The security people you usually see in bars, night clubs, event spaces or other formal gatherings are called bouncers. They are there to ensure the safety and security in the venue where it is inevitable to have occasional troubles and related accidents. It is also importance to ensure adherence to laws and legal procedures in order to maintain the reputation of the establishment. They are there to strictly comply with rules such as prohibiting minors from drinking or even to stop illegal practices from taking place.
They may also be employed in events like concerts and theater events. Hiring can either be through direct hiring in the establishment or venue or can be through an agency offering these kinds of services to the company.
Skills and Qualifications
Dealing with customers and ensuring orderliness inside the establishment or during an event requires good interpersonal skills and a sense of sensitivity. A bouncer needs to know how to interact well and to implement rules without being too abusive or passive. He needs to have that firm decision and word in order to be followed by the different individuals coming from different backgrounds and varying age groups.
He must also be physically fit to be able to complete long hours at night or the required time shift he needs to finish. There may also be instances that he needs to be flexible on time, especially for events and concerts. There are also some demands on holidays and weekends depending on schedule.
A high school diploma or equivalent background may be needed for a bouncer. Basic knowledge of first aid and handling emergencies is also necessary. Other preferred backgrounds include those with military-related or law enforcement experience. This is preferred because they will be first line of defense and the primary point of contact between these individuals. Having a good and exclusive network of people including private and public officials is also preferable. This gives a good foundation for the event and establishment in having reliable contacts on hand.
They are to ensure that every person who will enter the establishment will not cause any related harm or damages. As such, they are to monitor every visitor going inside. They are also to monitor the crowd behavior and also see if the inside of the establishment is already overcrowded or not. Aside from this, they are also there to stop any disturbances and trouble.
They are also responsible in serving as a link between the establishment and law enforcement officials. The bouncer makes sure that the operations run in an orderly and secure manner. As such, any individual who may be causing disturbances can be sent out of the establishment. They are also there to provide reports to management regarding important accidents or problems that need attention and necessary actions.
Bouncer Job Advertisements
Job advertisements for bouncers are currently available online or through newspapers. Additionally, there are also organizations like the National Club Industry Association of America that can provide job opportunities to prospective candidates.