123 Elm Street Miami, FL (305) 555-5555 email@example.com
Pioneering Engineer, Consultant, and thought leader with broad professional background.
P RINCIPAL E NGINEER
Adept at mentoring and motivating individuals to excel. History of driving “bleeding-edge” products from early concept
to market delivery. Record of uncovering new methodologies and technical applications to break through to new levels of
efficiency and productivity. Analytical, intuitive, and conscientious.
Master of Science: Marine Geophysics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Arts: Physics, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA
I NDUSTRIAL E XPERIENCE
ABC Corporation, Miami, FL
Principal Engineer (20xx – 20xx)
Served as technical leader on major ASIC design verification project, which also included guiding, scheduling, and
training team of 12 graduate engineers in network switch division. Liaised among clients, management, other engineering
teams, and ASIC design team.
Despite physical layout problems, led team to verify logic and achieve such high quality that clients shipped
team’s first-pass logic. “StrataSwitch” chip series became largest selling Broadcom product, developed in 15
months and pre-sold to Cisco, 3Com, and Nortel at billion-dollar levels.
Designed random selection execution process that automated execution and evaluation of tests into continuous
process. New process enhanced speed and quality of chip simulation testing.
BCD Engineering, Miami, FL
Principal Engineer (20xx – 20xx)
Directed all aspects of business operations, including business development, contract management, billing, accounting,
sales, and engineering. Salvaged troubled projects in high-pressure, time-sensitive environments.
Enabled eight early-stage start-ups to gain next round of funding by aiding in design and implementation of design
verification system. Clients were able to produce early prototype and secure round of financing necessary to
Recruited by large clients, such as Cisco, AMCC, and Apple, to resolve issues with very early stage and ambitious
products. Drove projects to stay on schedule.
All of clients achieved successful IPO or acquisitions based upon completion of projects.
C OMPUTER E XPERTISE
Languages: C, Verilog, HTML, Mathematica, MATLAB, GMT, DSP microcode, SQL, FORTRAN, Perl,
csh, Objective-C, and Mac API
Software: MS Office, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, EndNote, Google Earth, iWork, and Aperture
Operating Systems: UNIX, Windows, and Mac OS X
Network & Graphics: 802.11, ATM/SONET, DTV, and H264
Hardware: ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) Design Verification
P ROFESSIONAL A F FILIATION
Member, American Geophysical Union (20xx – 20xx)
Member, American Academy for the Advancement of Science (20xx – 20xx)
Advisor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of XYZ Geological Data Center (20xx – 20xx)
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.