Correctional Officer Resume Sample

Updated on September 8, 2018

To get a correctional officer job, you will need to craft an extraordinary resume and cover letter.

A resume for the Correctional Officer position is a snapshot of your skills, abilities, accomplishments, and experiences. To make sure you highlight the most relevant qualifications, carefully read the job description provided by the employer.

As the average time a prospective employer spends in scanning a resume is reduced, resume format perhaps became the most crucial 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 a correctional officer position. This format is useful for professionals of all levels.


Correctional Officer Resume Example



Samuel Stanley

302 Prospect Street, East Orange, NJ 78300
(009) 524-8574 | Email


Results-driven and disciplined criminal justice professional with 12+ years of experience in different correctional capacities. 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 the activities of inmates.
• Committed to helping in the rehabilitation of offenders.
• Unique talent for inspecting facilities to ensure desired standards.

✓ Discipline maintenance✓ Interrogation techniques✓ Conduct monitoring
✓ Escorting inmates✓ Information recording✓ Arrest procedures
✓ Locks inspection✓ Visitors screening✓ Reports evaluation
✓ Meals serving✓ 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 the 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 many 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)

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