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JESSE KENDALL 123 Elm Street Miami, FL H: 305-555-5555 C: 305-444-4444 email@example.com SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT Proven executive with a commitment to student growth, development, and academic excellence. Oversight of 775 students, 130 staff, and an annual budget in excess of $7.2 million. Exemplary leader focused on providing students with a rigorous and challenging education, along with the confidence, tools, and skills required to build and advance toward a framework of success. Shape the District’s values, visions, and goals. Lead the District in the development of policies and programs that challenge and motivate students toward lifelong achievements and enhance positive educational experiences. NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS Increased TAKS test scores across the District by 41% in two years, the largest increase for the region. Successfully passed an $8.4 million bond, the first bond of its kind within the community. Wrote and procured more than $6 million in grants. Another $1.9 million is in progress for tennis courts and a wastewater management project for schools in the District. Gained media coverage for facilities and other improvements, including an athletic track through a Nike grant. Supported and contributed to the team achievements of Florida State Championships with three school districts. Nominated by the School Board for the Superintendent of the Year. PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND ABC School District, Miami, FL 20xx-Present Superintendent Head the overall operations of a 2A school district, including personnel development, facility management, curriculum approval, and technology management with an annual budget of $7.2 million. Manage student achievement and development of 775 enrolled students through 130 faculty/staff members. Student Achievements: Advanced each school TEA rating within the District from “Acceptable” to “Recognized” with a future achievement of “Exemplary District” expected. Boosted TAKS test scores of the District by 41% in two years, the largest increase for the region. ABC beat the state average 52% of the time, increased to 72%, and again to 93%, the largest increase of all 42 schools. Reduced tardiness and absences through increased visibility and heightened student accountability; rode all bus routes, walked hallways daily, and attended classes weekly. Upgraded Special Education by initiating additional programs; lowered rankings from 20% to 16.6% and increased inclusion significantly. Ensured that every grade within the elementary schools had at least one ESL-certified teacher. Performed a full curriculum audit; aligned with state standards. Analyzed test scores, broke down the TAKS objectives, and executed benchmark testing throughout the year. Fiscal Management: Decreased the tax rate and successfully passed an $8.4 million bond simultaneously. Executed the first successful bond election, receiving a five-to-one ratio. Drove a fund balance increase from $823,000 to $1.5 million. JESSE KENDALL Page 2 of 2 Grants: Authored and procured a Nike grant to build a new track, with ABC becoming the only school district in the state of Florida and one out of eight nationally to receive the Nike funding. Wrote/obtained the Learn and Serve grant in the amount of $20,000 to fund landscaping initiatives throughout the District. Received the Florida Educator Excellence grant from the Governor in the amount of $40,000 for use at the high school. Athletics: Executed a complete athletic program overhaul, which resulted in the decrease of coaching staff from 14 to 10 and an increase in athletic program performance. Renegotiated soft drink contracts to reduce cost and facilitate the purchase of new scoreboards, 25-second clocks, and a new tunnel for the sports teams. Reached the play-offs in 20xx for all sports but one; the only 2A school district within the state able to achieve this level for two years. BCD School District, Miami, FL 20xx-20xx Superintendent Controlled operational procedures of a school with 97 employees, 550 enrolled students, and an annual budget of $3.5 million. Developed financial emergency strategy; reduced staff by 42 and resolved a $1.2 million deficit in an 18-month period. Selected by the Board to make fiscally responsible cuts after the Board approved budgets in the red for eight years. Presented to the legislative session twice, communicated District improvements to Felipe Alanis, the Commissioner of Education, and lectured at the East Texas Leadership Academy, which included a state senator and a state representative as attendees. Achieved an “Exemplary School” rating. Gause Independent School District, Gause, Texas 20xx-20xx Superintendent Supervised a K-6 school with 42 staff members, 120 enrolled students, and an annual budget of $1.2 million. Authored and procured a grant for $2.2 million. Boosted enrollment levels by 25% in a two-year time frame. EDUCATION B.S. in Education, XYZ State University 20xx Master of Education, XYZ University 20xx Mid-Management Certification, XYZ University 20xx Superintendent Certification, XYZ State University 20xx PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS ● Member, Florida Association of School Boards ● Association for Supervision and Curriculum ● STAR, Steering Committee Development ● Students Transfers-Across Rural Florida ● South East Florida Leadership Academy Member ● Florida Association of School Administrators ● Gulf Coast Cattleman’s Association ● Tri-County Special Education Co-Op Board Member ● President, ABC Youth 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 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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