123 Em Street Miami, FL 33183 Home: 305.555.5555 Cell: 305.444.4444 firstname.lastname@example.org
BUSINESS / SPACE MANAGER
An organized and deadline-driven leader in project management and space planning with nine years of experience in
providing business solutions and technology to increase productivity and efficiency. Skilled at supervising teams and
envisioning strategies that propel them to achieve company goals. A self-starter with adept research and marketing
skills. Innovative in discovering cost-cutting methods and budgeting techniques. Commended for providing creative
and engaging presentations to secure new business and maintain existing customers. Strengths include:
Business Administration Client Relations Small Business Operations Results-Oriented Business Planning
Targeted Advertising Hiring / Termination Securing Permits / Licensing Vendor Relations
Pricing System / Standard Developing Graphic Arts Support Event Coordination
Floor Plan Assessing Trade Show Setup
SPACE PLANNER MIAMI, FL ______________________________________________________ 20XX TO PRESENT
Establish a successful home renovation company by implementing results-oriented business planning and devising
targeted advertising. Conduct billing and deliver quotes for projects. Handle administrative tasks.
Protected company from legal problems by becoming educated on small business requirements.
Wrote comprehensive business plan that examined areas of city that needed renovation, and performed
extensive industry research and uncovered customer needs / wants.
BCD SPACE MANAGEMENT COMPANY
SPACE PLANNER MIAMI, FL _________________________________________________________ 20XX TO 20XX
Planned, directed, coordinated, and oversaw 1,697,895 square feet of office space in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and
West Palm Beach. Hired contractors and subcontractors to perform required projects. Worked with management and
office staff to maintain / secure appropriate permits and licensing. Maintained accurate floor plans in company-wide
database. Built out new spaces and oversaw budgeting for each site with a budget ranging from $50K to $3 million.
Interfaced with architects to create new spaces and vendors to design and price the lighting, carpet, paint, cubicles, and
office / conference room furniture. Interfaced with internal groups such as facilities, IT, and project management to
make sure aspects of employee relocation went smoothly. Cultivated and managed key business relationships. Directed
the closing of sites during decrease in business from failed corporate merger.
Ensured lowest possible level of vacancies, saving the company overhead costs.
Promoted telecommuting among groups, producing cost savings.
Applied an information, move, add, change system throughout sites, which streamlined processes.
Collaborated with Vice Presidents to create user-friendly spaces that met the needs of their groups.
Secured the application of cutting-edge technology in new spaces.
Achieved Sprint Excellence Award for successful build-out in Bethesda, MD.
Designated by peers for achieving standard of excellence within supervised sites.
CREDENTIALS / TRAINING
Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration, XYZ University – In Progress
Training includes: BOMI, Working Together, Stress Management, Facilities Management, and completion of Hogan
Technical skills: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access; AutoCAD R14; Persuasion; FrameMaker; FileMaker Pro;
HyperCard; and Lotus 1-2-3
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
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.