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Include These Correctional Officer Skills
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Being able to interact efficiently with all sorts of people
- Stamina and resilience
- Integrity and reliability
- Being able to stay calm during stressful situations
- Physical fitness and the ability to employ control methods on prisoners
Similar Correctional Officer skills can be seen in the cover letter example provided below.
Dear Mr. Lytle:
Upon learning of your posting for a Correctional Officer, I was anxious to submit my resume for your review. As an experienced security professional with experience managing daily operations and ensuring optimal inmate health and safety, I am prepared to significantly contribute to your facility’s objectives.
My background includes performing all aspects of correctional facility management and patrolling, such as physical inspections, visual surveillance, and inmate supervision. From performing day-to-day operational responsibilities to responding to emergencies, I excel at delivering comprehensive facility support while thriving in high-pressure, high-stress environments.
Highlights of my experience include…
Playing a key role in reducing inmate disturbances and incidents and increasing overall facility safety.
Patrolling and inspecting buildings, prison units, yards, and clothing to ensure welfare, safety, and security of all inmates and personnel.
Assessing unanticipated and unpredictable situations and responding effectively and appropriate to mitigate risk and danger; physically restraining and controlling inmates when necessary.
Ensuring compliance with all Department of Corrections policies and procedures.
Maintaining top-flight physical fitness standards to enable inclusion on special force teams.
My skills in facility and inmate management have been finely honed, and I am confident my additional strengths will readily translate to your team. I would appreciate the chance to discuss this position and my qualifications further. Thank you, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.
Raymond G. Stewart