How to Become a Security Guard for the Federal Government


Security guards often play a major, understated role in protecting a company or industry's assets. As you may imagine, a Federal security guard's protection responsibilities may be even greater. As such, applying for a Federal security guard position will require a lot of detailed and verifiable information. The application process begins online with the USA Jobs website.

Things You'll Need

  • Access to the internet
  • Copies of certificates and degrees

Federal Jobs Site

  • Logon to and create an account. All federally employed guard positions must be listed on this website.

  • Create a resume that is tailored toward security work. Only list jobs and education that is related to security, such as criminal justice courses. Save the resume as "security" when completed. Scan any documents that show proof of certifications or degrees.

  • Search the jobs site to find security guard positions. Use different key words, such as "security guard" and "law enforcement" to find such jobs.

  • Ensure you are qualified for the positions. Although they may have different duties, many federal security jobs require physical fitness, clean criminal records or prior work experience. All will require United States citizenship. If possible, list veteran's preference, as your military experience will give you a leg up on the competition.

  • Retool your resume to fit security positions, if necessary. For example, if security guard positions require specific criminal justice courses that you have taken but didn't list in your resume, consider adding them. Look at the "duties" tab to see if what they require matches up with any of your personal experiences.

  • Follow all application instructions to the letter to ensure you have the best possible chance of getting the job. Some jobs require online applications, while others want paper applications mailed in a manila envelope.

Tips & Warnings

  • Federal security guard positions will likely require a background check. Some may even require a security clearance. If accepted, be prepared to fill out a background check application that will ask you to list a lot of personal information, including where you have lived, where you have worked, family member information and finances.

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