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									                                     JESSE KENDALL
                      123 Elm Street  Miami, FL 33183  305-555-5555 
 Tenacious, driven and dynamic professional interested in applying proven project management and problem-
                   solving skills coupled with solid knowledge of the construction industry

                                  HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS
     Familiarity with construction industry in a Building Contractor capacity.
     Knowledge of inspections, permits, floor plan designs, subcontractor sourcing / hiring, contract
      negotiations / development, and materials / supply procurement.
     Proven ability to read and interpret blueprints.
     Hard-working professional skilled at cross-functional collaboration.
     Reputation for superior problem solving and customer relationship management skills.
     Excellent interpersonal, communication and team collaboration / motivation abilities.
     Thoroughly computer literate; award-winning information technology project management background.

                             CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

        Building Contractor, JESSE KENDALL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, Miami, FL, 20xx-20xx
Built three residential homes, from scratch to completion and successfully sold two of them. Recruited and
managed subcontractors for masonry, electrical, roofing, plumbing, carpentry, insulation, drywall / sheetrock
and painting. Worked with financial institution to secure financing to build home.

                                      RESIDENTIAL PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
Property #1: Ranch style cement brick home. 2800 sq ft, 4 bedroom/2 bath, sunken family room with fireplace.
Patio, living room, formal dining room and eat-in kitchen. Built on budget of $75,000. Currently valued at
$160,000. Self-financed 50% and bank financed 50% (issued in draws).
Property #2: Ranch style cement brick home. 1800 sq ft, 4 bedroom/2 bath, family room, patio and dining room.
Built on budget of $85,000. Currently valued at 135,000; 100% self-financed.
Property #3: Ranch style cement brick home. 2500 sq ft, 4-bedroom/2 bath with a Jacuzzi in the master bath.
Family room, patio, living room, formal dining room and eat-in kitchen. Built on budget of $120,000. Currently
valued at $178,000; 100% self-financed.

                          Building Contractor, ABC HOMES, Miami, FL, 20xx-20xx
Oversaw hurricane disaster restoration management. Maintained accounts receivable/payable and branch bank
account. Developed and implemented contractor/sub-contractor agreements, negotiated construction contracts,
and managed construction material supply acquisition. Coordinated delivery schedule for installation, selective
site demolition, and rubbish removal scheduling, as well as crane/crew scheduling, commercial/residential
roofing, interior restoration, and remodeling. Managed sub-contractors; negotiated salaries and retention.

         Consistently achieved on-time project completion through effective planning and organization.
         Devised and executed marketing design and tactics to fit demographical regions.

                                  EDUCATION & TECHNICAL SKILLS
              Bachelor’s Degree, Construction Management, XYZ University, Miami, FL, 20xx
  MS Word • MS Excel • Business Objects Querying Tool • SQL Developer • OCR Software • UNIX • XML
  CICS • Oracle Database Tools • SAP • MS Project • C Programming • Windows Servers • Windows XP/NT
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
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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