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How to make your CV stand out

Are you thinking about applying for a new job? Maybe you should rethink your CV game. Statistics show that on average recruiters spend 6 seconds scanning through a CV. Doesn’t sound like much, right? So you have got to make those seconds count!

Is technology taking over our jobs?

Experts believe that the rise of robots in the workplace will account for unemployment rates greater than 50% within the next 30 years. Some are calling it humanity’s ‘biggest challenge ever’ with Professor Moshe Vardi of Rice University claiming that “we are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task”.

Advantages and disadvantages of online learning

The Internet is full of opportunities for self teaching and the ability to learn about almost any topic, industry or skill without ever having to leave the sofa. But online learning isn’t for everyone and presents just as many disadvantages as it does advantages.online young learning

In this post, we’re going to look at what makes online learning a superb resource for everyone from the student to the curious bystander and, conversely, why you should always tread with caution before throwing everything in to this form of tuition.

Without further ado, here are the key advantages and disadvantages of online learning.

Advantages

It’s fun

Online learning is inherently fun. The courses are usually more interactive than they would be in a stuffy classroom and the introduction of methods such as ‘gamification’ (the process of incorporating reward-based user interaction, borrowed from the world of video games) really helps people engage with the learning material.

There are no boundaries

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to learning for both teachers and students is time and location. The scheduling of classes and their location can be a limiting factor for many, but with online learning, there are no boundaries. Classes can be undertaken whenever and wherever suits the learner.

It’s more cost effective

Online learning is, on the whole, more cost-effective than other forms of tuition. There’s no traveling costs to worry about and the fees for courses are usually minimal upfront or fixed monthly charges that vastly undercut the cost of teacher time and continually updating physical textbooks.

It’s immediate

If you decide to learn in the traditional classroom environment, you’re unlikely to grab a place quickly. Weeks – if not months – will often pass before you are able to start the process of learning. With online learning, you can start doing so immediately.

Disadvantages

Accreditation concerns
Given the number of online courses available, the quality can be a bit hit and miss. Equally, courses featuring the appropriate accreditation aren’t aways that easy to find. When investing in an online course, it pays to double check any claimed accreditations; imagine spending money on a supposed degree only to find it is next to useless once qualified.

No human interaction

Online courses usually consist of video and text-based studying and, even if those videos feature tutors, certain courses benefit from real, face-to-face human interaction and the company of other students to get the most from the material being studied.

Self discipline a prerequisite

If you’re prone to procrastination, online learning may not be for you. Bearing in mind you’ll typically undertake classes while in the comfort of your home complete with distractions aplenty, self discipline is an absolute prerequisite. By comparison, teachers in traditional classrooms are able to aid and encourage productivity in a formal environment.

You’ll need to be your own lesson planner

Online courses can generally be tackled in any way the student feels fit and, while this form of non-linear learning is welcomed by certain people, others may find it a challenge. Being presented with a long list of modules, any of which can be started at any time, can be rather daunting for some.

Summary

Online learning is fabulous if you are self-disciplined, able to direct yourself in terms of tackling the content and don’t mind the solitary nature of it. If you prefer human interaction, the company of fellow students and a teacher to ensure you get the most from the lesson, online learning may be a stretch too far.

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Searching for the job of your dreams but no luck? Here’s how to broaden your horizons when searching for a job…

Still looking for that job? Fed up of searching job boards and picking up the local paper only to find the same positions listed week in, week out? Fear not – there are ways you can reignite your job hunt.Stressed can't find job

Broadening your horizons while job hunting may feel a little scary – pointless, even – but in doing so you’ll open up so many more opportunities and may just stumble across the job of your dreams.

In this post, we’ve got 5 great tips for broadening you horizons when searching for a job.

1. Revise your CV
If you last updated your CV several months ago and have been searching for a job ever since, this innocuous document may be one of the main reasons you’re failing to find anything.

