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123 Elm Street • Miami, FL 33183 • 305.555.5555 •

Strong project leader accomplished in directing cradle-to-grave software development life cycles (SDLC). Advanced
troubleshooting skills, extensive experience with Java, C, Linux, and Perl. Expert in Java application and High Availability Linux
system development.


Software: Cactus, Struts, Junit, Ant, network protocols / Hardware: HP RX7620, CX2620 with IA64, IA32 CPU, Motorola 7221,
Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA), F101 ATCA / Languages: C, Java, Perl, UML, JSP/Servlets, C++, HTML, PHP,
MySQL, Javascript / O/S: Linux 2.4, Linux 2.6, MS Windows


ABC COMMUNICATIONS, Schaumburg, IL                                                                                            20xx-20xx
Senior Software Engineer (20xx-Present): Actively participate in the full life cycle of software development including transfers
from requirements to architecture, high and low level design, and implementation. Design, architect, and test applications.
Coordinate the integration testing for the Software Test Team. Develop new products, troubleshoot software issues, and research
critical problems. Participate in the development of several major software releases.
    EAP, TLS, SIP, 3GPP, 3GPP2, OMA, IMS, SMS, QOS, GDB, RTP/SRTP, OSI network model, SNMP protocol, Flex2 modem, high
    availability SAF standard, Carrier grade Linux Kernel version 2.4 and 2.6, base transceiver stations, real time and non real-time
    operating systems, call processing, network management, and software programming.

Key Achievements:
 Increased productivity by automating the LMT testing approach.
 Trained, mentored, and motivated four new engineers; provided comprehensive technical guide.
 Improved efficiency and quality of the software development process by suggesting and defining “the software design matrix”
  for the CCP Department. Used the matrix for judging if FMEA needed certain developments and increased knowledge of model
  driven and domain engineering.

LMT Software Engineer (20xx-20xx): Developed iDEN Network Home Locator Register LMT software. Devised new
functionalities for LMT, evaluated Struts framework, and repaired defects. Performed integration and unit testing and design related
tools. Administered Informix database and established the links between servers. Developed servlets and JSP for a Web based J2EE
   Technical Proficiency Demonstrated / Environment: Junit, CACTUS, FrameMaker, Rational Rose, Java, C, JSP, HTML, Java
    Script, shell scripts, STRUCTS, XML, SOAP, UML modeling, J2EE, RMI, CORBA, Java Servlets, Java design patterns, Object
    Oriented design, Java/C interface, and Jprobe. Gained in-depth understanding of HTTP protocol.

Key Achievements:
    Formally recognized with the Bravo Award in 2003.
    Designed an automatic integration testing tool; modified struts by adding a new HTTP head field which resolved automatic
     testing issues of server side functions remotely. Held data/test cases in Excel, and ran the testing automatically.
    Developed and delivered comprehensive Java and integration test classes.
    Successfully developed Java, JavaScripts, and Java/C, providing interface capabilities for Nextel operators to control the
     machine remotely.

Master of Science in Computer Science (GPA: 3.6), XYZ University, Miami, FL • 20xx
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (GPA: 3.8), XYZ College, 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.
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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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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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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.

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