123 E lm Street 305-555-5555
Miami, FL 33183 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hydraulic / Electrical Controls Mechanical Design Electrical Design Control Systems 3D CAD
Instrumentation PLC MRPII / BOM Product Development Product Testing Feasibility Analysis
Cost Reduction Customer Training Service Manuals Procedural Improvement Consulting
Technical Writing Quality Safety
Seasoned, hands-on technical professional with extensive experience in executing and leading electrical,
hydraulic, and mechanical design efforts through the entire product development cycle. Highly developed skills
in multi-disciplinary design and analysis; designed entire vehicle structures and mechanisms and worked on
high-impact projects with documented success. Versed in formulating engineering conclusions through a
detailed understanding and application of engineering and mathematical principles / tools. Proven talent for
analyzing problems, clarifying / simplifying procedures, and implementing innovative solutions.
____________ NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS ____________
HYDRAULICS ENGINEER, ABC Corporation, Miami, FL, 20xx-20xx
Played a major role in multiple vehicle hydraulic, electrical, and mechanical system design projects.
Performed an extensive tow tractor redesign for a $34 million U.S. Air Force contract project that exceeded
profit margin expectations by 100%.
Cosigned patent no. 5,205,697 for a hydraulically driven mobile wheelchair access lift; developed the
product’s hydraulic, electrical, drive, and braking systems.
Completed a major redesign project using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to replace the entire
electrical control system for all three of the company’s Jetway models, subsequently playing a key role in
the company’s largest single contract for Jetways at Newark Airport.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Bachelor of Science in Control Engineering University of XYZ Miami, FL
Additional Relevant Training
Visual Basic AutoDesk Mechanical Desktop 3.0 CAD Solid Modeling Centrifugal Maintenance
“Quality” System Training Program LAN / PC Silicon Controlled Rectifier Control for Electric Vehicles
Effective Negotiation Managing Productivity Time Management
AutoDesk Mechanical Desktop AutoCAD / AutoLISP AutoDesk Inventor MathCAD Dbase III+
BPCS MRPII Acrobat Pro PC-BASIC Monarch Backup Exec Ascom IV
MS Word MS Excel MS Access MS PowerPoint MS Project MS Outlook MS Windows
Skilled in Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) programming and implementation
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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.