Creating a Cover Letter
A cover letter should be brief and to the point; but an employer through his job listing may ask for a detailed or extended cover letter when there is expected to be high competition for a job. If this is the case, rather than having a one-page document, the letter should include a second page that will go more into details about a person's career.
A cover letter is like making a sales pitch and making a proposal as a job candidate. Cover letters normally accompany a resume, but they can be sent on their own.
The Cover Letter for Law Enforcement Jobs
Law Enforcement cover letters must obviously include the same element that can normally be found in generic ones.
A job-seeker should always provide the following information:
- Reader's Name, Telephone, Fax and E-mail
- Reader's Title
- Organization's Name and Address
- Job Title
In the body of the document, mention should be made of how the jobseeker heard about the job--employment agency, job listing, classified ad or word-of-mouth. In a separate paragraph, the reader is looking for the job candidate's qualities, skills, knowledge and commitments. In closure, the applicant should make sure to express appreciation to the company for taking time to read the cover letter.
A cover letter for law enforcement jobs should, however, be more specific than generic ones. It is important not only to outline previous job experiences relevant to the position applied for but also to highlight traits and characteristics that could make an applicant the winning candidate. Specific examples of the type of work performed and achievements earned should be given, as law enforcement jobs vary in nature quite extensively and the employer might be looking for specific experience.
It is also important to address character and physical traits, as most jobs require sound judgment, even temper and physical strength. The ability to deal with stress and peculiar situations needs to be clear and supported, if possible, by specific examples.
Education should also be highlighted. Law enforcement, criminal justice, computer forensic certificates or degrees should be listed in the cover letter and the resume, to add to the strength of the application.