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If you’re listing your past employment and achievements chronologically, try a different order by switching to a functional format. By doing so, you’ll be able to provide an extensive list of your professional skills first and foremost and a lighter account of your employment history further down. This may be better for engaging certain recruiters.

2. Don’t wait for job adverts

Internet job search websites and recruitment sections in the local papers don’t tell the whole story. The truth is, the job you want may well be out there somewhere – it just isn’t being advertised.

Be diligent with your research and sniff out companies you’d like to work for. Start following them on social media and make contact. Be bold – ask if there is the opportunity to pop in and chat about potential work opportunities. You’ll be surprised by how many ‘yeah, sure – pop in’ responses you get.

3. Reinvent yourself
You may have spent ten years doing something and feel you’re pretty proficient at it, but if the jobs aren’t coming, you may have to concede that demand for your particular skill set isn’t that great.

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There’s no use crying over spilt milk, though. What else are you good at? Consider reinventing yourself by promoting your skills with a particular hobby rather than the type of job you’ve previously been trained to perform.

4. Join an association

By joining a professional association in the industry you’re targeting, you’ll gain an insight into the inner workings of businesses within that sector. You’ll also get the opportunity to meet with influencers and potential employers at events.

Which brings us on to the next point…

5. Network
Now you’re the member of an association or two, networking opportunities should spring up regularly. Attend seminars, exhibitions and make a name for yourself by asking questions at panel discussions.

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Networking is a powerful tool when job hunting and, a bit like those hidden jobs you’ll only ever find by reaching out to companies directly, it gives you the opportunity to get face-to-face with employers who didn’t know they needed you until you crossed paths.

Summary
There’s no such thing as the ‘perfect job’, so if you’re trying to find it, stop straight away. Instead, focus on the ideal job and use the tips above to sniff out positions which you may otherwise miss when searching the same, tired job boards.

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That job is out there – go and get it!

 

 

What it takes to be a security guard in today’s society

Security has never been an easy industry. By its very nature, it mixes danger with responsibility and the ability to keep one’s composure when things get fractious. As a result, it requires a very specific set of skills from anyone wishing to become a security guard.

The role of the security guard is changing, too. Modern security is very different to what it was at the turn of the century, and the introduction of rapidly-changing technology, a growing population and a dynamic youth culture has forced the industry to up its game considerably.securityIn this post, we’d like to shed light on just what it takes to be a security guard in today’s society.

1. Drugs and alcohol 
In truth, drugs and alcohol have been a regular challenge for security professionals for decades, but the rise of binge-drinking, late licensing hours and clubbing has made drugs and alcohol a consistent threat to keeping the peace.

Businesses, colleges and nightspots now have stringent anti-drug policies and don’t tolerate alcohol abuse, but it is still the security guard’s job to intervene when things get out of hand.

2. Cultural diversity
We live in a beautiful, vibrant society with an incredibly diverse population occupying most cities and towns. Unfortunately, the mix of different cultures, backgrounds and traditions still has a tendency to spark tension, prejudice and intolerance.

The security guard of today must therefore be able to help establish and maintain an environment that values diversity and is free from racism.

3. Spotting signs abuse
Physical and mental abuse manifests itself in many forms and the modern security guard has to be well equipped to spot early signs of abuse. In doing so, they are able to handle interpersonal abuse scenarios by intervening before things get out of hand.

It is without question one of the most challenging parts of a security professional’s job but can also be the most rewarding when genuine help is given to those who need it the most.

4. Gender discrimination
Just as with cultural divides, security guards must now be capable of promoting gender equality and acceptance. There is, quite rightly, a heightened sensitivity towards gender discrimination, and security professionals need to demonstrate the ability to be proactive in helping create an environment which is free from discrimination.

5. Workplace violence
Whether it be an office block or local convenience store, security guards are now regularly called in to deal with issues far removed from the typical pub brawls and nightclub scuffles. Tensions in the work place can often flare up way beyond the water cooler argument and dealing with skirmishes in such environments is a new skill security guards have had to adapt to in modern society.

