A security guard cover letter should describe the applicant’s past experience and any relevant education. Any situations with which the guard was faced and had to quickly and safely resolve to in order to protect individuals and property can be mentioned as well. The letter should be well-written with no misspelled words or grammatical errors. It is a good idea to have a trusted friend or family member assist in proofreading the document to make sure there are no mistakes.Here are some security guard cover letter samples that you can use as guides to create one that is right for you.
Example 1 – Target to Company
This security guard cover letter example is from a college student who is a pre-law major and is looking for an evening job to help pay for tuition. He is applying for a job as a night security guard at one of the campus libraries that is open all night.
Dear Campus Security Director:
My name is John Phillips. I am 21-years-old and just starting my third year at ABC State University as a pre-law student majoring in Criminal Justice. I am applying for a job as a security guard on the Campus Security Force. I would prefer a position at one of the libraries that stay open all night; however I would be happy to work in any position that fits in with my schedule of classes.
I believe my qualifications and skills are what you are looking for in a campus security guard according to information posted on the college website. I have knowledge of the security industry as well as public safety issues and I am able to remain calm and deal with people in a professional manner when faced with a true emergency. I have extensive computer knowledge and technology skills, and I currently hold an orange belt in karate. I am in excellent physical condition and continue to take karate classes and practice my technique.
I have no criminal record whatsoever. I have never had a parking ticket, a speeding ticket or any moving traffic violation. I am willing and able to go through a criminal background check, a drug test and other investigations that you may require of potential campus security employees. I am extremely responsible and dependable and would handle the authority of a security guard position in an appropriate manner.
Enclosed is my application, permission for a background check, resume and 2 letters of reference from 2 professors here at ABC State University. I am available for a meeting or interview any time at your convenience and I can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email] Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This security guard cover letter example is from a licensed security guard who works at a retail store and would like to transition to a mall environment. He has his state license and certification and takes continuing education courses each year to keep his license current and his skills sharp.
Dear Mall Security Director:
I am applying for a job on the security force at ABC Mall. I am an experienced security guard and I am available to work any shift. My name is Paul Barton and I have been working for the past 2 years as a security guard on the 3p.m. to 9p.m. shift Monday through Saturday at ABC Retail Clothiers.I have always wanted to work on the mall security force, but knew you required several years of security guard experience before considering an applicant for a job.
I have earned my Certified Protection Officer (CPO) designation through the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPP) and have also earned my Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. I am continuing to work on my Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice on a part time basis taking mostly online courses through State University. So far, I have taken courses in Security Basics, Communications, Crime Scene Conduct, Ethics, Access Control, Public Relations and Legal Responsibilities. In addition, I have received special training through the ABC Retail Clothiers security department on testifying in court, report writing and crime scene preservation.
While working at ABC Retail Clothiers I thwarted countless shoplifters. I have an eye for which shoppers to watch and am able to keep an eye on individual shoppers without being conspicuous and invasive. I am in excellent physical condition as I run work out regularly. I have been able to chase down and subdue shoplifters who ran out of the store with merchandise while the manager summoned the police to the scene. I have testified in court and at depositions and completed the required reports to prosecute defendants suspected of committing theft and vandalism. I was instrumental in reducing losses due to theft at ABC Retail Clothiers by 37% in the last 2 years.
My application, resume and a letter of reference from the general manager of ABC Retail Clothiers are all attached. I am happy to come to your office for a personal interview at your convenience. Please feel free to contact me on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or by email at [email] Thank you for your consideration.
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This security guard cover letter example is from an individual who is licensed and certified and currently works for a temporary agency that sends him out to a different job site almost every day. He is seeking permanent employment with a company that will assign him to a regular post.
Dear Security Department Director:
My name is Carlo Rico and I am currently working as a temporary security guard for the Security Temps Agency. I am licensed in the State of Illinois and have my Certification Protection Officer (CPO) designation which I earned last year. I recently took some continuing education courses to renew my certification. I am seeking a permanent position as a security guard and am responding to your ad in the Chicago Tribune online job site. I carefully reviewed all of the requirements listed in your ad and found that I meet all qualifications for a job as a security guard at Security Experts, Inc.
I have been working as a temp for just over a year now and have worked all shifts as well as numerous locations including warehouses, factories, office complexes and retail establishments. I have extensive experience with operating various kinds of alarm and computer systems as well as experience directing traffic, performing safety inspections and investigating suspicious events. I have knowledge of standard security procedures and am eager to go through the first rate training program I have heard so much about at Security Experts, Inc.
I have experience holding suspects until police officers arrive to further investigate and possibly make an arrest. I also have experience testifying on behalf of clients in depositions and court cases. I am in excellent physical condition with no vision or hearing impairments. I have passed all the required background checks and drug tests to be licensed and certified in the State of Illinois and am a diligent and competent security guard. Please review my attached application and resume. I am available for an interview any time and I can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or by email at [email] I appreciate your considering me for this position.