A security guard plays a significant role in the protection of people and property. Many of those working as security guards have other full-time jobs and work security as a second or part-time income. Some are employed by security companies and accept whatever assignment they are given. Others may work directly for a company or business.
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Prepare a detailed CV of your services as a security guard. You'll need this information to design your cover letter. Once you get your CV completed, you can easily pick out the highlights that substantiate your qualifications for the open position.
Research the company. Make the effort to learn the name of the person who is recruiting for job. When you address your cover letter to a specific person, it shows you are interested enough in the job to find out the details. It also provides a better chance that your application won't end up in a stack on the wrong person's desk.
Open your cover letter with a cordial greeting and a brief statement identifying the security guard position. If there is a number associated with the opening, be sure to include it in the reference. For large companies, jobs are often known only by a reference number.
Write the body of the letter to highlight skills or experiences that will meet or exceed the qualifications listed for the job. This is based on the information you obtained when you researched the company. For instance, if you are a retired military person applying as a security guard, refer to your military training as an asset to the job.
Include information about your background and anything relevant to providing a safe environment. Since most security guard work requires a lot of time standing or walking, it's important to relate how you are physically capable of withstanding gruelling hours on patrol. Other positions require long hours sitting in front of monitors. Address your ability to handle the physical requirements and remain alert at either type of job.
Make a note of any licence you may have as a security guard. Some companies require a security guard to be licensed.
Conclude your cover letter with a request for an interview to further discuss how you can be of benefit to the company. Be assertive, but polite.
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- Use matching professional-quality paper for both your CV and cover letter.