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JESSE KENDALL 123 Elm Street, Miami, FL 33183 305.555.5555 • firstname.lastname@example.org Electrical Systems Engineer Track record of excellence leading the development of secure Air Traffic Control Systems Quality-focused Senior Systems Engineer with career spanning experience driving technical development of sophisticated automated Air Traffic Control (ATC) systems. Project leader with repeated successes delivering and deploying stable, high-performance, cost effective systems on time. Technical subject matter expert for multi-billion dollar project systems analysis, design, validation, and support. Authority for creating designs according to FAA, commercial, and military standards. Expert developing, administering, and supporting national networks requiring 100% operability. Top Secret Security Clearance. Information Security / Systems Engineering / Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) / Architecture & Design / LAN, WAN, & Wireless Networks / Data Communications / Specifications & Standards / Deployments & Integrations / QA Testing & Product Validation / Vendor Management / Change Management TECHNICAL STRENGTHS Platforms: AIX & HP-UX, Linux (SuSE & Red Hat) DOS, MS Windows 9x/NT/2000/XP, Solaris (UNIX) Tools: BitDefender, CodeCheck, Exceed, GNU C/C++, HP OpenView, Imagix, McAfee Antivirus, McCabe Metrics, MS Office Suite, MS Visio, Rational ClearCase & ClearDDTS, Tivoli, Tripwire, Sun Studio, UNIX License Management, Veritas Backup, Webroot Anti-Spyware, X Windows, ZoneAlarm Pro Languages: Assembler, Basic, Bourne & C Shells, C/C++ Networking: ATA, BGP, Cable DOCIS, DSL, EIGRP, Ethernet, FDDI, Fibre Channel, FTP, Frame Relay, HDLC, HTTP, ICMP, IEEE 1394, IGRP, IMAP4, IPSEC, IPX/SPX, ISDN, ISO/OSI layers, OSPF, PCI, PPP, POP3, RIP, SCSI, SDLC, SNMP, T1/T3, TFTP, TCP/IP, Token Ring, UDP, USB, X.25 Hardware: Cisco, 3Com, Linksys, and Netgear routers and switches, CSU/DSUs, HP, IBM, and Sun servers and workstations, RAID, Storage Devices, Terminal servers, PCI expansion, firewalls, IDs & VPNs PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE ABC TECHNOLOGIES, Miami, FL 20xx to Present Electrical Engineer / Senior Systems Engineer Provide expert guidance for design, development, and engineering of business solutions for the public and private sectors. Serve as the executive level liaison for the FAA’s AUA support contract. Support ECG SCAP including security requirements analysis and compliance. Manage the CTAS demonstration and development lab including systems and network administration. Conduct CTAS software engineering analysis and metrics data collection. Guide program and project development activities including development of mission statements, proposals, business requirements, risk assessments, resource and cost estimates, and white papers. Create and review technical documentation, plan organizational change, and support product implementation. Communicate status and resolve with key stakeholders. Key Achievements: - Led on time development and national deployment of the ECG system at 20 physically diverse locations. Served as the Systems Engineer (SE) support lead for earning national acceptance. JESSE KENDALL PAGE TWO ABC TECHNOLOGIES, Continued - Conducted STARS T1 bandwidth reduction proof-of-concept testing at the WJHTC and Miami ATCT/TRACON. - Identified an opportunity to reduce STARS operating costs by $31 million. Co-authored the business case detailing F&E and OPS savings. - Earned AUA TAC’s Quality Performance Incentive Notable Contributor Award for exceptional contributions to CTAS support and Air Traffic Management System contract acquisition. - Awarded the Washington Area Operations Group Division Award for superior service as a member of the AUA TAC proposal team. BCD FEDERAL SYSTEMS, Miami, FL 20xx to 20xx Electrical Engineer / Senior Systems Engineer Served as the Senior Project Engineer for development and support of the FAA’s advanced automation System (AAS) valued at $3.5 billion. Collaborated with stakeholders to develop requirements and specifications. Conducted risk assessments and remediation plans. Created test acceptance plans and product evaluations. Performed design reviews, customer briefings, and cost analyses. Developed prototypes. Key Achievements: - Managed subcontractors engaged in technical development of ESI and the Airport Interface Unit. - Renegotiated contractor costs resulting in reductions of up to 40%. - Established a reputation for professional excellence in airport systems design, development, and support through on time delivery of cost effective systems. EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT B.S. in Electrical Engineering – Concentration in Computer Engineering XYZ University, Miami, FL Professional Self-Development ~ Systems Engineering Principles & Practices ~ Specification Writing Practices ~ Mil-STD 498 Software Development & Documentation ~ Systems & Software