Cover letter for a security guard (5 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for a security guard.”

Examples of security guard cover letters

When applying for a security guard position, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is as follows:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Security guard cover letter”

“Dear [name],

I am writing in regard to the opening I saw for Security Guard at Retail Ocean. Your company seems like an exciting and challenging place to work, and I know I would fit right in. Thanks to my protective nature and past work experience, I would be a perfect fit for your Security Guard position.

My career began soon after high school. I attended Longford Tech, and upon graduation, I transitioned into the workforce. I worked at TradeLot as a maintenance assistant for five years. This was time well spent. Not only did I learn the ins and outs of professional life, but I also gained valuable knowledge of what it meant to be responsible and accountable.

From maintenance work, I moved on to Coral Springs University. I was working for the facilities department, and this proved to be a tremendous experience. The facilities department at a university is responsible for so many critical tasks: upkeep of the buildings, preparation and cleanup after events, and security of facilities and personnel. It was a broad-reaching and educational growth experience.

Being a Security Guard at Retail Ocean combines a number of the factors I am looking for in a career. I enjoy the process and efficiency of securing a building, either overnight or during an event. A qualified Security Guard must serve as an impenetrable line of protection for the company, and I am more than up to the task. I am an open person with a friendly demeanor, but I have keen instincts and pay impeccable attention to detail. I will remain committed to ensuring that your business remains secure but also a welcoming environment.


Malik Rabb”

Sample 2: “Security guard cover letter”

“Dear Security Department Director:

My name is Carlo Rico and I am currently working as a temporary security guard for the Security Temps Agency. I am licensed in the State of Illinois and have my Certification Protection Officer (CPO) designation which I earned last year. I recently took some continuing education courses to renew my certification. I am seeking a permanent position as a security guard and am responding to your ad in the Chicago Tribune online job site. I carefully reviewed all of the requirements listed in your ad and found that I meet all qualifications for a job as a security guard at Security Experts, Inc.

I have been working as a temp for just over a year now and have worked all shifts as well as numerous locations including warehouses, factories, office complexes and retail establishments. I have extensive experience with operating various kinds of alarm and computer systems as well as experience directing traffic, performing safety inspections and investigating suspicious events. I have knowledge of standard security procedures and am eager to go through the first rate training program I have heard so much about at Security Experts, Inc.

I have experience holding suspects until police officers arrive to further investigate and possibly make an arrest. I also have experience testifying on behalf of clients in depositions and court cases. I am in excellent physical condition with no vision or hearing impairments. I have passed all the required background checks and drug tests to be licensed and certified in the State of Illinois and am a diligent and competent security guard. Please review my attached application and resume. I am available for an interview any time and I can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or by email at [email] I appreciate your considering me for this position.



Carlo Rico”

Sample 3: “Security guard cover letter”

“[Today’s Date]

[Hiring Manager’s Name]

123 Company Address

Company’s City, State, Zip Code

(xxx) xxx-xxxx

Dear [Mr./Ms./Mrs.] [Hiring Manager’s Last Name],

As an aspiring and motivated security guard, I was thrilled to see ABC Security recently advertise on their website for a Senior Security Guard position. Please kindly accept this application from a highly resourceful and skilled security professional who is adept in driving efficiencies, devising safety, maintaining security, loss prevention procedures, and enhancing existing company assets.

I’m currently employed with Carter-William Hospital as the Senior Security Guard, where I’m responsible for monitoring, maintaining, and ensuring the safety of a 400+ room hospital compound. I’ve successfully managed the scheduling for my security team, leading to an average annual payroll savings of $6000, as well as mentoring and providing proper defense training.

I’m confident that my experience in handling emergency situations, theft prevention, and identifying potential security threats will more than meet your expectations.

To further support your base requirements, I can bring a determined and enthusiastic perspective to this position. I take direction well but am also capable of working independently. Additionally, I possess certifications in both first aid and CPR.

My resume is enclosed for your consideration. I firmly believe that I would be an asset to the ABC Security team and would very much appreciate the opportunity to discuss how my experience and certifications could contribute to your firm.


[Your name]”

Sample 4: “Security guard cover letter”

“Dear Campus Security Director:

My name is John Phillips. I am 21-years-old and just starting my third year at ABC State University as a pre-law student majoring in Criminal Justice. I am applying for a job as a security guard on the Campus Security Force. I would prefer a position at one of the libraries that stay open all night; however I would be happy to work in any position that fits in with my schedule of classes.

I believe my qualifications and skills are what you are looking for in a campus security guard according to information posted on the college website. I have knowledge of the security industry as well as public safety issues and I am able to remain calm and deal with people in a professional manner when faced with a true emergency. I have extensive computer knowledge and technology skills, and I currently hold an orange belt in karate. I am in excellent physical condition and continue to take karate classes and practice my technique.

I have no criminal record whatsoever. I have never had a parking ticket, a speeding ticket or any moving traffic violation. I am willing and able to go through a criminal background check, a drug test and other investigations that you may require of potential campus security employees. I am extremely responsible and dependable and would handle the authority of a security guard position in an appropriate manner.

Enclosed is my application, permission for a background check, resume and 2 letters of reference from 2 professors here at ABC State University. I am available for a meeting or interview any time at your convenience and I can be reached on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or via email at [email] Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


John Phillips

John Phillips”

Sample 5: “Security guard cover letter”

“Dear Mall Security Director:

I am applying for a job on the security force at ABC Mall. I am an experienced security guard and I am available to work any shift. My name is Paul Barton and I have been working for the past 2 years as a security guard on the 3p.m. to 9p.m. shift Monday through Saturday at ABC Retail Clothiers.I have always wanted to work on the mall security force, but knew you required several years of security guard experience before considering an applicant for a job.

I have earned my Certified Protection Officer (CPO) designation through the International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPP) and have also earned my Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. I am continuing to work on my Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice on a part time basis taking mostly online courses through State University. So far, I have taken courses in Security Basics, Communications, Crime Scene Conduct, Ethics, Access Control, Public Relations and Legal Responsibilities. In addition, I have received special training through the ABC Retail Clothiers security department on testifying in court, report writing and crime scene preservation.

While working at ABC Retail Clothiers I thwarted countless shoplifters. I have an eye for which shoppers to watch and am able to keep an eye on individual shoppers without being conspicuous and invasive. I am in excellent physical condition as I run work out regularly. I have been able to chase down and subdue shoplifters who ran out of the store with merchandise while the manager summoned the police to the scene. I have testified in court and at depositions and completed the required reports to prosecute defendants suspected of committing theft and vandalism. I was instrumental in reducing losses due to theft at ABC Retail Clothiers by 37% in the last 2 years.

My application, resume and a letter of reference from the general manager of ABC Retail Clothiers are all attached. I am happy to come to your office for a personal interview at your convenience. Please feel free to contact me on my cell phone at (555)-555-5555 or by email at [email] Thank you for your consideration.


Your Signature

Paul Barton”

Frequently Asked Questions: Examples of security guard cover letters

Do I need a cover letter for a security guard position?

Yes. A cover letter increases the chances of you getting hired; it sets you apart from other candidates with similar backgrounds and resumes.

How do I write an application letter for a security officer?

“Dear [Recipient’s title and last name], I am writing to apply for the position of security officer as advertised in [where you saw the advertisement]. My [two relevant attributes], and extensive experience make me a perfect fit for the position. I am eager to become a valued member of [company].”

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