for display Memorize price list for customers
  • Drained oil from car into pan for disposal, and refilled according to car requirements.
  • Thank each customer by saying, "Thank You for Shopping The Home Depot."
Patrol Guard

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Security Guard
Associate's Degree
Associate's Degree - Education
  • Monitor and maintain all building systems as assigned
  • Monitored cctv, premises, near businesses and properties on site.
  • Watched campus ( CCTV) surveillence cameras for all unwanted activities and responded to all emergengies.
  • Respond to any kind of emergencies first response CPR trained.
  • Monitor CCTVs/Alarm systems/operate phones and radios/lock and unlock doors through computer.
Security Guard

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Security Guard
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Monitor 4 cctvs on a 8hr shift.
  • Patrol parking areas at Turner Field on bike.
  • Patrol interior and exterior of mall property, cooperating with local law enforcement, fire and EMS.
  • Coordinate security implementation issues with appropriate government and DoD officials.
  • Monitor and record an overview of non-gaming activity occurring in each monitored area via CCTV (closed circuit television).
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As a security guard, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Security Guard roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of security guard resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Security Guard Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Security Guards. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Security Guards to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%