123 Elm St Miami, FL 33183 Home: (305) 555-5555 firstname.lastname@example.org
IT LEADERSHIP PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Driven technical professional with exceptional leadership and project management skills. Proven ability to effectively plan,
coordinate, and meet deadlines of multiple projects. Goal oriented, customer focused, and tenacious; committed to executing
first-class solutions on time and under budget. Demonstrated success in streamlining existing operations and upgrading
equipment. Comprehensive experience in project planning, budgeting, and implementing effective cost controls. Team player
with demonstrated ability to work well with others to achieve a common goal.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Skilled in designing, planning, and directing projects using current industry approaches,
including concurrent engineering, ISO9000, total quality management (TQM) and benchmarking. Organized and able to
effectively reengineer policies and procedures following PMI project management methodologies. Advanced knowledge of
program evaluation review technique (PERT), critical path method (CPM), Gantt charts, task development techniques, and
project management software.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE
IT Project Manager and Team Lead / ABC National, Miami, FL, 20xx – 20xx
Managed the project and directed the team; implemented and tested an Ethernet driver as an END driver on VxWorks as well as
a ported internal Arsenic device driver from Linux to VxWorks. Tested line card functionality on VxWorks Simulator and
target hardware. Performed project acceptance testing on the target board at the customer’s location.
Successfully completed the project delivery of porting of line card software from Linux to VxWorks.
IT Project Leader / BCD Products, Miami, FL, 20xx – 20xx
Acted as technical Lead and supported the Project Manager in achieving the project objectives. Interacted with the customer for
the requirements, design, and deliverables. Designed software and hardware forwarding for IPv6 packets in Alcatel’s flagship
router. Developed the functionality in Assembly language utilizing an IBM network processor.
Achieved 100% wire speed (on OC-48 at 4.1 M packets/second) on Alcatel's core router.
Implemented abstraction layer functionality in C for various applications, e.g., IPv6, VLAN, and QOS.
Created and implemented a test automation environment to test the abstraction layer along with NPAS.
Visited the customer’s location in Belgium for acceptance testing.
IT Project Manager / Technical Lead / CDE Incorporated, Miami, FL, 20xx – 20xx
Developed complex Web-based applications. Directed a high-performance team of offshore consultants. Oversaw all aspects of
cost and time estimation, budgeting, P&L, statements of work, project planning and scheduling, status reporting, resource
allocation, and issue, risk, and client management. Supervised and trained staff of seven.
Exceeded the targeted net profit by 50%. Delivered software valued at $1 million with net profits of over 30% before taxes
in the first year under management.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
CPIM (Certification in Production and Inventory Management), APICS
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (Graduated with Highest Honors), Miami City College, Miami, FL, 20xx
APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society), Member
Project Management Institute, Member
Council of Logistics Management, Member
SAP ERP, Oracle ERP, Pascal, FORTRAN, Assembler, COBOL
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.