We show you how to showcase your skills for security jobs

Finding work can be a job in itself, especially these days given the huge upsurge in unemployment throughout the United Kingdom. You'll face stiff competition from hundreds of applicants, many of whom will have more experience than you, so it's absolutely essential that you learn how to properly showcase your skills for security jobs if you want to be successful.

The first thing you need to look after is ensuring that your CV is up to date and eye catching. While this might sound like the most basic of rules, you cannot possibly understate its importance. Given the fact that your CV is the only thing that a prospective employer knows about you, you need to make it as impressive as you possibly can if you have any hope of standing out from the rest of the applications.

This doesn't mean you should use intricate designs, or fancy fonts - in fact you should try to avoid that at all costs. Your CV needs to be professional, uncluttered and elegant if you are to have the best chance at gaining employment from it. Don't pad it with pointless information or details that your potential employer will have no interest in. Nobody cares if you had a paper round when you were 12 - if it has no relevance to your real world experience, don't include it.

To give yourself the best chance of getting a job in security, we recommend you have a full SIA license. If you don't yet have one then we would suggest you look into acquiring one as soon as possible. While there are plenty of jobs available in the security sector, most of them require full SIA licensing, so it's very important you give yourself the best shot possible.

Finally, your cover letter is almost as important as your CV. In this you'll need to outline why you are suitable for the job in question, by briefly listing your personality traits, work experience and commendations. This is the very first contact that your prospective employer will have with you, so make it count. If you impress in your cover letter, you'll have a much higher chance of being considered for the job.

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