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									                                              Jesse Kendall
                           123 Elm Street  Miami, FL 33183  305-555-5555 

                                               GENERAL CONTRACTOR
                                    Committed to performance and project excellence

Performance-driven general contractor with extensive construction management experience. Solid strengths in
execution and management of multimillion dollar commercial construction projects. Ability to effectively
advance construction projects from concept to finished product. Expertise in project management, change
directives, architectural drawing review, and municipality interaction. Record of surpassing challenging goals.
                                                  AREAS OF E XPERTISE
           Quality Control               Negotiations                Shop Drawings
           Performance Reporting         Cost Estimates              Project Planning
           Project Management            Materials Tracking          LEED Compliance
           Change Management             Materials Procurement       Construction Documentation

                                               PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE

ABC Construction, Miami, FL                                                                         20xx-20xx
Managed the sub-contract construction of a new 150,000 sq. ft. multi-level student housing project at XYZ
State University and the reconstruction project of a 31,000 sq. ft. four-story building into apartments and town-
homes. Met contractual obligations for layout, frame, roof, and windows. Supervised up to 40 people on a daily
basis and coordinated the construction phases. Trained new sub-contractor foremen on matters related to
scheduling, layout, dispute resolution, and material management. Advised and assisted in resolution of design
and coordination conflicts.

             Ensured the highest standard of workmanship and quality control.
             Passed an OSHA safety compliance audit and received no citations.

BCD Construction, Miami, FL                                                                         20xx-20xx
Directed key projects for a commercial and residential construction company. Planned, directed, and
coordinated projects and subcontractor operations. Conducted feasibility and ROI analysis and played a
significant role in development of the annual budget for redevelopment properties.

       Successfully completed the company’s first vertical structure project. Met project goals and objectives;
        executed on time and under budget.
       Increased employee attendance by 56% in a 35-employee organization; boosted fieldwork productivity by
        43% and slashed costs by 20% through streamlining operations. Satisfactorily completed projects with no
        incident reports.

                                                  EDUCATION & T RAINING

                        Pre-Engineering Degree (in Progress), UVU, XYZ College, Miami, FL, 20xx
                                    State Certified Structural Building Inspector, 20xx
                                       Florida State Licensed General Contractor
                                       Member, Miami Home Builders Association
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
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instead of writing “My background is in finance management, making me well-suited for your advertised Corporate
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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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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.

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