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Old 03-08-2016, 11:16 AM
N_S N_S is offline
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Default Looking to get into security work? Try SIS.

I am not a recruiter, I am only a guard but I feel that some lurkers might benefit from my knowledge.

If you go on Craigslist under jobs/security you'll see a bunch of ads from SIS offering 16$/Hr or slightly more.

I have been working for Security Industry Specialists for almost a year now. It is the best job I've had (doesn't really say much, I've had some terrible ones). The pay is pretty good, the posts are safe and management is somewhere between excellent and at very least very competent. This is my 3rd year living off my CA guard card and I can tell you that having ANY of those three things working security is not the norm.
If you're 30k+ already I wouldn't bother, but if you're out of work and cash strapped or bagging groceries then whip together a resume and submit it.

This job does demand a bit more than most security work does.
-You must have good attendance, a DL and car or motorcycle is pretty much a must.
-When on post you will be standing. If you can't stand for long amounts of time you shouldn't do this job.
-You do need to look and more importantly ACT professional. Unless there is a medical reason you must be clean-shaven. Having extremely polite customer service towards everyone (even if they're doing something shady) is a must.
-There is paperwork. Some DARs and contractor logs to fill out. You must do so correctly but it's honestly not very hard or time-consuming.
-They aren't going to dump you somewhere unsupervised. You can get away with a little slacking if you're careful, but this isn't one of those sleep-in-my-car type gigs (I've done those before!).
-Confidentiality is very important. There will be NDAs and prompt firing/lawsuits for breaking them. Notice I am not talking about where I work or what I guard, just some of the general job characteristics.
-You will be using a radio. You need to use it correctly without blurting out stupid things over the air or damaging it. The radios are very expensive.

On the bright side:
-No guard card? No problem! Like a lot of companies SIS trains in-house. They can hire you with no security experience whatsoever. If you lose the job you will still have the card so you can work security elsewhere.
-Customer service is the biggest thing they look for, if you come from a background that deals a lot in that (even retail helps a lot) you have a foot in the door. We have even had supervisors hired with no prior security experience whatsoever and they are actually good at what they do.
-The posts aren't dangerous. You aren't going to be sent to bad neighborhoods and left unattended. You are also not permitted to carry weapons, but this is mostly a hands-off company so you aren't going to be chasing or grabbing people anyway.
-There are actual breaks. Either a supervisor, another guard or a break relief guard will take your spot for breaks and lunches. Both breaks and lunches are longer than the state-required minimum. They shoot for 2 hours between each, although sometimes it takes longer. Again, being able to stand is a must but at least you don't have to do it for 4-12 hours straight.
-Flex positions are actually a flex. You give them a schedule and they fill it in. If you aren't available they won't call you in.
-There are always hours to pick up if you want to. If you want to work 72 hours a week it's actually possible and the OT adds up fast.
-The company does promote internally. You can also apply to be swapped to a different site and there are contracts in other states if you want to relocate.
-There are a lot of current/former LEOs working with SIS, so if you're going that direction you get to make connections.

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