Hello, I’m Natalie Clack, Head of Central Operations at  Cardinal Security.  We have recently changed how you can apply for a role through our new online portal cardinalsecurity.co.uk/jobs-listing/.  The portal lists all jobs currently available in the UK and ensures that it hits the mark with its user-friendly functions.

We are a dynamic and forward-thinking company that prides itself on the quality of its staff and the service they provide. The company is an approved Contractor through the SIA and is placed within the top 5% of all security providers which benchmarks our high quality within the industry and shows us as best in class.  It is therefore important that we attract the right candidates for each role we advertise.

People often ask me what advice would you give job seekers and below is a list of my suggestions for applying and getting through to the interview stage.

1 – Ensure that you tick all the primary boxes when applying for a role at Cardinal Security:-

  1. You currently hold a valid, front-line SIA Licence
  2. You are aged 18 or over and have the right to work in the UK
  3. Can pass identity, work history, and criminal record checks

2 – Highlight your experience within the industry

Relevant experience in the same field of the industry as the job being advertised, be it work experience, voluntary work, etc are what will really set you above the other applicants.

Remember, it is good to demonstrate some career focus, even in those early stages of your career.  This will ensure that you are dedicated to the role and the industry.

3 – Be Confident

Being a security guard is all about being confident – think about how you portray yourself and check your body language.

4 – Quick Thinking

You are constantly thinking on your feet as a security guard – do you have the ability to think quickly and help others, assets, and property?

5 – Reporting

You must have the ability to write reports on a regular basis – it is an essential part of your workload.  Always think about what information is needed – but keep the information succinct and detailed.

6 – Follow Instruction

Following written instructions is also a key part of being a security guard – ensure you have the ability to read everything that is outlined by team members and managers.

7 – Video Star

Currently, in this country CCTV comes as part and parcel with manned guarding.  Get to grips with the basic technologies and ensure that you know what to do when you things go wrong.

Remember, if you don’t make the shortlist for a particular job, don’t give up – it is possible that you may just not be suited to that particular role.

Good luck!

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