Summary
A security guard is no longer ‘just’ the person who stands outside the bar entrance or sits among the empty desks of a commercial unit overnight – they are keepers of peace who need specific skills to deal with discrimination, domestic abuse and violence in the most unlikely of places.

How to banish job interview nerves

Sweaty palms, jiggling legs, concerns about forgetting past qualifications and making a fool of yourself; the moments before a job interview can be tense and incredibly nerve-wracking. We’ve all been there.

How to search for a job online

Job searching is changing – rapidly. Once a frustrating trawl through the vacancy pages of the local newspaper, hunting for a new career is now a process which can be conducted entirely online.

How to start a new career in 2016

If something doesn’t feel right about your current career, pay attention to the voices in your head. A hunch is often all you need to begin planning a career move and now that we’re comfortably into 2016, there’s no better time to take a look elsewhere.

Christmas Temporary Jobs

For many reasons, Christmas does live up to its billing as the “most wonderful time of the year”. Families all coming together, gifts, meals and other festivities take over the deeper into December we get.

But for others, it can be a daunting time of year thanks to that old pain – money.

With so much spending going on, unemployed people and those in low paying jobs, can really feel the pinch in their attempts to keep up with everyone else. Luckily, Christmas does bring around one opportunity – temporary jobs.

Below, you’ll find our tips for landing a temporary jobs in the security industry or elsewhere. Regardless of your skill set, you’ll likely be able to find something that eases the financial burden this Christmas.

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Look everywhere

Retail surges now start as far back as November, so it is never too early to start looking. And you should look absolutely EVERYWHERE. Obvious places like shopping centres and big retail outlets are the best place to start, but don’t be afraid to go a little more local in your search. You’ll soon find that the vast majority of businesses will be in need of temp staff.

If you’re in the security industry and going from shop to shop, try to speak to both the existing security guard and the shop management. The front of house security may be able to tip you off to availabilities, or save you the hassle of talking to management by saying there are no temp jobs. Do this before the sales really start though, otherwise these people will be too busy (that said, you can always check corporate websites for job listings).

Play the field

Once you have sourced a few jobs, don’t be afraid to “play the field”, so to speak. Work out roughly how much money each job could land you, looking at the basic wage and the expected hours. If one job dominates the rest, plug for that one. If they are all roughly the same, go for whichever one you think you will enjoy the most.

Whatever you do, though, do it fast. These job roles are filled ridiculously quickly due to high demand at this time of year. Hesitation, for whatever reason, could cost you. So be thorough, but efficient in your deliberations.

Multiple Jobs

If your schedule allows it, you might want to look into the possibility of working multiple jobs. Some temporary roles will only require you for a few days, so leapfrogging from one to the next is a possibility. Or you may find luck with a job role that needs you 9-3, and another than needs you 4-10. The flexibility of these jobs also means you can fit them around a permanent job you may already have.

The key, however, is not to over do it. You are working these jobs to earn a little spending money so you can enjoy Christmas. Working yourself into the ground, or missing out on all of the festivities, misses the point entirely.

Look for further employment

Once you land a temporary job, don’t be afraid to explore the chances of gaining further employment with the company. Some companies will use Christmas staff as disposable means to an end, but smart companies use it as a way to try out hundreds of people at once. So be sure to ask the people in charge if there is any chance of your job leading to something else (though don’t badger them about it), and make sure you work hard enough to impress them in the meantime.

You never know, you may work so hard you end up creating a role for yourself that hadn’t previously been planned on!

 

University courses to aid your security career

Training 4 Employment can train you to be a security professional. If you take one look at our courses, you’ll see the wide range of careers we can put you on the path towards. You’ll be fully accredited and ready to jump into the big world of the security sector by the time you are finished with us.

