In order to get a correctional officer job, you need to craft an extraordinary resume and 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 reduced, 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) 524-8574 | Email


Results-driven, disciplined criminal justice professional with 8+ years of experience in 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 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
✓ 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 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)