How to write a Security Guard job description

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 Guard 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.

Examples of Security Guard job titles

    Security Guard
    Security Guard (5+ Years’ Experience)
    Armed Security Guard
    Security Guard (Part-Time)
    Security Officer

Security Guard 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 Guard job summary

We need a reliable Security Guard to handle interior and exterior security through manual observation and the use of on-site cameras. The Security Guard will be responsible for using corporate protocol to greet facility guests, assigning the proper security badge to each visitor, monitoring the interior and exterior of the facility, checking to make sure that certain doors are locked when they are supposed to be and reporting any suspicious activity to the local police department immediately. The ideal candidate for this position has a background in security and a professional disposition.

Security Guard 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.

Examples of Security Guard responsibilities

    Perform scheduled and random checks of designated areas throughout the facility to check for any security breaches
    Utilize the company’s guest policies to issue guest passes and make sure that each guest is accompanied by an employee before entering the facility
    Assist the maintenance staff in securing an area during a maintenance emergency
    Collaborate with other members of the corporate security team to ensure that the facility is safe at all times
    Maintain a professional and effective relationship with the local police and fire departments

Security Guard 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.

Examples of Security Guard skills

    High school diploma/GED required
    2+ years’ experience in the security field, or a certificate indicating completion of a security course
    Must possess strong group communication skills
    Proven history of working well in stressful situations

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