But there are of course ways to take the knowledge and skills T4E provide and take them on further. These are courses that can help you move further into the management side of the security business, or take you down the more theory heavy road. Here are a selection of courses you may want to look into after your time with T4E is up.

Criminology

LearningCriminology delves more into the psychology of crime. It deals with the responses to crime, but also why criminals do what they do. It tries to narrow things down to a science, by looking at the causes of crime, the nature of crimes, and the repercussions of crime.

It is a big part of the security world, including police work. “Prevention is better than cure” is a great phrase to keep in mind here – if criminologists can figure out the causes of crime, steps can be taken to prevent it. One neighbourhood playing hosts to a number of criminals? Then look to make changes that make it a less crime ridden area. Criminologists work hard on the causes of crime, and the ways to deal with those responsible by looking into better rehabilitation programmes. Their work makes life easier for everyone.

Security

Desk workA newer course found in Universities, this is a course designed to help mould the modern security business man. While it will look at skills we teach here at T4E, it also looks at the business management side of things.

It also looks to give you comprehensive knowledge of everything a modern security manager needs to know, including international law, cyber security, investigation and fraud prevention.

The two courses above are ideal for anybody who already had training in the security world, such as Training 4 Employment graduates. But if you’re looking to get into security for the first time, and don’t know if your background is suited to the field, here are some courses that could pay dividends when you apply to T4E.

 

Psychology – Teaching similar skills to those found in criminology courses, a psychology course can give you an added edge when it comes to devising why the security techniques you are learning are being used.

Sports – Being physically fit is never a bad thing in the security world, and may in fact be essential for some security firms.

Human Resources – A lot of security is centred in customer care and hospitality. A HR degree shows that you have people skills, which can be a huge benefit in the security world.

 

Security GuardThat said, T4E has taken on students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Although these courses may offer someone a head start, we believe anybody with the right attitude can be moulded into an elite security professional.

Basic CV building blocks

Your CV can hold a lot of weight. For just a piece of paper, it can make the difference between landing an interview or not. A good one can get you considered for jobs way beyond your experience. Bad ones can slam hundreds of doors in your face without you knowing.

Needless to say, getting it right is important.

So we’ve compiled some CV essentials. Every sector requires some tweaks here and there, which you’ll have to discover on your own (in fact, you should always alter your CV to your chosen job application, as an all-purpose one is likely to be too generic), but for the most part these are the basics you’ll need to cover.

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Basic information

Top of the list on every CV you have should be your basic information. You may want to get right on with describing your many skills and qualifications, but you need to give potential employers your essential info first. Include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email address

This way, when sorting through CVs, employers can find you quickly.

Personal Statement

Next up comes a short, punchy paragraph about you. Keep it tight and focussed on your professional life. Mention which sector you want to work in, and why. There is no need to go into detail here, as your covering letter can deal with that. Just set yourself up for why you think you are worthy employing.

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Work Experience

The thing employers care most about is experience, not necessarily qualification. Unless this is your first job out of education, the qualifications will be taken for granted if you already have experience in the industry.

Here, list every job that applies in some way to the job you are applying for. Start with your most current position, and then work backwards. Include:

  • Company name
  • Role
  • Location
  • Start and end dates of employment

To keep things compact, use bullet points. If you have had five or more jobs, list the most recent five, and then only include any that have direct link with the job in question. If it starts to look to crammed (ideally, your CV should be no longer than two sides of A4), start cutting the least important ones.

Skills and Qualification

In a similar fashion to work experience, list out your qualifications in bullet point form. State the level (degree, a-level, GSCE, etc.), and include:

  • University/College/School
  • Subjects
  • Grade

Again, brevity is key – only mention the highest grade you achieved in any one subject. If you have an A-Level and a GSCE in ICT for example, only mention the A-Level.

Skills can be a little more specialised. Project management isn’t a skill you can be graded for, but if you have lead projects before, it is a key skill to mention. So write down any skill that could be useful in the job, and back it up with one or two sentences of proof where needs be (a driving license, for example, doesn’t need explanation, but evasive driving does).

