123 Elm Street • Miami, FL 33183 • 305-555-5555 • email@example.com
MASON / MASONRY MANAGEMENT
Utilized five plus years of business-to-business experience to increase clientele from 112 to 155 during tenure.
Generated significant savings by collaborating with the trucking company contracted to haul aggregate materials by
locating materials to haul on return trip, which offset fuel rates and decreased haul rates.
Cultivated relationships with direct decision makers, including purchasing and plant managers, company presidents,
and other executives.
ABC MASONRY RESTORATION & WATERPROOFING CO., INC., Miami, FL, 20xx-20xx
Mason / Project Manager: Brokered construction project management jobs throughout South Florida. Led between two and 32
resources, and communicated regarding projects’ scopes and expected delivery times with all resources. Provided oversight of
manpower and workload.
Successfully oversaw a $1 million school project for steel structure repairs, masonry work, and interior classroom
renovations, which included fire codes and safety updates.
Directed 15 subcontractors during the morning construction shift, including electricians, carpenters, and other labor.
Consistently delivered projects on time and within budget. Worked well with people from diverse backgrounds.
BCD SERVICES., Miami, FL, 20xx-20xx
Mason / Shift Coordinator: Led a top team of 12-15 direct reports in daily operations and manufacture of cement. Played a
key role in a major transition as the only Shift Coordinator retained after the acquisition of CDE Cement. Supervised operations,
ensured peak performance, and maintained rigorous quality control standards during the transformation that replaced the
existing cement plant with a $230 million state-of-the-art facility.
Appointed to the team charged with commissioning equipment and training employees.
Maintained comprehensive documentation recording compliance with all government regulatory requirements.
Oversaw overall operations as the highest member of management on duty on nights and weekends.
Recognized for excellence as the sole Shift Coordinator selected to remain after CDE Cement acquisition.
CDE CEMENT, Miami, FL, 20xx-20xx
Mason / Shift Manager: Oversaw operations and production of lime and cement through 15-20 employees. Managed
production of dry-process cement kilns, a raw mill, finish mills, a pre-heater lime kiln, and a lime hydrator. Ensured safe and
effective equipment operation. Sampled finished products.
Requested by other departments to supervise because of extensive knowledge of the entire facility.
Collaborated across departments to meet operational needs.
Mason / Process Coordinator: Selected to serve as one of the first coordinators during the inception of the operation’s Central
Control Room; arranged activities and operated the pre-heater lime kiln, a raw mill, and finish mills using an integrated
automated system. Coordinated activities related to the effective process of systems.
Earned a reputation for the highest volume of production per shift.
Shift Manager: Managed daily operations and production of lime and cement through 20-25 employees at two plants located in
one facility. Liaised with inspectors representing the Mining Safety and Health Administration and the Alabama Department of
Hydrator Operator: Operated equipment that controlled the process of converting pebble lime into the finished hydrate and
conveyed to the proper storage destination. Developed a process that increased production by 17%.
EDUCATION & SKILLS
Bachelor of Science, UNIVERSITY OF XYZ, Miami, FL
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
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.