There are many opportunities in the job market currently for locating the perfect government career. If you've been hoping to find one in the security sector, then you may be wondering just how to go about this.
First, be certain you have a clean criminal record. The government, whether local, state, or federal, will not hire someone with a poor criminal history. There are far too many sensitives items and important personnel to protect for them to risk trusting someone who can't obey the laws of this country.
If you can pass the background check then your next item of focus is your credit rating. Yes, as crazy as it might seem, the government actually pays attention to your FICO score. There are several reasons for this, most of which revolve around one's personal responsibility and the possibility that you might steal something important to pay off a debt.
With a low credit rating you might not be able to receive a secret level security clearance. This does not mean the government won't hire you at all, but it does mean that you won't be guarding anything of any real importance.
Next, determine what manner of security job you desire to perform. There are several types of security ranging from internet and communications to walking around warehouses. Even joining up with Homeland Security or the Coast Guard may count as a security job.
If working directly for the government is not your thing, then perhaps try to hire on with a private security firm that performs government contracts. These generally operate on a global basis and are always hiring qualified people with a strong security background.
Speaking of background, it's important to have a little experience in the security field. Government jobs in this arena generally require some form of prior knowledge. If you are a former police officer or have been honorably discharged from the military then you have a good chance of applying for and being hired for this job market.
The jobs themselves are easy to locate. You can go online to a site like USA Jobs and perform a short search for security jobs. If none of the websites you find can help you - an unlikely situation - then you can go to your local employment office to see if any security firms which are contracted with them that are currently hiring.
As long as you meet the requirements and show up looking clean, neat, and professional you will probably get hired.