In order to get a correctional officer job, you need to produce an extraordinary resume with an accompanying cover letter. A resume for Correctional Officer position is a snapshot of your skills, abilities, accomplishments and experiences. To make sure you highlight most relevant qualifications, go through the job description carefully.

As the average time a prospective employer spends in scanning a resume is progressively reducing, resume format perhaps became the most important factor in successful resume writing. Many formats of resumes are available including chronological, skills/functional, and hybrid/combination. You must choose the format that suits your needs based on your experience level and professional background.

Following is a combination resume for correctional officer position. This format is useful for professionals of all levels.


Correctional Officer Resume Sample


Samuel Stanley

302 Prospect Street, East Orange, NJ 78300
(009) 999-9999, Email


PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY: Results-driven, disciplined criminal justice professional with 8+ years of experience in correctional capacity. Adept at securing and monitoring inmates while developing a healthy rapport with them. Known for effective prevention of escape and violence.

➜ Demonstrated ability to enforce regulations and keep order within prisons
➜ Proven expertise in managing activities of inmates
➜ Committed to help in rehabilitation of offenders
➜ Special talent for inspecting facilities to ensure desired standards

● Discipline maintenance ● Interrogation techniques ● Conduct monitoring
● Escorting inmates ● Information recording ● Arrest procedures
● Inspects locks ● Visitors screening ● Reports evaluation
● Serving meals ● Evidence collection ● Offender counseling
● Court hearings ● Offender supervision ● Escape prevention


• Effectively managed an emergency situation of false fire alarms and conducted disciplinary action against the responsible inmate
• Devised economical health and fitness activities for inmates and was highly commended for the same
• Attained the award of most responsible correctional officer in 2012


Correctional Officer | State Prison, Las Vegas, NV |  4/2008 to Present

● Conduct searches of inmates and their surroundings to ensure no illegal item is kept
● Perform security observation duties and respond to emergencies
● Restrain and control offenders as and when necessary
● Supervise offenders while eating, sleeping and working
● Supervise offenders while commuting them from one place to another

Junior Correctional Officer | State Prison, Las Vegas, NV |  5/2006 to 4/2008

● Assisted in supervising offenders in a number of situations
● Helped correctional officer in performing body searches
● Performed paperwork and maintained electronic records
● Prepared and maintained forms and reports


North East University ● Lincoln, NE – 2005
Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

Specialized Training (120 hours) | Federal Bureau of Prisons


Member, American Correctional Association (ACA)