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Jesse Kendall 123 Elm Street • Miami, FL 33183 • 305-555-5555 • email@example.com Information Technology Graduate Accomplished, ambitious, and dedicated technology professional with demonstrated success in programming, software development, system integration, and QA testing. Provide genuine commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Demonstrated success in problem solving and a proven track record with strong attention to detail. Areas of Excellence • Software Engineering • Product Development Life Cycle • Problem Resolution • Database Administration • Strategic and Tactical Planning • Technical Requirements • Enterprise Architecture • Research Analysis and Design Solutions • Customer Service Education Master of Science, Computer Science (Expected Graduation in April 20xx), XYZ University, Miami, FL A Comparative Analysis of Semi-Automatic Segmentation of 3D Datasets Bachelor of Science, Computing and Information Science (20xx), University XYZ, Miami, FL Practical Experience XYZ UNIVERSITY, CSE Department, Miami, FL, 20xx – Present Graduate Teaching Assistant/Research Assistant (20xx – Present) Tutor for At-Risk Students (20xx – Present) Report to various professors and assist in teaching assigned courses. Serve as Research Assistant; belong to a research group that wrote and presented several papers and poster sessions. Offer office hours and oversee lab work. Invigilate exams and grade assignments. Tutor at-risk students in an introductory computer science course. Achieved the Celebrate Computing Scholarship for the “Lazy Snapping of 3D Datasets” poster presentation. Received the Precarn Scholarship for the “Lazy Snapping of 3D Datasets” research and poster presentation. Co-recipient of the Best Student Paper Award for “A Multimedia Database System for 3D Crime Scene Representation and Analysis,” a paper presented at CVDB 20xx. UNIVERSITY of XYZ, Miami, FL, 20xx – 20xx Software Distribution Administrator, Computing and Communications Services (20xx) IT Help Desk and ResNet Support, Computing and Communications Services (20xx) Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, CIS Department (20xx – 20xx) Tutor (20xx – 20xx) Maintained an e-commerce Web site and sent out product orders. Assisted university staff and students with IT-related problems and technical support questions. Effectively answered help desk calls from students with network and Internet connectivity issues. Monitored bandwidth quota usage and alerted students to overuse. Taught labs, held office hours, invigilated exams, graded assignments, guest lectured, and tutored students in various computer science courses. Successfully updated the department networking infrastructure on schedule and within budget. Served as President/VP of the Computer Science Club and sat on various university committees. Technical Expertise Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Open Office, MS Visual Studio, Coin3D Programming Languages: C, C++, Java, Python; Operating Systems: Windows, Linux 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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