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Enjoy this expertly developed sample boutique buyer resume with complimentary cover letter strategies included. Unlike most resume samples you will find, this one is a completely editable Word document, which means you can revise this resume as needed to suit your needs while keeping the stylish format in tact.
JESSE KENDALL 123 Elm Street ▪ Miami, FL 33183 ▪ 305-555-5555 ▪ email@example.com BOUTIQUE BUYER Distinguished career in merchandising and retail management with a proven track record of increasing store sales through effective merchandising, superior product knowledge, and comprehensive staff training. KEY ATTRIBUTES Highly skilled in revitalizing and merchandising stores to create unique boutique environments. Career background in representing world-class designer products with integrity while increasing brand awareness. Known for impacting sales by developing eye-catching merchandise displays and planograms. Successful history of reducing costs and shrinkage to ensure optimum profitability. Reputation for providing unrivaled customer service and exemplary staff leadership. Extensive professional history of international travel; fluent in English and French. Proficient in Windows and Macintosh applications, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), RunIt, and MX Data. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE ABC STORE, Miami, FL 20xx to Present Boutique Buyer: Formulate and implement highly effective sales management plans to move $3 million in designer inventory for the North American flagship store of a 45-store Japanese chain. Produce compelling visual product displays and merchandise layout; purchase and manage inventory. Coordinate successful events, store promotions, and seasonal sales. Provide effective P&L management; maximize gross profit margins through strategic product pricing. Establish and control operational budgets, conduct regular meetings to communicate sales goals, and report financial figures to the corporate offices. Report directly to the company’s CEO; supervise, train, and motivate five top-performing Sales Associates. Brands Managed: Avant-garde ready-to-wear (RTW) and accessories – Alexander McQueen, Ann Demeulemeester, Viktor & Rolf, Anne Valérie Hash, Antonio Berardi, Easton Pearson, Trosman. Shoes – John Galliano, Guiseppe Zanotti, Véronique Branquinho Key Achievements: Promoted from initial Manager position within three months of hire. Designed a spreadsheet database that tracked daily sales activities against assigned quotas. Motivated employees with bonus incentives and automated/standardized payroll operations. Developed a comprehensive customer service manual that provided templates/scripts for cold calling, trunk show/promotional announcements, and follow-up thank you letters. BCD JEWELRY BOUTIQUE, Miami, FL 20xx to 20xx Buyer: Devised high-impact fashion and bridge jewelry merchandise plans for this $34 million division. Effectively managed SKUs and inventory levels. Key Achievements: Propelled bridge jewelry to $10 million, which was 22% over 20xx, by intensifying top styles within key classifications. Increased fashion jewelry to $16.7 million, which was 27% over previous year, by driving open sell classifications and editing and expanding case line accordingly by location. Developed open sell productivity recap, which enabled rapid review/edit of brands by productivity by location. Received Spring 20xx and Spring 20xx leadership awards. Earned recognition as Planner of the Season, Spring 2003, for outstanding results; reached $11.3 million/+8% to plan, +17% to 20xx, and #1 comp trend in Macy’s. Realized a two-year trend of +28%. EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design and Merchandising, 20xx, XYZ College, Miami, FL 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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