Event season is upon us.

The majority of the population associate this with long days lounging in fields and finally seeing that band they love in real life, Security Officers see dollar signs and work opportunities everywhere. So what skills can you gain that make you more likely to get the best jobs at large-scale events this summer?

Here’s a quick guide to the most sought-after skills for Event Security Officers that can really make your job application stand out.

More people = more responsibility

Event work can be one of the most enjoyable roles within the physical Security Industry. However, it requires a wide range of advanced skills to counter various threats and issues that you may have to deal with.

The Security Industry Authority’s “Door Supervisor” licence training will cover some of these subjects. But extra training and skills in the following areas can make you excel as an Event Security Officer:

First Aid

Although the basic SIA-mandated First Aid training is useful, Advanced Trauma Training could be hugely beneficial. In any incident with physical injuries, it would be an attractive skill for potential employers. Large crowds always mean more risk, and Advanced Trauma Training can make a huge difference.

“ACT” Counter Terrorism Training

Unfortunately, big events are always going to be a target for those seeking spread fear. The online course FREEACT only takes a few hours to complete. The course is hugely valuable for the deterrence and detection of terrorist activity. The entire course is online, free, can be done from the comfort of your own home.

It’s a gold star on your CV.

Knowledge of criminal and civil law

Although most people go to festivals to have fun and let loose, you may encounter a variety of crime and criminality. Understanding your powers enables you to confidently deal with the issues you may encounter.

Crowd dynamics

As an Event Security Officer, crowd safety is always a priority: Being able to identify bottlenecks, overcrowding or changes in the mood of the attendees. Knowing how to mitigate and deal with potential issues, is essential.

Communication skills

No matter what role you may be performing at an event, the ability to convey important information clearly and concisely is such an underrated skill. By radio, telephone or face-to-face, this is of vital importance. In the event of an emergency, it could save lives.

Situational awareness

Excellent observation skills are vital at any event. You will need to be on the lookout for criminality, potential dangers, terrorist activity and health & safety issues. Always remember that you are there to protect people and property, not to watch the concert or sporting events.

Situational awareness

You will also need to be aware that at high-profile events there may be press or media coverage. Keep in mind that you are an ambassador. Not just for yourself or your company, but for the greater Security Industry. Acting with the professionalism this responsibility demands can make a difference to Security Officers all around the world!

Work the events you want

The Orka Works app regularly has opportunities for Security Officers at large-scale events of all kinds. If you’re interested in working with some of the biggest security companies in the UK, choosing only the shifts you want and getting valuable experience to put on your CV, download the app today to get started.

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