123 Elm Street ▪ Miami, FL 33183 ▪ Home: 305-555-5555 ▪ Cell: 305-444-4444 ▪ firstname.lastname@example.org
History of maintaining the highest levels of quality while maintaining full adherence to all deadlines, budgets, and
specifications. Skilled in managing projects to ensure deliverables are met on time and under budget. Highly skilled in
reading and interpreting blueprints. In-depth knowledge of building codes, permits, and OSHA safety standards. Adept at
managing materials, maximizing resources, and optimizing manpower. Talented in developing and motivating construction
teams to peak performance levels. Reputation for superior problem solving and customer relationship management skills.
Municipal Liaison Land Purchases Project Timelines
Development Expansion Quality Assurance Contract Negotiations
Infrastructure/Vertical Estimates Strategic Planning Infrastructure Improvements
PRESIDENT, ABC CONSTRUCTION, Miami, FL 20xx-Present
Own and operate a general contracting firm that offers a number of services including residential and commercial carpentry,
flat concrete work, roofing, and residential remodeling. Direct the efficient development of foundations, structural concrete,
seawalls, and structural rebuilds. Effectively manage and strengthen relationships with clients, architects, engineers, building
officials, and bank representatives. Supervise and motivate teams of up to 10 in-house employees and various
subcontractors. Oversee daily operations, sub-contractor arrangements, quality control, job site coordination, and client
meetings. Manage payroll, budgeting, and job safety. Develop designs and build drawings and obtain permits. Read and lay
out and blueprints, produce cost/price estimates, and order materials.
Established business from an initial $10,000 investment, achieving annual gross sales of $932,000 within five years
with accumulated assets of over $80,000 and no major debts.
Aggressively grew business through hard work, outstanding customer service, and constant referrals.
Successfully completed various residential remodeling projects, commercial projects, numerous foundations, and
custom concrete seawalls.
Maintained a perfect safety record for all employees.
Continually implemented highly effective procedures that improved productivity and minimized down time.
KEY PROJECT - Completed the structural rebuild of a 160-year-old building within 14 months under a $1.4 million budget:
Saved the owner an estimated $350,000 by acting as both the general contractor and the owner agent.
Recognized as the driving force behind the project; closely involved with all phases of the project, which was
constantly changing because of the unique building structure.
Participated in many design aspects from both an engineering perspective and the architectural side. Earned great
admiration from both the owner and the future tenants of the building.
VICE PRESIDENT, BCD HOMES, Miami, FL 20xx-20xx
Oversaw construction operations in development of superior residential homes priced from $165,000 to $600,000 located in
throughout three states. Realized an annual sales volume of $10 to $15 million. Served as an absentee owner and
collaborated with the company's operations management. Monitored balance sheets and profit and loss to ensure profitable
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Advanced the company from start-up in 20xx with sales of eight homes valued at $1.6 million to more than 60
homes sold in 20xx. Realized a volume of $15 million and a gross profit of $2.1 million.
Instilled construction best practices into the operation and earned a reputation of excellence across the community.
Spearheaded model home design as well as site and amenities selection. Expertly administered preconstruction
finance, contract, and infrastructure preparation.
Managed bid documents, developed subcontractor scopes of work, and priced products focused on the bottom line.
CONSTRUCTION DIRECTOR, CDE HOMES, Miami, FL 20xx-20xx
Partnered in construction of single-family homes and townhomes ranging from $125,000 to $325,000 in 15-40 acre
developments. Constructed a strip mall to accommodate local residents. Managed daily operations and finances through
a team of 20. Played a key role in structure design. Oversaw overall field operations. Built a sales team and marketing
initiatives to promote new homes.
Propelled annual sales from $5 million in 1997 to $35 million in 20xx.
Met all project timelines, budgets, and objectives. Supervised infrastructure improvements on five key projects
across 700+ building lots and commercial sites.
Scouted raw land for development. Worked collaboratively with engineers and municipal planners in project and
layout design. Ensured compliance with all municipal requirements.
Directed infrastructure improvements consisting of wet and dry utilities, curb and gutter, sidewalks, water retention
areas, and road construction.
Wrote subcontracts and sales contracts, negotiated contracts, handled estimates, and oversaw project development.
Utilized a team approach to maximize construction quality, streamline operations, increase productivity, and ensure
Developed an Excel spreadsheet tool to track purchases and monitor costs. Implemented a process to improve
change order management and control payment methods.
Bachelor of Arts, XYZ University, Miami, FL ▪ 20xx
State Contractor License: Florida
NAHB of Florida
Creating a Compelling Cover Letter
A powerfully written cover letter is necessary to land most interviews and ensure job search success. When an advertised
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In the closing paragraph, you need to address several issues. At the very least, you need to ask for the interview and
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In summation, an aggressive and dynamic cover letter will help you stand out among the competition. Remember that the
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