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Core Skills Include: SENIOR HUMAN RESOURCE PROFESSIONAL
Highly knowledgeable and results-oriented human resource professional with a record of
Compensation & Benefits achievement in facilitating the effective management of overall business operations. Planned
Personnel Management and implemented strategies that fueled an organization characterized by high-performing
Recruitment & Selection individuals. Proven competencies in all facets of human resource programs and objectives,
Payroll Administration including policy planning, development, implementation, and management. Unique facility
HRIS Implementation for cultivating relationships with individuals at all professional levels to achieve consistency
Employee Relations and attainment of goals. Recognized for the ability to foster cohesion through the practical
Legal Compliance application of exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
ABC UNIVERSITY, Salem, NH, 20xx – 20xx
Assistant Director, Human Resources: Served as a senior professional for the overall HR organization, including
addressing employee relations matters, recruitment and selection, credential verification, and background investigations
for this private not-for-profit University with a $23 million budget, operating five schools and three counseling centers in six
locations throughout the state. Worked collaboratively with academic deans, counseling center / program directors
regarding budget and workforce planning.
Implemented a new HRIS / payroll system and reengineered processes to reduce errors or omissions from 11% to less
than 2%, which eliminated the need for manual checks. Reduced the number of pay runs monthly from five to three,
and eliminated payroll assistant positions, which fueled substantial cost savings.
Conducted salary surveys; developed job descriptions, overtime, benefits, and time-off policies. Carried out equity
and FLSA status analyses. Made sure of the ongoing management and review of all programs and policies to facilitate
a highly effective organization.
Maintained compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by conducting a periodic review of position
descriptions to ensure they accurately reflected position functions, contained job-related criteria, and were free of
discrimination on the basis of disability.
UNIVERSITY OF BCD, Salem, NH, 20xx – 20xx
Assistant Director of Human Resources: Designed, administered, and ensured legal compliance with the institution’s
20 health and wellness, insurance, retirement, and pension plans. Served as plan administrator of the Section 125 and
401(k) retirement plans. Coordinated and oversaw COBRA, FMLA, CFRA, ADA, USERRA, LTD, PDL, and workers’
compensation programs. Provided ongoing counsel regarding employee relations matters and coached managers to
address performance-related issues.
Developed new and online recruitment sources, which substantially reduced advertising costs while increasing the
number of qualified and diverse administrative and academic candidates.
Contributed as a valuable member of the academic / administrative search committees and member of the
strategic planning task force. Fueled process improvements and communication among HR, the schools, and the
Drafted the employee handbook, academic / administrative search procedures, drug-free workplace policy, and
injury and illness prevention programs, including policies to prevent workplace violence.
EDUCATION B.S. in Business; Concentration in HR Management, XYZ UNIVERSITY, Salem, NH, 20xx
Graduate course work completed in Business Law and Ethics, Compensation and Salary Administration
CERTIFICATION Currently preparing for the PHR certificate using the SHRM Learning System
MEMBERSHIP Society for Human Resource Management
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.