123 Elm Street Miami, FL 33183 C: 305-555-5555 jkendall@not mail.com
JUNIOR ARCHITECT: Exceptional professional and skilled contributor to numerous project types in all pro ject development
phases from init ial programming to construction document. Offering diverse perspectives and innovative solutions. Pro gressive
architect combin ing creativity and the ability to express ideas through a wide range of media. Innovative creator of breakt hr ough
designs independently and in collaboration with associates.
PRO FES S IONAL E XPERIENC E
ABC ARCHITECTURE M IAMI, FL 20XX – 20 XX
Led and supported design, project develop ment, and execution for co mpany’s satellite office. Oversaw college interns while re porting
to Project Manager with firm that ranked among top three nationwide and won awards for its architectural, interio r design, and
planning services. Collaborated with designers, contractors, design architects, and clients to create attractive and innovative designs.
Drafted and developed construction documents. Discovered material selections. Created artistic freehand sketches and color
architectural p resentations and renderings. Produced life safety drawings. Answered RFIs and issued ASIs and PCs. Prepared
presentation documents for LEED studies and BOMA tabulations. Developed and trained interns in AutoCAD.
Contributed to producing documents for 300 Miami Avenue project by performing the following functions: transforming
complicated sketches into working drawings by coordinating various consultants, conference calls, and commun ication;
resolving several problems that surfaced during integration of existing buildings; and serving as CAD Manager, overseeing
setup of drawings and sharing them with consultants. Collaborated with Europ ean firm on this 10,000+ sq. ft. office building.
Boosted profits by creating add-on services. Improved productivity by applying problem-solving ability to waterproofing
Rendered design presentations in Photoshop, handled study models, co nverted ideas to construction documents, and helped
develop material boards for a major restaurant complex.
Increased organization by developing spreadsheets to track proposed changes, supplemental instructions from Arch itects,
drawings indexes, RFIs, and add-on service hours.
BCD ARCHITECTURE & INTERIORS M IAMI , FL 20XX – 20 XX
JUNIOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER
Collaborated with project architects, structural engineers, and LEED consultants for high -tech co mputer lab, office, mu lti-story mixed
use, health care, university, and residential projects; involved in all phases of projects.
Transformed functional and spatial requirements into feasible design solutions incorporating urban design, master planning,
engineering systems, and sustainable design principles for ach ievement of LEED cert ifications.
Developed design presentations with large-scale physical models, freehand sketching, and 2D/3D drawings, including
exterior/ interior renderings, plan/elevation/section drawings, and wall section details by usin g AutoCAD, 3ds Max,
Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
EDUC ATION & T EC HN IC AL SKILLS
Master of Archi tecture • XYZ University, Miami, FL • 20xx
GPA 3.92/4.00 | XYZ Graduate Fellowship • $30,200 Awarded
Bachelor of Architecture • XYZ State University, Miami, FL • 20xx
GPA 3.87/4.00, Class Rank 4/148 • Magna Cum Laude | Academic Excellence Depart ment Recognition
Fourth year architectural design studio exchange student
XYZ Memorial Scholarship • $700 Awarded
R ELEVANT CO URSES : Architecture Design and Research Studio, Architecture Practice, Environmental Control System, St ructure
Analysis, Architecture History | Teaching Assistant: History of Architecture and Environ mental Systems for Lighting and Acoustics
TECHNICAL S KILLS : Form-Z, Autodesk 3ds Max/ 3D Studio VIZ, Autodesk Maya, Rhino, AutoCAD (2D/ 3D), Adobe Creativ e Suite
(InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Acrobat), So lidWorks, Java, Microsoft Office Su ite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
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. A void this
fate by following these effective strategies:
Addre ss your cover letter appropriately:
Be sure that you get the name of the hiring manager before sending your resum e, and address the letter to that individual.
The proper greeting will be either “Dear Mr. (Smith),” or “Dear Ms. (Smith).” A void 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 ans wer 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 mak e 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.
E very 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 searc h. The more you are able to demonstrate your interest and knowledge about a company, the better your chances
are to secure an int erview. 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 employ er 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 candidat es and professionals with substantial ac hievements, 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 trans ferred 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 relocat e.
To demonstrate your drive and interest, mention that you will call wit hin 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 y ou stand out among the competition. Remember that the
goal is to mark et yourself – not to compose a dull biography.