123 Elm Street • Fort Smith, AR 72903 • (479) 555-5555 • email@example.com
DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
Results-oriented and dedicated financial services leader. Reputation for providing effective leadership with a focus on
total organizational coordination to manage financial operations, provide innovative concepts and ideas, supervise teams,
and oversee staff. Extensive background in finance with a proven ability to control cost that positively impacts the bottom
line. Fluent in both English and Cantonese. Proficient in MS Office tools. Areas of expertise include:
▪ Problem Resolution ▪ New Business Development ▪ Research and Analysis
▪ Performance Optimization ▪ Organizational Leadership ▪ Profitability Improvement
▪ Project Management ▪ Strategic and Tactical Planning ▪ Employee Relations
ABC FUNDING, Fort Smith, AR, 20xx – 20xx
Managing Director of Financial Services/Business Development
Provided strategic and organizational leadership. Revamped internal procedures and controls to maximize efficiency.
Reorganized/reallocated staff and implemented best practices and procedures. Introduced performance monitoring
systems to support continuous improvement and consistent production. Oversaw new business development, product
development/training, and corporate branding/expansion. Interviewed and hired new associates/agents.
Improved loan production by over 640% in a span of two years from $3.8 million prior to joining the company in
2004 to production of $28.5 million in 20xx.
Increased sales commissions by 1668% from $38,500 to $680,700 in the first year.
Grew revenue from $680,700 to $694,350, an additional 2% increase in the second year.
Produced a 12.86% increase for overall sales volume in real estate and raised loan production from $70 million to
$79 million in working with the owners and the management team of the Real Estate division.
Played a key role as part of a team that helped close $217 million in total sales from October 20xx to August 20xx.
BCD HOME EQUITY, Fort Smith, AR, 20xx – 20xx
Financial Services/Senior Account Executive
Prospected for new clients and analyzed credit risks for each individual applicant. Established strategic relationships with
other community banks and corporations. Sold residential loan products and services to other businesses. Provided and
explained mortgage insurance options to each client. Coordinated ancillary services for clients, including title, escrow,
notary, and appraisal services. Prepared and delivered loan presentations to clients.
Personally originated over $31 million in personal volume and approximately $960,000 in commissions through
networking, loan reviews of past clients, and effective marketing.
Led the nation’s most productive office with over $200 million in sales volume through loan applications, an
average of 65 new applications per month for 10 out of 12 months.
Recruited three top-producing employees from competing companies to join Centex, producing an average between
$1.5 and $2.0 million per individual.
Bachelor of Science, Human Ecology, XYZ University, Fort Smith, AR, 20xx
Graduate of Graduate Realtor Institute
Board of Directors, Arkansas Association of Mortgage Brokers (CAMB), 20xx – 20xx
Member, National Association of Mortgage Brokers, 20xx – 20xx
Member, National Association of Realtors and Arkansas Association of Realtors, 20xx – 20xx
Licensed Real Estate Sales Professional (AR), 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?”
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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
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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
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help them meet their objectives or resolve their problems. Praise the company for public recognitions or recent
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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.
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.