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					JESSE KENDALL
                                    123 Elm Street | Miami, FL 33183 | Mobile: 305.555.5555 | E-mail: jkendall@notmail.com
ENGLISH EDUCATION
   Highly committed and focused teacher dedicated to promoting the overall health, well-being, and educational
   development of students. Effectively share knowledge through interactive and engaging course work designed to
   enlighten students and foster a lifelong love of learning. Readily apply highly developed interpersonal
   communication skills to create a productive and proactive working environment predicated on trust and idea
   generation. Enjoy working with people from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds and serving as a
   partner who actively engages others to improve the learning process. Intermediate Spanish language ability.
   Core areas of performance include:
          Engaging Students in Active Learning                  Following Through on All Projects
          Collaborating with Professional Staff                 Driving Continuous Improvement
          Making Proactive Recommendations                      Meeting Educational Initiatives
          Analyzing Situations Effectively                      Fostering Team Commitment
          Applying Interpersonal Skills                         Promoting a Love of Learning

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
   ABC CHARTER SCHOOL • Miami, FL
   High School English Teacher                                                                       20xx-20xx
   Added value and contributed to a hybrid program for grades 9-12, which blended core instruction and independent
   study, and specialized in providing personalized learning for students with substantial individual teacher attention.
   Contributed value:
          Expertly instructed students and contributed to one student’s passing of the STAR state exam who had
           previously failed the exam twice before.
          Recommended and implemented the shift from workbook study to literature, which resulted in students’
           learning and understanding literature in-depth and developing an appreciation of its value that extended
           far beyond simple work sheet lessons.
          Guided students’ understanding of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Covered Renaissance, post-
           colonialism, US literature, and British literature focusing on the course curriculum for each respective grade
           level. Met the needs of a diverse student body with various levels of aptitude.

   BCD HIGH SCHOOL • Miami, FL
   English Teacher                                                                                   20xx-20xx
   Taught four English classes with a focus on literature and discussion. Nurtured the growth of students through
   reading and writing assignments.
          Developed and implemented writing assignments as part of elective writing and philosophy workshops.
           Provided intensive instruction regarding the tools used by poets, and challenged students to apply lessons
           learned in writing assignments. Led discussions in the philosophy workshop using the Socratic method.
          Tutored a small class in English and writing in preparation for a state-mandated exam.

EDUCATION
   XYZ COLLEGE GRADUATE SCHOOL, Miami, FL
   Master of Arts in Religion in American Life (20xx)
   XYZ STATE UNIVERSITY, Miami, FL
   Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science (20xx)
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.

				
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