123 Elm Street, Miami, FL 33183, 305.555.5555, email@example.com
SENIOR PROJECT ARCHITECT ~ PROJECT MANAGER
Outstanding professional with a commitment to design integrity and project excellence
Exceptional professional with expertise in multimillion dollar commercial design and construction. Progressive Senior Project Architect with
notable success in design and development of complex retail, education, medical, and criminal justice facilities. Outstanding Project Manager,
effective at all phases of development from initial concept to completion. Talented in the design of exceptionally built environments that deliver
client expectations and integrate well with their contexts. Offering diverse experience and innovative solutions, creating dynamic designs
independently and in collaboration with associates and clients. Technical Software Experience: AutoCAD, Softdesk, MicroStation, Revit, Prolog
project management. Master of Architecture degree along with construction management and business education.
AREAS OF EXCELLENCE
Code Compliance Team Leader/Mentor Remodels/Renovations
Project Management/Production Architectural Detailing A&E/Team Collaboration
CAD Systems/Computer Applications Contract Administration Architectural Services Lead
ABC ARCHITECTS, INC., Miami, FL – 20xx to 20xx
PROJECT ARCHITECT / SENIOR JOB CAPTAIN: Oversaw new multimillion dollar construction, additions, and remodeling as Project Manager
and Architectural Lead through CAD technicians, outside consultants, and contractors for this $38 million national architectural firm. Utilized
extensive experience working with large development teams, local building officials, and architectural, engineering, and client groups in
coordination of services and facilities.
Directed construction of 24 new BCD and Super BCD stores across 15 states nationwide. Managed complex additions, remodels, and
renovations of nine BCD stores in four states as Project Manager and Architectural Lead.
Collaborated with BCD Property Development in design, development, and construction of a pre-prototype test store in advance of the
20xx Super BCD prototype. Played an instrumental role in the fast-track test of the emerging design concepts and strategies that would
develop into the 20xx Super BCD prototype to follow.
BCD ARCHITECTS, INC., Miami, FL – 20xx to 20xx
PROJECT ARCHITECT : Collaborated closely with clients to articulate client vision and meet rigorous objectives. Met challenging project
schedules and expertly managed work flow. Utilized Prolog Web-based project management software for implementation of comprehensive
client-driven change requests, RFIs, and other construction administration communication.
Developed innovative, highly localized, client-centric, cost-effective design solutions for this progressive, image conscious, and design-
oriented retail client.
Recommended work flow and administrative staff changes to ensure client-initiated changes were implemented and tracked optimally.
KKE adopted the recommendation and realized significant improvement in change management quality and implementation time
UNIVERSITY OF XYZ- Miami, FL
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE , 20XX
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES, 20XX
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.