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JESSE KENDALL 123 Elm Street ▪ East Providence, RI 02916 ▪ 401.555.5555 ▪ email@example.com AS/400: RPG Programming and Analysis Extensive experience in developing customized and effective RPG ILE applications while maintaining and reengineering AS/400 systems. Determined to develop the best product functionalities and create solutions that satisfy and exceed client expectations. Reputation for providing superior user support and going the extra mile to resolve difficult problems. Excellent problem solving, project management, and organizational skills. Fast learner known for delivering results quickly. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE ABC TIRE & RUBBER, East Providence, RI 20xx – Present AS/400 LEAD / APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST (20xx – Present): System Support: Provide exceptional user support and troubleshoot system failures. Modify, test, and support all existing RPG and CL programs on the plant’s AS/400, including ILE, SQL RPG, and vendor developed applications. Investigate and resolve all AS/400 and PC issues reported by plant personnel. Reset passwords, activate disabled user accounts, and change server storage quotas. Manage domain computers, users, and groups in Active Directory; create / delete users, establish simple group policies, manage computers remotely, create groups, and manage group memberships. Thoroughly test and debug programs to ensure full system up- time. System Development: Develop effective solutions for users seeking new systems or new ways of streamlining tasks. Map out program strategies to support new and revised business requirements, maintaining ever- changing methods of handling corporate data. Write new systems and applications in RPG ILE, CL, and SQL RPG as warranted. Wrote several FIFOs; developed systems to automate record keeping and devised a system to publish the output from existing AS/400 applications to the company’s intranet. Built ASP web pages in support of corporate efforts to move from green screen to web based interfaces. Developed a way for green screen AS/400 floor users to exchange messages with PC users. Developed an application to manage intranet groups and control access to local web pages. Designed numerous custom queries to return results to Excel; devised a tool with a web interface so that end users could extract data from AS/400. PROGRAMMER (20xx – 20xx): Wrote, maintained, and tested RPG and CL. Provided skilled hardware support for the plant printers and AS/400 terminals. TECHNICAL SKILLS Languages: RPG ILE including SQL RPG, CLP, VBScript, ASP, and HTML Hardware: AS/400, PC, and basic server skills Software: Client Access, Active Directory, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Office Suite, Acronis True Image, and Robot/Schedule for AS/400 EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Mathematics ▪ 20xx; Pembroke State University, Pembroke, NC James A. Jacobs Award and Undergraduate Mathematics Award; GPA: 3.58 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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