123 Elm Street, Miami, FL 33183, 305-555-5555, firstname.lastname@example.org
Efficient and Precise Database Administration
Technically adept database administrator with an impressive history of creating and implementing innovative database
solutions. Technology consultant talented at identifying emerging technologies that fully leverage the capabilities of
existing databases. Strategist with the business savvy to improve operating efficiencies through technical improvements.
Database Administrator – ABC Company – Miami, FL (20xx-20xx): Supported over 50 production instances and
enterprise databases consisting mainly of HP servers on UNIX. Conferred closely with the Data Warehousing Team
involved in Oracle applications implementation. Identified and tuned the resource intensive applications and routines that
influenced the database performance. Configured and administered distributed databases. Created, maintained, and
troubleshot refreshing problems with snapshots. Worked with a terabyte data warehouse, supported very busy OLTP
systems, and developed backup policy implementation for RMAN. Utilized data warehouse concepts and features such as
dimensions and fact tables, star query and star schema, sorting, table spaces, bitmap indexes, and parallel query.
Played an active role in monitoring the overall performance and tuning the various performance bottlenecks.
Increased performance by eliminating contention factors like I/O, buffers, locks, and latches in the database.
Handled security issues concerning creating and administering roles, object and system privileges for users, user
account creation, and maintenance.
Performed network connectivity troubleshooting involving TNSNAMES, LISTENER.ORA, and SQL*NET.
Taught in database training programs for users and developers on Oracle Database related topics.
Served as part of an after-hours on-call support team for over 50 production databases.
Database Administration Consultant – THE BCD GROUP – Miami, FL (20xx-20xx): Designed, implemented, and
documented database upgrade procedures. Supported a 24 x 7 production environment. Built and upgraded PC computer
systems. Installed Windows in single-boot and dual-boot configurations.
Successfully installed and configured multiple database projects.
Database Administrator – CDE ONLINE – Miami, FL (20xx-20xx): Installed and configured the Informix production
environment. Provided database administration, backup, recovery, security, monitoring, and tuning in a 24 x 7 production
environment. Performed database physical and logical design.
Planned and executed both data and database migration.
Automated DBA tasks utilizing SQL and UNIX shell scripting.
Designed and developed a user interface.
Earned a reputation as the go-to person for Informix.
Operating Systems: UNIX; Windows NT, XP, 2000
Software: MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
Languages: SQL; exposure to UNIX scripting
Hardware: Expertise in configuring and installing PC components
Database Management: Informix 5.xx to 9.2x
Readily master new technologies.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
XYZ COMPUTER INC. – Miami, FL
Computer Science Diploma, 20xx
Emphasis on C, C++, UNIX, and the SQL environment
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
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
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
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.