As a Probation Officer, you will need to meet with people who have recently been released from a prison sentence and check that they are following the terms of their probation. This will also include providing them with support, helping them to find somewhere to live, helping them to find work and to stay away from any trouble.
You will need to be organised and a good communicator and open to working with people from all walks of life. You will need to be very detailed and confidential at all times.
Probation officers can earn between £21,000 and £27,000 a year. Experienced probation officers (POs) can earn between £28,000 to £35,000 a year.
If you are looking to write a covering letter to support your application for this challenging role, please see below an example:
Probation Officer Cover Letter
Mr. A. Employee
1, My House
Mrs. A. Manager
Application for the role of Probation Officer
I would like to apply for the role of Probation Officer which you have advertised in (where) and (when).
I have been working as a Probation Services Officer for (how long) and have recently completed my Level 5 studies and I am keen to now move into a Probation Officer role.
I have worked at (what locations) and found these to be exceptionally challenging which is something that I thrive on. I am a very hard worker who keeps very calm when under pressure. I feel that I am able to provide the support that people need and guide them to turn their lives around.
It is a challenging position but one I find very rewarding and I will do my utmost to help people who want to help themselves. I am very organised and thorough in my work, I pay great attention to detail and keep the information I work with confidential at all times.
I am very confident and enthusiastic about my work. Please find enclosed my up to date CV. I am happy to answer any questions that you may have and can attend an interview at short notice.
Thank you for taking the time to read my application.
Good luck with writing your covering letter.