JESSE KENDALL email@example.com
123 Elm Street ▪ Miami, FL 33183 ▪ (305) 555-5555
DYNAMIC CONSTRUCTION LEADERSHIP:
Dedicated to delivering the best in construction quality while adhering to all deadlines, budgets, and specifications.
Comprehensive supervisory experience in the construction industry. Background in managing projects in challenging
environments, such as industrial/commercial and large, multi-unit residential, medical, and higher educational settings as
well as hazardous material abatement, modernization, and improvements. Results-oriented with the ability to coordinate
multiple projects and teams simultaneously, coupled with the skill to effectively manage staff of all professional levels and
diverse backgrounds in a deadline-driven environment. Proficient in Microsoft Word; adaptive to new technologies and
applications. Exceptional communication skills; conversational in Spanish.
ABC Contractors, Miami, FL 20xx to Present
Superintendent: Supervise teams of up to 32 construction professionals to successfully complete hurricane restoration and
remediation projects throughout South Florida. Coordinate, schedule, direct, and motivate personnel and subcontractors.
Generate accurate field notes and project status reports. Track and review progress of projects on a weekly basis. Delegate
assignments to balance workload and maximize productivity. Help create project schedules and conduct wage reviews. Ensure
strict adherence to all regulations; enforce all safety protocols and procedures. Secure sites and the building at close of each
business day. Meet with subcontractors, engineers, HOA officials, and owners on a weekly basis.
Established a cohesive workforce among a multicultural project team by hiring, developing, and keeping only the most skilled
and motivated employees.
Played an instrumental role in completing a $3 million roofing project on time and well within budget.
Conducted reverse engineering of past projects and assessed areas where costs could have been cut.
BCD Builders, Miami, FL 20xx to 20xx
Collaborated with project managers; oversaw from 20 up to 50 subcontractors on a given project. Coordinated crews and
ensured all projects were on schedule with required staffing levels. Determined subcontractor needs; resolved design,
sequence, or scheduling issues. Maintained on-site safety, verified material delivery, and supervised proper installation of
material/equipment according to specifications and quality standards.
Successfully completed large, multi-million dollar projects within budget, despite sometimes inheriting already failing projects
in “red light” status.
Awarded Certificates of Excellence for QRS Schools and RST Public Safety Building.
CDE University: Collectively oversaw $220 million construction project of a new university campus on a 103-acre site,
consisting of 18 buildings. Managed all site and infrastructure work, student housing buildings, classrooms, student centers,
open areas, cafeterias, and retail areas, as well as a natatorium and an amphitheater.
Published in trade magazines and on the front page of the New York Times newspaper.
Recognized by Governor of Florida in honor of the project’s grand opening in front of 3,000 people; declared May 3, 20xx, as
DEF Medical Center, Southwest Patient Tower: Directed a new $80 million 116,000-square foot construction of a four-story
southwest tower and central plant, which includes ambulance entry drive, 67 licensed beds, 36-bay Emergency Department, 16-
bay Cardiac Department, cath labs, labor/delivery, operating rooms, 29-bed ICU, 29-bed patient unit, and nursery.
XYZ STATE UNIVERSITY – Miami, FL
B.A. in Industrial Technology Construction Management / Business Administration
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.