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Hobbies and Interests

At this point, your CV is likely to have either got you an interview, or seen you fall down the pecking order. The hobbies and interests are simply there to start building a picture in the mind of the potential employer. What you like doing in your spare time won’t necessarily sway them to hire you, but if they can pick out a shared interest, it can make potential employers slightly more keen to talk to you. That is always a good thing, but again, keep it brief.

References

If you have a lot of room to spare, you can put personal references on the CV. But usually, it will be enough to say “References can be provided upon request”. Know in advance who you want talking for you. Former managers or mentors are great, but make sure they are on your side before you use them. A current employer, scared of losing you, may give out a negative reference.

These are the basics. The main thing to remember is brevity. Long winded CVs are a nightmare for employers presented with thousands of applicants. Focus on getting your point across as quickly as possible. When reading, think “Can I get this point across quicker?”. Keep it tight and tick all the right boxes, and with a bit of luck, you’ll start getting some call backs.

Security organisations in the UK

If you have ever tried to apply for a license, get a job, or do almost anything than can be regulated by a governing body (or 10), you’ll be aware of organisations that monitor other organisations.

Drivers who want their driving licenses have to deal with the DVLA. Want to make a complaint about TV shows? You have to send your problems to OFCOM. And then there is the Inland Revenue, everyone’s least favourite (just ask any self employed person when they are trying to fill in self assessment tax forms).

The security industry is no different. Training 4 Employment, during our various courses, will cover some of the governing bodies of the sector. Whether you are training to be a security guard, a door supervisor, a CCTV operator, or a close protection officer, you will have to deal with this organisations at some point.

So we have compiled a list of the most relevant bodies. There are minor, more specific ones we’ll leave off for now, but for the most part, these are the major ones.

BSIA

BSIA

British Security Industry Association

The major trade association in the UK, the BSIA has been the industry leader for over 40 years. They represent everyone from multinational corporations, to small enterprises. They not only regulate services, but they also regulate security products manufactured in the UK.

Any security firm worth their salt (the BSIA’s members account for 70% of the UK security sector’s annual turnover) will be SIA licensed. They also offer additional training through their training subsidiary, the Security Industry Training Organisation (SITO).

You can rely on the BSIA to have your back when it comes to representation, and the organisation is always striving to make work life better for their various members.

NSI

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National Security Inspectorate

Keeping up industry standards in such a delicate sector is vital. If a security firm is lax in any way, it can have dire ramifications. The NSI is the UK security sectors body of inspection. They make sure all of their members are up to scratch.

They monitor companies in a variety of ways, whether they work in residential or business security. Getting a certificate from them shows that the company in question is complying with the law, and operating on a high standard. The fringe benefits are obvious – these companies can be trusted, and that can only mean good things for their revenue stream.

SSAIB

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Security Systems and Alarm Inspection Board

Hardly a catchy title, but the SSAIB perform a very important service. As much as a security firm being a little lazy can cause problems, it’s arguable that an alarm or security system that isn’t up to snuff can lead to even more costly mistakes. The SSAIB performs regular checks on their members systems, including electronic security, fire alarm systems, and any other security system.

Again the benefits are obvious. The trust that comes along with such accreditation will help customers to trust the company in question. Combine recommendations from all three bodies, and security firms will find it much easier to attract new clients.


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When to apply for a job

There are many hurdles you have to leap over during the course of landing a job. Some you have complete control over – obtaining the right skills, applying for a wide range of jobs, and getting your interview technique down. Others are completely out of your hands – the right job position opening up, the person hiring having an ideal candidate in mind (that you don’t match up with), and even things like trains being on time!

The key is to harness what control you have and use it to your advantage. Which brings us to today’s blog post, looking at the best time of the year to apply for a job. This may seem like an area that will always be beyond your control, but in truth, there may be a way to apply order to the chaos.

