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Harvard Extension School Resumes and Cover Letters OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES Harvard University · Faculty of Arts and Sciences www.ocs.fas.harvard.edu CAREER AND ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER Harvard Extension School www.extension.harvard.edu/resources/career-academic-resource-center RESUMES and COVER LETTERS An Extension School Resource © 2018 President and Fellows of Harvard College All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any way without the express written permission of the Harvard University Faculty of Arts & Sciences Office of Career Services. 8/18 Office of Career Services Harvard University Faculty of Arts & Sciences Cambridge, MA 02138 Phone: (617) 495-2595 www.ocs.fas.harvard.edu RESUMES A ND COVER LE TTE R S Create a Strong Resume A resume is a brief, informative summary of your abilities, education, and experience. It should highlight your strongest assets and skills, and differentiate you from other candidates seeking similar positions. Although it alone will not get you a job or internship, a good resume is an important element toward obtaining an interview. Tailor your resume to the type of position you are seeking. This does not mean that all of your work history must relate directly, but your resume should reflect the kind of skills the employer would value. NEED HELP? • • • RESUME TIPS RESUME LANGUAGE SHOULD BE: • Specific rather than general • Active rather than passive • Written to express not impress • Articulate rather than “flowery” • Fact-based (quantify and qualify) • Written for people who scan quickly DON’T: • Use personal pronouns (such as I) • Abbreviate • Use a narrative style • Number or letter categories • Use slang or colloquialisms • Include a picture • Include age or sex • List references • Start each line with a date CARC/OCS Resume and Cover Letter Webinar. Learn the nuts and bolts of getting started. See the CARC or OCS websites for dates. HES Call-ins. First Monday of the month, Sep-May, 1:00-3:45pm (15 minutes). Phone (617-496-8946) or Skype (linda.spencer. at.ocs) during call-in hours only. Available to currently registered Extension School students and alumni only. Career Advising Appointment. Matriculated degree students and alumni only. Please set up an appointment via Crimson Careers. TOP 5 RESUME MISTAKES: 1. Spelling and grammar errors 2. Missing email and phone information 3. Using passive language instead of “action” words 4. Not well organized, concise, or easy to skim 5. Too long DO: • Be consistent in format and content • Make it easy to read and follow, balancing white space • Use consistent spacing, underlining, italics, bold, and capitalization for emphasis • List headings (such as Experience) in order of importance • Within headings, list information in reverse chronological order (most recent first) • Avoid information gaps such as a missing summer • Be sure that your formatting translated properly if converted to a .pdf PLAN TO WORK INTERNATIONALLY? Resume guidelines can vary from country to country. Check out GoinGlobal at http://www.ocs.fas.harvard.edu/going-global RE SU ME S A N D C OV ER L ETTERS Action Verbs for your Resume LEADERSHIP Accomplished Achieved Administered Analyzed Assigned Attained Chaired Consolidated Contracted Coordinated Delegated Developed Directed Earned Evaluated Executed Handled Headed Impacted Improved Increased Led Mastered Orchestrated Organized Oversaw Planned Predicted Prioritized Produced Proved Recommended Regulated Reorganized Reviewed Scheduled Spearheaded Strengthened Supervised Surpassed COMMUNICATION Addressed Arbitrated Arranged Authored Collaborated Convinced Corresponded Delivered Developed Directed Documented Drafted Edited Energized Enlisted Formulated Influenced Interpreted Lectured Liaised Mediated Moderated Negotiated Persuaded Reported Rewrote Spoke Presented Promoted Publicized Reconciled Recruited Suggested Synthesized Translated Verbalized Wrote RESEARCH Clarified Collected Concluded Conducted Constructed Critiqued Derived Determined Diagnosed Discovered Evaluated Examined Extracted Formed Identified Inspected Modeled Organized Resolved Reviewed Summarized Interpreted Interviewed Investigated Surveyed Systematized Tested TECHNICAL Assembled Built Calculated Computed Designed Devised Engineered Fabricated Installed Maintained Operated Optimized Overhauled Programmed Remodeled Repaired Solved Standardized Streamlined Upgraded Adapted Advised Clarified Coached Communicated Coordinated Demystified Developed Enabled Encouraged Evaluated Explained Facilitated Guided Informed Instructed Persuaded Set Goals Stimulated Studied Taught Trained TEACHING QUANTITATIVE Administered Allocated Analyzed Appraised Audited Balanced Budgeted Calculated Computed