Security guards or personnel are undoubtedly one of the most important workers or staff members in any organization. Every organization wants to make sure its product, equipment, and even staff members are safe.
Corporate organizations, homes, and other institutions cannot guarantee the safety of lives and properties without the help of security officials.
As much as organizations need the services of security officials, they also look forward to hiring security officials that are trained to do the job considering the hazards accompanying the job role.
If you are a trained security official, then rest assured that there is a place for you in the job market as security officials are in high demand. As much as there is a demand for trained security personnel, there are also many trained security personnel looking to land a job in Nigeria.
The question is; how do you stand out as the best person job candidate for the role?
The truth is that many security officials are looking to get the available security jobs available in Nigeria. Your application letter can help you stand out from other job candidates.
The way you write your application letter for a security job in Nigeria will determine whether or not you will get the job.
If you have trained as a security official, but you don’t know how to go about writing an application letter for a security job in Nigeria, then this article is for you.
In this article, we will walk you through the step-by-step process you need to follow to write an application letter for a security job in Nigeria.
When you are writing a security official application letter in Nigeria, you have to make sure you include all the details that will make the employer select you.
When it comes to recruiting a security man or woman, employers want to make sure that job candidates possess the necessary skills and training. Employers look forward to seeing skills like surveillance, attention to detail, etc.
Asides from having the needed skills, employers want to hire trained security men/women. So, the training that you have acquired will affect your qualification for the job.
So when you are writing your application letter, it is good you let the recruiter know the training that you acquired that makes you qualified for the role.
When you are writing your application letter for a security job in Nigeria, you must add your contact information and date at the top of your letter.
Usually, your contact information should be at the top left corner of the letter, and that of the company should be at the top left corner of the letter. It is also good that you add a date at the end of the contact information.
Before you start writing about your skills and qualifications in the body of your letter, you should, first of all, greet the person that you are addressing in the letter. You can greet the receiver professionally by adding MR/MRS to their last name.
After greeting the receiver professionally, you can go ahead to state your purpose of writing the letter. Simply state that you want to apply for a job as a security officer (depending on the title of the role) in their company.
After you have stated the purpose of your letter, you can go ahead to explain what makes you think you are the best person for the position.
In the second paragraph of your application letter, you start providing details about your experience working as a security officer and some relevant training and certifications that may contribute to the strengthening of the company’s security.
In the third paragraph of your application letter, you go on to elaborate on the skills, certifications and training that makes you the best job candidate for the role.
In the fourth paragraph of your application letter, you should inform the employer that you are looking forward to being interviewed. You can also indicate how you intend to follow up on the letter and after how long if you do not get a response.
In the last sentence of your application letter, you should thank the reader for taking out time to consider your application.
We have talked about the structure of your application letter, now we are going to walk you through how you can write an application letter.
When you are writing an application letter, you have to make sure you are giving the employer, recruiter, or HR manager all the information needed. You should give useful information that endorses you as the best person for the job.
In this section, we are going to walk you through the kind of information that you should include in your application letter.
When you are writing your application letter, you must include some information about the company and its role. When you do this, it shows the recruiter that you are interested in the role because you have researched the role.
Including information about the company and role in your application letter also helps you tailor your application to the specific role that you are looking to get.
It is no news that recruiters/employers look forward to hiring job candidates that are interested in the job. You should show your interest in the job right from your first sentence.
It is good that you mention the job title that you are looking to get and how you saw the job vacancy. You should also talk about what interests you the most about the role so that the recruiter can see your passion and enthusiasm for the role.
You should also state the skills, experience, qualifications, etc. that makes you the best fit for the position. The recruiter will read the first paragraph of your application letter, so it is good you capture their interest at this stage.
After your first paragraph introduces you to the role that you are applying for, the remaining paragraphs should outline your work experience and qualifications.
Recruiters are indeed interested in job candidates that show enthusiasm for the role, but every employer wants to hire someone that has what it takes to do the job effectively. You must talk about your experience and qualifications in such a way that it aligns with the goal and vision of the company.
