Correctional Officer Resume Guide

3 Correctional Officer Resume Examples - Here's What Works In 2023

Correctional officers are a pivotal part of the criminal justice system. They have a very hard and high-risk job and deserve respect and appreciation from the general public and those in their custody. This guide will take you through some successful resume samples and give you some tips, action verbs, and skills that you can use to create a strong resume that will win you an interview and eventually a job.

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Hiring Manager for Correctional Officer Roles
Author: Kyle Harrison
Senior Hiring Manager - Correctional Officer Roles
24+ Years of Experience

With just over 400k jobs today, being a correctional officer is a pretty popular job. This might be, in part, due to the low barriers to entry. Unlike many other professions that require further education, this job requires a high school diploma. It also pays a decent salary of just under $48k per year on average. However, you will need to be fairly physically fit and disciplined to be successful in this position. 


Because of the work environment, it is one of the most high-risk professions for injury or death, due to confrontations with inmates, and is, interestingly, one of the few professions where the number of workers is expected to decline in the next 10 years, at a rate of 10%. This guide will show you how to craft a strong correctional officer’s resume sample and give you some tips to make it stand out from the crowd.