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Security Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Security job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

  • Security Officer
  • Security Guard
  • Security Officer (Unarmed)
  • Security Guard (No Exp. Needed)
  • Security Officer (Part-Time)
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Security job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Security job summary

We are a leading provider of security officers for a wide variety of companies. People from all experience levels are encouraged to apply — there is plenty of room for advancement! Full-time positions come with health insurance, 401(k) and retention bonuses. Our company prides itself on the high level of security it provides, both visible and behind the scenes. Our security officers deter crime by their mere presence via regular patrols and prompt communication of security breaches. Your main job will be to provide top-quality security at the facility where you work and to maintain a high-level of security for employees and guests. In fact, customer service is a large component of many jobs, so you should have an orientation toward wanting to help people, not just protect them. If you have at least a high school diploma and think quickly on your feet, apply today!

Security responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

  • Patrol premises to ensure they are secure; may need to navigate ladders, ramps and stairs, as well as run on occasion.
  • Use both hands to reach and grasp objects or items, or to use the phone to communicate with home base or to file reports.
  • Work in weather environments that may sometimes be extremely hot or extremely cold, snowy or icy.
  • Keep mental alertness and attention to detail high, no matter the circumstances.
  • Maintain a neat and professional appearance, and provide excellent customer service as needed.
  • Follow established security protocols while using initiative and good judgment.

Security qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills along with excellent oral and written communication.
  • Possession of a guard licence per provincial requirements, and maintain active status.
  • Ability to remain flexible and adapt well.
  • Remain calm in stressful situations.
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Job Description Examples

Need help writing a job description for a specific role? Use these job description examples to create your next great job posting. Or if you’re ready to hire, post your job on Indeed.

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