Mike Straight
105 Crabapple Lane
Atlanta, GA 30041
(678)763-5555
MStraight105@gmail.com

April 10, 2014

Joseph Stanton
Human Resources Manager
Hartsfield Airport Security
25 MLK Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30041

Mr. Stanton,

I received an email from the HR department with a list of career opportunities and I’d like to express my interest in the Airport Security Officer position at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Please see my resume attached for details of my experience and qualification.

I believe my abilities and qualifications meet the job requirements mentioned in the job posting. During the last two years I have worked at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport as a baggage handler while studying to obtain my Associate’s Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Georgia Perimeter College. My experience working as a baggage handler has given me a unique insight into the communication methods and internal function of the airport as well as improved my communication skills, developed my ability to maintain a tranquil disposition during serious time constraints, work efficiently under pressure, and work effectively within a team environment.

My Associate’s Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management has given me important knowledge pertaining to international crime, civil defense, and emergency preparedness; an education which can help me to become an invaluable airport security officer. I am confident that the combination of my past work experience and my newly obtained degree has adequately prepared me to be a productive member of the Hartsfield-Jackson TSA team.

Please call me at (678)742-5555 or e-mail me at MStraight105@gmail.com to arrange a convenient time to further discuss my background in relation to the position available. Thank you for your time and consideration, I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Mike Straight

Sample Cover Letter for an Airport Security position

Most airport security jobs don’t require a certain type of degree (high school education/GED is usually the basic requirement) because you receive specific training once you’re hired. This means it’s very important to show off the experiences and qualifications you’ve acquired that make you the best choice for the job. If you have obtained a degree, for example an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security, it can really make you stand out against other applicants, so if you have a special degree pertaining to security make sure to mention it!

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN WRITING A SECURITY POSITION COVER LETTER:

The key with this type of cover letter is to demonstrate specific experiences and skills that show you are a reliable, responsible, and effective security officer. Maybe you haven’t worked in an airport or as a security guard but you’ve worked as a volunteer fireman, EMT, life guard, or other positions that involve working under pressure and/or being responsible for the safety of other people—make sure to include anything that shows you can handle the job!

Key points to remember:
  1. Include your contact information at the top of the page as well as the company’s info your sending the cover letter to (if you have it).
  2. Keep it short, simple, and direct – no more than four paragraphs.
  3. First paragraph explains WHY you are contacting them and introduces yourself.
  4. Second paragraph explains your experience that qualifies you for the job or something important you did at your last job, give specific examples (ex. Mike mentioned his experience at the airport and his degree).
  5. Third paragraph (optional) expands on your qualifications, providing specific examples (ex. Mike lists specific things he studied which are related to the job).
  6. Last paragraph includes contact information and asks to set up an interview or meeting time.

This sample resume is part of the InternationalStudent.com Resume Writing Center.