Generally avoid summer and Christmas

To put this simply, you need to expend your effort when it makes the most sense to do so. You wouldn’t go for a beach holiday in the UK in the middle of winter, would you? No, so you shouldn’t be bending over backwards sending out CVs and chasing up every job site when companies, in general, won’t be hiring. Or at the very least, when they won’t be hiring quickly.

Senior management will probably be on holiday during the summer, so even if you do get a job opportunity, you’ll likely have to wait for the boss to come back before you can have an interview. Then they can’t hire you until their superior returns two weeks later. But then don’t expected to be given the paperwork because the administrator is in Florida.

Christmas is even worse, as entire firms will be off for extended periods of time. Furthermore, as it is the end of the year, recruiters will be reluctant to hire new people knowing a major holiday is coming up. This isn’t true of every sector (more on that later), but the vast majority of companies will fit into this category. Fortunately, this information does inform our estimate for when best to apply.

Concentrate on the start of the year and Autumn

If Christmas is the end of the year for a business, then mid-January will be the start (once everyone has got back into the swing of things). Companies tend to set out their vision for the coming year, and that usually corresponds with a flurry of firings and hirings. This means the window between January and April is the ideal time to be putting all your effort into your search. April is traditionally seen as the start of the financial year, so it may be the best month of all to go over the top in your search.

September through November is the corresponding period after the summer holidays, when normality sets in, and the push to meet end of year targets begins, so it is also fertile ground. Of course, you should be looking year round anyway, even if it is considered a quiet time, but these two periods are when your are most likely to land a new job. At least, in most cases. . .

Do your research

Business menThis step, along with applying some common step, will make all the difference. For example, if everyone is going on holiday in the summer, June, July and August are the best times to try and land a travel related job. Similarly, leisure companies like theme parks and cinema chains will be gearing up for their busy periods, so they too will be looking for new employees when everyone else is gearing down their searches.

Another factor to consider is the wave of students who flood the market every August/September after their graduation. If you have a similar degree, you may be crushed beneath the surge, so try and time your search smartly so that it either takes place before or after this stampede.

Whatever job you are applying for, you can use the three tips outlined above. Do your research and figure out if your company has specific busy/quiet times, and if they don’t, stick to the general time frames outlined ahead. Again, you should never stop searching, it just pays to step up, or step down, your search at certain times, so you don’t end up wasting your time. And hopefully, with a little luck, you’ll land your ideal job!

 

14 reasons why you failed your interview

No one likes interviews. You are putting yourself on show for a highly critical audience. The person interviewing you needs to know that you can add value to their business, and if you deserved to be given any of their money. That is the very definition of a “tough crowd”.

Unfortunately, there is no sure fire way to guarantee success. You may feel that you are perfect for the job, and nailed the interview, but factors outside of your control can derail the process (i.e. they already have a candidate in mind). However, there are lots of ways you can fail an interview quite quickly.

So here is a list of those all important factors that you do control. Master these, and you are giving yourself as good a chance as possible of landing yourself a new job.

1. Lateness - First things first – arrive on time. This is the very first thing they’ll ever notice about you, and no one likes to be kept waiting. Turning up late shows a lack of organisational skills and even hints at a lack of responsibility. So plan ahead and give yourself a margin for error.

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2. Appearance - When deciding what to wear, always dress up, not down. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Also make sure you iron out the creases and shine your shoes.

3. Rudeness - You are being interviewed the second you arrive, so treat the receptionist like you would the interviewer, as they may filter back any rudeness they experience. Manners go miles in this context, so be polite to everyone.

4. Focus/Attentiveness - Being tired is very detrimental, but also don’t be fidgety. Looking at the clock or your phone are bad ideas. Be alert, and keep your focus on the conversation.

5. Failing to answer basic questions - There will no doubt be pauses in your interview whilst you are thinking, but if questions like “When can you start?” and “Do you drive?” result in long “Errrr”s, you are in trouble.

