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How to Write a Security CV

Security officers protect people and property from thieves and other dangers.

Whether you're applying for a position as a security guard or placement in security management, a properly written CV will increase your chances of landing the job. Your security resume should show exactly what makes you a better choice for the position than other candidates.

Write your name at the top of the CV. Your name should be larger than the rest of the information in your resume so it stands out. Below your name, list your phone number, e-mail address and mailing address. If you have a website directly related to your security experience, list it here as well. Make sure you have a professional e-mail address without slang or objectionable words.

Place your employment objective directly under your contact information. Don't list what benefits you want such as health insurance and vacation time. Keep the objective to one sentence and avoid using the first person. For example: "A security guard position that requires firearm training and successful apprehension of suspects to keep office staff safe."

List your work experience as it relates to a security officer position. List each job you've had in this field in reverse chronological order, as suggested by the Rockport Institute. State the name of the position, the name of the company and when you started and finished working there. Underneath this heading, state all of your duties and accomplishments in your position. If you stopped 10 thieves in one week, for instance, note that. For example: "Patrolled 75 floors of a high-rise office building nightly, checking security doors and stairwells for intruders."

State your education in a new section. Most employers don't require formal training to be a security guard, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Still, it helps to list relevant education. If you have a degree in criminal justice, this will give you an edge over other applicants. Write the name and location of your college, the degree you earned and your graduation date.

List any relevant experience that doesn't fall under the work or education headings. Note whether you have certification in the security field. If your state requires licensure for security guards, note here whether you are licensed. State if you have a gun permit as well.


  • Use action words in the objective and work experience sections, such as "achieved", "protected" and "stopped."