So you’ve finally gotten your license after months of rigorous training. Congratulations you’re now a security guard! There is just one more thing left to do now – get a job and be a full-pledged security guard. This part may be a little tricky depending on what you put on your resume. But more than that, companies are also looking at how you present yourself in formal writing, something we call a cover letter. So read on and stand out from troops of other applicants by wowing your target employer with your first cover letter masterpiece.
Before writing the cover letter you must research the company so you can tailor-fit your presentation of skills and experiences to what their requirements are. Your experiences may be as good as other applicants, so it’s better to let the employer know that you are who they’re looking for. Things to look out for include:
- The kind of customer base the company has.
- Company values and mission/vision.
- History, leadership and growth of the company.
It is also crucial to know the contact person to whom the cover letter will be addressed. After all, that is better than using the traditional ‘’To whom it may concern” or “Dear Sir/Madam”.
The heading of your cover letter must consist of your address at the top of the page. It is a matter of preference on whether you want it on the right or left side of the page. Just remember to make it visually professional. Include the date and below it write the contact person’s name, then the name and address of the company.
Make the body of your cover letter concise yet comprehensive enough that the employer would be able to tell that you’re fit for the post. This is where your research about the company comes in handy. In the first paragraph, tell the company who you are and why you are writing them, avoiding cliché statements like “I would like to apply for the position of” or “I wish to express my intentions to apply for” as much as possible.
In the next two paragraphs, show enthusiasm for the position available by detailing your qualifications based on what their needs are. Use the information you gathered from the company to relate your skills and how you’d be an asset to the company.
In the final paragraph, make a positive closing statement consisting of your availability for an interview. Remember to include your contact information (phone number or e-mail address) and advise them of the attached resume. Most importantly, thank the employer for taking time to read your masterpiece. You may use professional conclusions such as “Sincerely yours” or “Regards,” depending on your style. Leave some space for your name and signature.
On a final note, keep in mind that your cover letter may make or break your application, so it is crucial that you proofread for spelling errors, grammar, or whatever it is that may keep you from getting the job.