6. Unclear idea about job role - Whilst you may not have a crystal clear idea of what the job entails (that can be addressed later), you should have memorised the basics. At the very least, you should know every role and responsibility mentioned in the job advert.

7. No knowledge of company - You absolutely have to have some understanding of the business at large. Again, the nitty-gritty can be addressed later, but you wouldn’t turn up at Coca-Cola without knowing they sell Sprite, and not 7-Up, would you?

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8. Vague or incorrect answers - Trying to hide your past with shady answers only makes the interviewer suspicious. You should also avoid lying at all costs, especially if the truth appears on your CV (the interviewer will be aware of the information it contains).

9. Don’t have any questions of your own - Never come without questions of your own. For one, you need to reassure yourself that the job is right for you. Furthermore, a lack of questions almost shows a desperation that you will accept anything. For low paying part-time jobs, this isn’t necessarily bad, but for bigger jobs, this doesn’t show you in the best light. It’s the most subtle way of playing “hard to get”.

10. Lack of documents - Don’t forget to bring your CV (even if you have sent it in), driving license, or any document that the interviewers asked you to bring.

11. Bad mouthing current job - This is an easy trap to fall into. In your desire to land a new job, you may be tempted to show how much better you are than your current role. Interviewers won’t like this, as it shows you aren’t all that loyal. If you might do the same to them should you choose to leave in the future, why bother hiring you in the first place?

12. Lack of confidence - Nerves are fine and natural, but being overly modest is detrimental. You are selling yourself short when you need to put your best foot forward. You aren’t “alright” at anything – you are only “good” or above.

13. Over confidence - Conversely, don’t make yourself out to be the greatest thing on planet Earth. This can make yourself seem arrogant, and people don’t typically like to work with others who are full of themselves. Confident but polite is the balance to strike.

14. Social media - To close, we have a problem that didn’t exist 20 years ago. Finding someone on Facebook or Twitter is incredibly easy these days, and interviewers will be looking through your recent posts. Bad mouthing the company? Lots of leaks about your current job? Abusive messages? All nails in the coffin.

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Security Guard Essentials

As with everything, the role of “security guard” is becoming more vague, as more and more nuances are added to the classic security guard cliché. The “Man with torch” picture is kind of a thing of the past.

Now, there are hundreds of variations on the job. The requirements, tools and responsibilities will change between almost every job, as every employer looks to tailor their security to their specific needs. A mansion requires different security to a shopping centre. A doorman at a bar will be expected to perform different tasks to a doorman at an office building, and so on. So nailing down a set “security guard equipment list” is tricky.

Instead, we have compiled a list of the things most security guards are going to be using. These items represent the staples of the profession, that if not required, are still good things to have to hand anyway. The list will serve to give you the most accurate overview of the typical tools of the trade possible.

Torch

TorchThe first and most basic component of a security guards arsenal, a torch is an essential for everybody, whether they work in the day or at night. Its benefits at night go without saying, but even during the day, you never know what could happen. If something happens in the interior of a building, you could wind up in a room with no light in it. They are so small and compact these days that there really is little excuse for not having one.

 

Boots

BootsYou may think this is actually too obvious, as you hadn’t planned on doing your security guard work barefoot, but choosing the right type of boot is critical. You are likely to be on your feet for the majority of your shift, usually walking around. A cheap pair of boots are going to cause you a lot of irritation after a while. You want something that is equal parts “comfort” and “functional”. Also, go for steel cap boots – though unlikely to happen, you are nonetheless removing the chance someone could stomp on your toes to get away.

Security Belt

One thing all security guards want to avoid is fumbling around with their equipment in an emergency situation. If rapid response items are zipped away in inside pockets, or dangling on a keychain, you may find yourself at a dangerous disadvantage. This is where a security belt steps in. Everything is strapped to your side for easy of use. Just try to remember where everything is!

