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Tips for finding security jobs in Aldershot

Known as the 'Home of the British Army' due to its lengthy connections with Her Majesty's Armed Forces, Aldershot is a Hampshire town with a population of around 35,000, although it does form part of a larger conurbation with nearby towns such as Camberley and Farnborough.

There are a number of major employers in the region, with many of them seeking security staff. The region's connections with the Army mean that many former service personnel can find a career after the forces in security.

The training provided by the military or the police in a previous occupation can often prove very useful in finding security jobs in Aldershot.

Overview

Some security personnel favour door work, while others may have the specialist skills required for personal 'bodyguarding'. Static security at venues such as industrial sites is also available.

It should also be born in mind that any job seeker should have an up-to-date CV detailing their experiences and qualifications, ready to hand or send electronically to potential employers.

Many employers in the security sector will also require additional clearance and background checks, particularly if handling sensitive or classified material.

A Basic Personal Security Standard (BPSS), formerly known as Basic Check (BC), is a baseline standard. Job seekers should be aware that more detailed checks may be required, but a BPSS usually only takes a couple of days to clear. An employer should sponsor the check for an applicant.

Direct Approaches

A useful way of finding suitable vacancies is to approach companies directly. There are a number of outfits in the Aldershot and wider area who operate as security firms, and contacting them with an up-to-date CV is often a good way to secure an interview.

Security companies in the Aldershot area include Shield Security (Shieldsecurity.co.uk), Gurkha Security Services in nearby Farnbrough (gurkhasecurityservices.co.uk) and Tango Security (tangosec.co.uk), though there are more in existence.

Job seekers should bear in mind that different security firms may offer a range of different services to clients, and that they should look for a company which can use their own range of skills.

Websites and Agencies

Employment agencies are a good source of opportunities, especially if part time or temporary work is being sought. Many agencies now operate online, allowing users to upload an up-to-date CV and manage applications online, making the process more streamlined.

One website offering area-specific jobs advice is Aldershot-jobs.co.uk. Other sites with a more national focus include Skillpages.com, Reed.co.uk and Totaljobs.com, all of which can provide more specific job searches according to geographical region and area of expertise.

A personal visit to an agency's office can make registering more personal, making the job seeker more memorable to the agency, thus boosting the chances of them finding employment.

Agencies with offices in Aldershot include Powerline Recruitment on Grosvenor Road, Creative Solutions Recruitment on Wellesley Close in Ash Vale, and The Recruitment Bureau on Victoria Road.

 

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