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Strategic Network Planning
Business technology leader and strategy development expert with proven ability to successfully direct information
technology, project management, and financial services operations. Expertise in overseeing strategic technology
improvement initiatives and aligning technology services with business goals. Experience in leading enterprise-wide
implementations with a solid background in business application solutions and technology deployment.
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Recognized for consistent success in developing policies, processes, and procedures to streamline corporate
operations, improve reliability, and enhance systems performance.
Efficiently managed operational strategies and directed enterprise-wide implementation projects flawlessly
while consistently delivering desired results and contributing to revenue-producing activities.
Produced substantial cost savings, optimized systems, and successfully utilized technology solutions to
maximize business efficiencies.
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Network Planning Director, ABC FINANCIAL, Miami, FL, 20xx – 20xx
Directed all network planning functions for a Fortune 100 global financials services firm with 28,000 employees.
Collaborated with senior management to scope and baseline company requirements. Developed and implemented
corporate IT strategy, short-term and long-term maintenance plans, and policies/procedures. Initiated and maintained
technical requirements, managed budgets, negotiated with vendors/service providers, secured required technology, built
implementation plans, and oversaw the installations to deliver projects in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Significantly lowered costs by developing an effective WAN strategy that combined alternative connectivity
methods with traditional private line implementations.
Increased efficiency and saved time/money by upgrading legacy hardware and replacing critical systems.
Streamlined operations by establishing and maintaining scalable and reusable hardware solutions.
Improved service and pricing with suppliers and service providers through effective contract negotiations.
Developed and implemented an escalation process to quickly respond to and resolve all system outages.
Network Planning Manager, BCD WORLDWIDE, Miami, FL, 20xx – 20xx
Reported directly to the CIO. Managed the day-to-day corporate and trading network operations. Directed a team of
financial analysts to validate telecommunications and market data billing and worked with the applications
development teams to provide engineering solutions for all trading client connectivity. Played an instrumental role in
quick recovery of the firm’s trading systems at alternate data centers and converted the firm’s Centrex voice system to
an Avaya PBX after the 9/11 crisis. Supervised staff of 70.
Reduced total cost of IT ownership by leveraging hardware/software standards and vendor technology.
Served as one of the originators of the REDINet system; played key role in developing a scalable networking
solution to provide quick and inexpensive connectivity to over 300 remote sites.
Successfully piloted and implemented the first IP connectivity to the New York Stock Exchange.
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Proficient in LAN, MAN, WAN, VoIP, B2B networks, Internet, Cisco IOS, routers, switches,
telephony systems, Juniper, Check Point firewalls
————————————————— EDUCATION —————————————————
Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, XYZ University, Miami, FL, 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
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
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In this section, you need to show your interest in the job and the company. Research is a key ingredient to a
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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
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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
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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.
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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.