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The good news is that if you just turned 18 years old, you will now be able to get a job as an unarmed security guard. The bad news is that you have to be 21 in most states to get a job as an armed guard.

You can find security jobs at SNAGAJOB. Click the link and go to the right upper part of the page that looks like this:

Click on the link that says “Search with keywords BETA” and then put in the keyword “security” along with your zip code. This will bring up all the security related jobs in your area and it is free to sign up to Snagajob and find a job through them.

There are not any federal regulations for security guards so you have to check with your state to find out what you need to do in order to become one. Some states are more strict than others and will require you to pass more tests than others.

Security guards most often need to be trained and there are schools in each state you can go to that will train you. A certificate from one of them should be all you need in order to get your first job. But how do you find those schools and where can you find official information online about what you have do do?

The best thing to do is to go online and search first for information about your states laws and then about where you can get trained. Remember, sites that end in .gov are official government websites so if you can find information on a .gov site, you will know it is legitimate.

All other domain endings such as .com, .net, .org, etc are NOT government websites and the information on those websites could be false. Before trusting any one of those sites please do your homework and investigate as much as possible.

Summer 2013 is fast approaching and now is the time to find summer jobs for 18 year olds. Whether it be your full time job after high school or just a summer job before college, you need to start looking NOW!