For example, if you are applying for a role in marketing, you should talk about how many leads you have brought to the company, how you have been able to impact revenue in your previous job, etc.
Recruiters/employers want to have an idea of their potential employees asides from their qualifications and work experience. At the end of the day, the employer is going to be working with a person and not with qualifications and skills.
It is good to show some aspects of your personality, but make sure it gives the employer reasons why you are a perfect fit for the job.
Before you end your letter, appreciate the recruiter for taking out time to go through your application letter and for considering you for the position.
The recruiter has taken out time to read your letter, so showing your gratitude for the time spent is a polite and professional way to end your letter.
A professional sign-off is important to close the letter like “sincerely”, etc. After this, you should include your full name and then your signature. When you are submitting your application letter via email, you should include your contact information (you can create a signature to achieve this).
The format of your application letter will depend on the method that you are going to use to it. If you wish to email the letter, the format will be different if you are going to submit the hard copy.
For an email application letter, your contact information should be at the end of the email instead of at the beginning for printed letters.
When you are emailing your application letter, you need to consider your subject line. The subject of an email is very important, because it may determine whether or not the recruiter will be interested to open and read the email.
Always make sure your subject lines are professional, polite, short, and related to the role that you are applying for.
So far, we have talked about how you can structure your application letter, and how to write an application letter. Now, we are going to walk you through an application letter for a security job.
With this example, you would be able to write your application for a security job that you are looking to get.
Plot 3, Airport Road, Ikeja,
080 (000) (0000)
January, 24th 2022.
ABC Group of Companies.
10 Main Street,
Dear Mr Dave
APPLICATION FOR THE ROLE OF SECURITY EXECUTIVE
I am reaching out to you in response to the security executive position that you posted on myjobmag.com. I was so excited when I saw the job advert for a security executive, I am an experienced security operative with over 4 years of working experience. I would love to help the company achieve its goals by ensuring that the products and staff members are safe.
I have worked as a security executive in the past 4 years for both large and small companies. In my previous role, I worked closely with the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and supported the administration of different security departments of the company. I have worked in different security departments throughout my career.
Before I started my career as a security executive, I used to work as a facility manager. During my role as a facility manager, I learned the importance of caring for and managing the company’s equipment. I know that my experience in facility management will also help me to properly secure this company’s equipment.
I am passionate about the safety of lives and properties because I believe that if people are sure that they are safe, they will be relaxed enough to give their best.
I have worked for small companies for most of my career as a security executive, and I appreciate the opportunity that it has given me to wear many hats. It has also allowed me to work with other team members to achieve organizational goals.
I have strong communication skills, which are vital to the success of a security operative. I also have a diploma certificate in security and surveillance from the Polytechnic of Lagos. Throughout my education and career, I have been exposed to and worked with skilled security professionals whom I have learned from.
Some of my strongest skills include effective communication with staff members at different levels, great interpersonal skills, good attention to detail, and intermediate knowledge in security soft wares and systems.
I appreciate the time that you have taken out to review my application letter, and I hope to hear from you soon regarding the next steps in the application process. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.
We have discussed how you can write an application letter for a security job, we have also shown you an application letter example that you can use to write your own.
If you are still unsure about how you can write a good application letter for a security job, then this template will guide you.
[Your email address]
[Your phone number]
[Name of recruiter or employer]
[Title of recruiter or HR Manager]
Salutation [Dear Mr./Ms.],
Title of the letter [for printed application letters]
[Outline where you saw the job posting and express your interest in working in this role.]
[Discuss some of your skills/qualifications that would make you a good fit for the job.]
[Describe your past experience in a way that emphasizes your personality and skills, while also showcasing how you align with the goals of the company.]
[Express your appreciation to the hiring manager for reviewing your letter. Include any follow-up information, if applicable.]
[Your name (printed)]
Writing an application letter may be challenging especially if you are writing one for the first time. You can write a convincing application letter for a security job even if it is your first time; If you follow our guide, go through the example application letter, and use the template above.
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