What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?
I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!
Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:
- Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
- Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
- Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
- Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
- How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
- Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
- Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
- Have you proofread your cover letter?
- Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!
Dear Hiring Manager
It came to my attention that the Seaside Corporation is currently looking for a Security Guard. I am a former Marine with more than 10 years of experience as a Security Guard, and strong knowledge of safety and security best practices.
My previous experience includes working as a Security Guard for Seaside Bank and the Northern Paper Company. I also worked as a personal bodyguard for high-profile individuals, where I converted potential conflicts into positive outcomes using my superior problem solving skills.
During my time as a Marine I learned self-discipline and how to perceive my surroundings. This knowledge became ingrained in me and has served me well throughout my career as a Security Guard. I always know how to control a situation and neutralize threats. I perform well in high-stress situations, and I remain calm at all times.
I have a robust knowledge of current security technologies and I am an expert at developing efficient and thorough security processes. I would be delighted to put these skills to work at the Seaside Corporation. I am confident that my experience both as a marine and a security professional make me a top candidate for this role.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you to discuss this position in more detail.
How to write a security guard cover letter?
- Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
- Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
- Mention where you found the job posting and your interest in the opportunity
- Use the first paragraph to explain why you would be a great hire as the security guard
- Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
- Thank the reader and express interest in discussing the role in more detail
- End the cover letter with a professional sign-off and your full name
- Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length