A job advertisement that says that a company is looking for an “all encompassing, dynamic individual who can do everything on the list” can sure be scary! And exciting at the same time. Advertisements for security officer position are designed to be scary. They spell out everything that a company wants in an individual, knowing that it isn’t possible to have it all. But the closest match wins. So the next time you look at an advertisement, do not think “how can I meet the requirements exactly” – instead think “how close am I to meeting the requirements”.
This proximity is what you have to prove in a security officer cover letter. The closer your skills are to a company’s requirements, the better your employment chances are. It is a fool proof formula. The focus should be on ensuring that your cover letter is smoothly written and has all the markings of what the employer needs in an employee – or most of it anyway.
For instance, if the advertisement clearly states that they are looking for someone with “military training”, you can only apply if you have a background in that kind of training. But if this is not a prerequisite, knowledge of criminal statutes and investigative inclination will be enough.
2354 Elizabeth Street
Duluth, GA 90012
March 31, 2016
Mr. Ronald Mason
64 Fox Ave
Duluth, GA 99927
Dear Mr. Mason:
As a vigilant individual who sleeps with “one eye open” and able to act calmly in crises situations, I believe I perfectly fit the criteria of a Security Officer position at Sunstates Security.
If you delve into my credentials, you will discover that I possess an active Top Secret / SCI security clearance, with extensive background in security and investigation. Some of the values I would bring to your organization include:
• Committed to protect life and property through preventing and reducing loss and crimes against communities
• Focused on maintaining constant surveillance of assigned areas with the aim of providing maximum protection
• Adept at handling emergency situations such as accidents, fires and robberies by taking necessary safe-guarding steps to apprehend guilty parties
With the track record in public safety arena and leadership qualities, you can be rest assured that I would be able to make an immediate and positive contribution to Sunstates Security. I would like to discuss my background with you in person and will call you next week to set up an interview. I can be reached at (000) 999-9999 for any further communication before we have a chance to meet.