Process Improvement ~ Integrated Capability Maturity Model ~ Data Communications, Networks & Systems ~ Local & Wide Area Networks ~ T1 Networking ~ Frame Relay Networks ~ Minicomputer & Microcomputer Interface Design ~ Intro to UML ~ Structured Software Design & Analysis ~ Intro to C++ ~ C Programming ~ Intro to Ada ~ Sun Solaris 2.x System & Network Administration ~ HP-UX 10.x System Administration ~ HP OpenView Networks Node Manager on UNIX ~ Rational Software ClearCase Fundamentals, MetaData & Administration ~ Rational Software ClearDDTS Fundamentals & Administration ~ Major Subcontract management ~ Technical Proposal Writing & Evaluation ~ Information Systems Security Awareness ~ Creating a Compelling Cover Letter A powerfully written cover letter is necessary to land most interviews and ensure job search success. When an advertised position creates a pile of 100+ resumes, it becomes the responsibility of the hiring personnel to shortlist the applications. Resumes without cover letters are usually the first to go, followed by the ones with poorly written cover letters. Avoid this fate by following these effective strategies: Address your cover letter appropriately: Be sure that you get the name of the hiring manager before sending your resume, and address the letter to that individual. The proper greeting will be either “Dear Mr. (Smith),” or “Dear Ms. (Smith).” Avoid using Miss or Mrs., and do not address your letter to “Dear Sirs,” as it is considered inappropriate. If you are unsure of your contact’s gender, address them by their first and last name, as in “Dear Pat Smith,” to avoid an embarrassing mistake. If you don’t know the name of the hiring manager, simply use the greeting “Dear Hiring Manager,”– it’s clear, to the point, and gender neutral. Get to the point in your opening paragraph: One of the most common interviewing questions employers ask is “Why should I hire you among other candidates?” Provide an answer to that question right off the bat in your opening paragraph. This is a very important section because it is the first thing the employer will read. It must be powerful and make an immediate impact. Be sure sell yourself and your unique abilities. Do not use a generic opening paragraph that can apply to any Tom, Dick or Harry. Every line should sell you, so use aggressive language here and throughout the rest of your cover letter. For example, instead of writing “My background is in finance management, making me well-suited for your advertised Corporate Finance Director position.” you can write “A background in finance management and a proven record of developing effective strategies that drive revenue, growth and shareholder value make me a strong candidate for your advertised Corporate Finance Director position.” Show your interest and sell your accomplishments in the body of the letter: In this section, you need to show your interest in the job and the company. Research is a key ingredient to a successful job search. The more you are able to demonstrate your interest and knowledge about a company, the better your chances are to secure an interview. Get to know the company’s mission and new corporate initiatives, and tell them how you can help them meet their objectives or resolve their problems. Praise the company for public recognitions or recent accomplishments. The employer will surely take notice of your active interest. Use “I” and “my” sparingly. Try not to use these words more than six times in your cover letter. You need to focus on what you will bring to the company and how you will help them improve their profitability. Too much use of the word “I” will also make your letter look elementary and poorly written. For executive-level candidates and professionals with substantial achievements, a bullet point format is often the most effective and efficient way to highlight accomplishments. If you fall into this category, be sure to keep the bullet point statements unique and fresh. Do not copy and paste the exact same phrases from the resume as it will make you look lazy. All sentences and achievements transferred from the resume should be rephrased. Close your letter with a strong paragraph: In the closing paragraph, you need to address several issues. At the very least, you need to ask for the interview and provide contact information. This is also the ideal place to mention your salary requirements (if the employer insists on it), or your desire to relocate. To demonstrate your drive and interest, mention that you will call within a week to follow up. This is a great way to ensure the resume was successfully received, and it creates an opportunity to establish a dialog. However, do not mention this in your cover letter if you do not intend to follow up. In summation, an aggressive and dynamic cover letter will help you stand out among the competition. Remember that the goal is to market yourself – not to compose a dull biography.
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