Communication

Walkie TalkieYou are obviously going to have to have a means of communication with others when you are on the job. This is likely to be given to you by the employer, either in the form of a walkie talkie or a Bluetooth headset. We’d suggest you take an alternative with you as well, though. You don’t want to be caught short should something happen, so have a work-only mobile phone with you as well. This makes it highly unlikely you’ll ever be without a means of communication.

First Aid Kit

First Aid KitYou may not have considered this last provision, but a first aid kit can often prove to be invaluable. You won’t need to carry around a huge box of things, as you should have a more substantial first aid kit stored somewhere nearby anyway. But a small one, ideally one that can clip on to your security belt, can be used for minor injuries quickly.

 

 

Why physical security still matters

We’re sure we’re not the first to tell you this – everything is going digital. It’s seems all around us, everyday processes are becoming completely automated. When we go shopping, go on holiday, or go out on the town, you are likely to encounter a machine more than once.

So you would think that physical security, by means of security guards, doormen, and other individuals tasked with protection, are on the way out. Well, simply put, they aren’t.

Security Technology and You

You don’t need us to tell you that technology is taking over every aspect of our lives. From hospitals to cars, and from home life to work, you are never far away from something digital. And that is not a trend that is likely to change soon – every day, new technology is being invented that will push us further along as a species.

The security sector is no stranger to this advancement. In fact, security firms are often on the forefront of the movement. Security is one worry the whole world shares, so constantly improving our security technology is a worldwide goal. Be it for the military, or for public sector devices, every year it seems we are getting better at watching, protecting against, and ultimately stopping crime.

Protecting The World’s Most Important Man

As we’ve detailed a lot on this website, there is a lot that goes into security work. Be it as a door supervisor, bodyguard, or even a CCTV operator, a lot of planning, risk assessment and training has to come before any actual security can take place. This is true if you work at a small nightclub or if you are the head of security for a VIP.

But what if your VIP is the VIP. It takes a lot of planning to successfully execute any security detail, but what if you are one of the select few tasked with protecting the world’s most powerful man – the President of the United States of America?

Barack Obama

What happens on CCTV. . .

The rise and rise of CCTV systems in the world has lead to many different phenomenon. Some see the cameras everywhere as signs of the rapidly approaching “Big Brother” state, where we are watched 24/7. Others have seen the benefit of the system, bringing justice in crimes that may have otherwise gone unsolved. And then there are those poor unfortunates who have seen the system come back to haunt them in different ways.

Here are a few videos that show the vast impact CCTV has had, for better or for worse.

CCTV Operator – What you need to know

CCTV cameras are everywhere these days. They have become the go to visual and practical deterrent for the modern age. Want to become a CCTV operator? Well here are some things you may like to know:

 

History

 

Take a guess – when was the first CCTV system installed? The early 90s? Some point in the 80s? Nope – it was in 1948! German engineer Walter Bruch invented the system so that V-2 rockets could be launched and observed from a safe distance during World War 2.

UK Gun Laws

It is a well known fact that the UK is not infamous for gun crime. Strict regulations mean that, unlike many countries around the world, gun crime is incredibly low. Those wishing to obtain licenses must apply via their local police forces, and must provide various pieces of information (including proof of secure storage, valid reasons for possession, and details of two referees). And the police hold the right to deny licenses for any reason. Licenses last 5 years, and must contain information on every gun the licensee possesses.

 

But say you obtain the license, what guns can you legally own? See the list below for everything you can and can’t possess:

Requirements for Door Supervisors

Want to get into a career as a door supervisor? You’re in luck. We here at Training 4 Employment offer a course aimed at training the next generation of “bouncers”. Is it the career for you? Well here are a few requirements to give you an idea of if you are right for the job.

Famous Bodyguards

Close protection personnel, or bodyguards as they are commonly referred to, are usually seen but not heard. Their job is to take care of the rich and famous, and if they do their job well, they should be nothing more than an imposing figure in the background.