JESSE KENDALL 123 Elm Street • Miami, FL 33183 • Cell: (305) 555-5555 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Talented and results-oriented senior Architect with strong passion and appreciation for design and detail. Track record of
achievement in managing complex architectural and construction projects from inception to completion, including
planning, estimating, and client/contractor interactions. Expertise in commercial, residential, health care, and public
projects; knowledgeable in sustainable design techniques, applications, and construction codes. Demonstrated ability to
deliver projects within strict time deadlines and budget constraints without sacrificing creativity.
ABC Design Partnership, Miami, FL, 20xx – 20xx
Senior Design Architect / Partner: Developed strategic, tactical, short/long-range planning; recruited, hired, trained, and
supervised staff. Served as Director of Project Management; devised project management guidelines, reviewed projects
with managers, coordinated staffing/scheduling, evaluated commercial project contracts, and established milestones and
fee data information. Oversaw proposal development, contract negotiation, bidding, zoning analysis, concept
development, design refinement, code review, document production, and construction administration.
Generated $1 million in profit for the company through effective project management.
Designed an innovative prototype for a large multi-family apartment developer, streamlining the product line while
providing a very cost-effective, timeless design solution.
Increased efficiency by streamlining the schematic, design development, and construction document phases.
Initiated and created a project-related computer filing system; allowed project information to be efficiently and
systematically organized, creating uniformity for each project and the firm.
CDE Development Prototype, Miami, FL
Successfully designed the prototype for 300 to 500 unit apartment complexes throughout the U.S.
Grande DEF, St. Petersburg, FL
Oversaw the design and project management of a three-building, eight-story condominium with 84 units.
BCD Architects, Miami, FL, 20xx – 20xx
Design Architect: Acted as primary point of contact for clients on a variety of mixed use, multi-family, and resort projects
in Florida and throughout the United States. Conducted client meetings; prepared presentation drawings, construction
documents, and specifications.
Consistently achieved on-time project completion through effective planning and organization.
Ensured the highest levels of design quality, maintained client satisfaction, and exceeded expectations.
Served as primary member of design team; designed several large urban mixed use projects.
EFG Square, Rosemary Beach, FL
Effectively project managed a 21,500 sq. ft., three-story mixed use building of condominiums and retail space.
FGH Street Mixed Use, Tampa, FL
Designed the concept for urban mixed use project with hospitality, retail, residential, and parking spaces.
XYZ University School of Architecture, Miami, FL
Master of Architecture, 20xx, Bachelor of Architecture, 20xx
Registered Architect, Florida / LEED Accredited Professional / NCARB Certificate
Extensive CAD experience (AutoCAD, Microstation, 2D/3D)
American Institute of Architects Member / USGBC Member
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
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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?”
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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
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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
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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.
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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.