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    Thanks to any & all!
    Last edited by FDG06; 08-03-2008, 02:41 AM.
    Sometimes there is "Justice", sometimes there is "Just Us"

  • #2
    It sounds like your applying for security companies that want security guards, and are afraid of police officers. LEO OJT may mean, "Oh, I want some small town cop or reservist, not the freakin SWAT team!" I've got two companies locally that are afraid of anyone who has credentialed training in security. I made the mistake of applying to one "security police company" with my resume which certifications and (then active) state licensing. I was told that I was overqualified for a "guard position," that they only have unarmed guards (So why is it a Security Police company?) and that I should apply to the local police department.

    The other was a "private police" company that sticks the term "police officer" on you, and prohibits you from carrying so much as a flashlight. No, thanks, I want to live.
    Some Kind of Commando Leader

    "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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    • #3
      I agree with Nathan. I know from your post that you have tried to make your resume "lean." If you simply want a O & R position with a contract company, trim your resume some more. When interviewing, try to avoid using terminology or other protocol that would reveal your level of experience. Once hired, avoid suggestions or other conversations with your supervisor that might make him think that you are better qualified than he/she is. (No doubt you are, but you need to play the "game")

      Too bad it has to be that way. Once you have some seniority (which shouldn't take too long ) you may be in a great position to impress the client contact with your experience. If the facility manager loves you, then you've got it made. Some FM's won't even speak with account managers because they only want to deal with the site supervisor. Likely, time is the only thing you'll need to be in such a position.
      Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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      • #4
        I'm not quite sure how to make "I worked as a GSA Police Officer" lean, though.
        Some Kind of Commando Leader

        "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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        • #5
          FDG06:
          If you have had a minimum of three as a sworn police officer, graduated from a recognized police academy, or military academy, Army or Air Force you might want to consider applying for a position as a Court Security Officer in the Federal Court System. The contract is administered by the US Marshals Service. You work for a select few security companies and after and exhaustive background investigation and specific training at the USMS Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at Glynco Georgia you will be sworn in as a Special Deputy US Marshal while employed.
          Be advised the job is not for the faint of heart. Several CSOs have been murdered in the line of duty. You work hard for a day's pay and have the satisfaction of manning the first line of defense at federal courthouses manning security equipment at selected entrances. In addition to that one you may be required to escort judges to their vehicle, day, night or weekends. You are armed while on duty.
          You have to have street smarts.
          Contact the District US Marshal or a Supervisory Deputy at a suboffice. You have nothing to lose by making an inquiry.
          Enjoy the day,
          Bill

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          • #6
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            Last edited by FDG06; 08-03-2008, 02:41 AM.
            Sometimes there is "Justice", sometimes there is "Just Us"

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            • #7
              If you're trying to get hired entry level with an observe and report company, strip it. They don't want you to be "qualified," they want you to wear a uniform, do what your told (whatever that may be) and put in your 40 without question or complaint - or most importantly, rocking the boat.
              Some Kind of Commando Leader

              "Every time I see another crazy Florida post, I'm glad I don't work there." ~ Minneapolis Security on Florida Security Law

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              • #8
                Maybe change your resume format. Bump your work history to the bottom. Better yet, skip the resume completely if you can just get away with filling out the job application on site. I feel for you. I try to get as much moonlighting experience as I can on my weeks off. I have had to really dumb down my resume and my appearance. LOL
                Booth

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                • #9
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                  Last edited by garbinator; 10-03-2006, 01:47 PM.

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                  • #10
                    You maybe right histfan71, my history is not very welcomed much anywhere in general. I am not in any form disagreeing with you as it just occurred to me this is only my second post. No problems no offense taken I will voluntarily remove my post. I will leave you guys and gals in your world as you see it, mine, well, mine consisted of working with exceedingly ruthless people whom would kill you for the mere sport. My intent was to impart certain experiences as a form of awareness training for those who receive little to no street survival training.

                    Just remember this one thing before I depart, the free countries of the world are in a totally new fight. It’s called Islamic Jihad, they care not about appeasement nor of the minor consequence--last second mercy let’s say of sparing your life, a life of a mere infidel as that of a common street criminal may very well have in allowing you to live. The security industry as a whole I believe is in a direct line of fire regards these very types of domestic actions sure to increase in the very near future.

                    But let me assure you I must watch 24 every Tuesday night so that too must make me a complete phony as well?

                    Good luck and God’s speed to the rest of you out there.

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                    • #11
                      Take care. We wish you the best.

                      Be safe,

                      Mr. Security
                      Security: Freedom from fear; danger; safe; a feeling of well-being. (Webster's)

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