Developed Forecasted Managed Marketed Maximized Minimized Planned Projected Researched CREATIVE Acted Composed Conceived Conceptualized Created Customized Designed Developed Directed Established Fashioned Founded Illustrated Initiated Instituted Integrated Performed Planned Published Redesigned Revised Introduced Invented Originated Revitalized Shaped Visualized HELPING Assessed Assisted Clarified Coached Counseled Demonstrated Diagnosed Educated Enhanced Expedited Facilitated Familiarized Guided Motivated Participated Proposed Provided Referred Rehabilitated Represented Served Supported ORGANIZATIONAL Approved Accelerated Added Arranged Broadened Cataloged Centralized Changed Classified Collected Compiled Completed Controlled Defined Dispatched Executed Expanded Gained Gathered Generated Implemented Inspected Launched Monitored Operated Organized Prepared Processed Purchased Recorded Reduced Reinforced Retrieved Screened Selected Simplified Sold Specified Steered Structured Systematized Tabulated Unified Updated Utilized Validated Verified Sample Resume Jin Wang firstname.lastname@example.org • (213) 555-6666 Education Harvard University, Extension School Master of Liberal Arts, Information Management Systems GPA 4.0 • Class Marshall Award • Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award • Data Science Project: Financial Market Analysis Using Machine Learning • Capstone Project: Enterprise Data Lake University of Malaya Bachelor of Computer Science May 2018 June 2009 Technical Skills • Machine Learning • Python/Scikit-learn • Quantitative Analysis• Cloud Computing • Unix Scripting • Oracle/SQL Server • RDBMS Tuning • Network Protocals • Spark • Hadoop • PLSQL/T-SQL • Agile & DevOps • Data Visualization • Java/C# • Data Warehouse/ETL • Web Development Professional Experience Rande Corporate & Investment Banking Detroit, MI Associate – Information Technology September 2013 – Present • Lead a team of 6 people to manage, operate, and support low latency post-trade brokerage platform • Improved the performance of straight-through processing by tuning database applications • Reduced number of major incidents by 23% through problem management • Automate manual back-office processing through scripting and automation engine • Actively participate and contribute to the internal data science project initiatives Olson Financial Singapore Associate – Information Technology February 2011-September 2013 • Built a new application support team of 5 people focusing on post-trading straightthrough processing and data warehouse extract-transform-load processing • Designed and implemented global application monitoring platform. • Eliminated 80% of manual checks for trading support, and decreased SLA breaches for client reporting by 15% Sample Resume (page 2) Singapore PS Engineering Information Ltd. Software Developer – Technology Office July 2010 – January 2011 • Built Command & Control System for Singapore Civil Defence Force using C# .NET WCF Services • Integrated proprietary software components with commercial off-the-shell software product Well Beijing, China Software Developer June 2009 – June 2010 • Built supply chain management system using Java Spring/Hibernate Framework and Service Oriented Architecture • Improved the performance of real-time business activity monitoring report and reduce the report response time by more than 50% Singapore Silver Technologies Ltd. Software Developer May 2008 – May 2009 • Developed web-based Point of Sale (POS) application using C# .NET for a multinational fashion retailor • Researched and implemented RFID authentication software module Certifications • • • • 4-course graduate-level certificate in Data Science, Harvard University ITIL Foundation V3 Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certified Salesforce Developer January 2018 January 2015 March 2013 October 2012 Sample Resume Nadia Smythe email@example.com | 444-555-2222 linkedin.com/in/nadiasmythe/ EDUCATION HARVARD UNIVERSITY EXTENSION SCHOOL 2014 - 2016 Master of Liberal Arts, Management • Recipient of Dean´s List Academic Achievement Award • Selected for the Venture Incubation Program at Harvard Innovation Lab and winner of Stretch Award 2016 UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing • Graduated from Honors Program, Rank 1 • College Student of the year 2006 awarded by Expansion Time Warner Magazine • Recipient of L’Oréal Excellence Award 2006 2001- 2006 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AGENDA28 September 2012- Present CO-FOUNDER/ DESIGN STRATEGY DIRECTOR • Founded design studio specialized in social impact that develops integral design strategies to increase effectiveness of social initiatives and empowers young designers from underserved communities in Mexico • Led 20 design projects for nonprofits and social enterprises in the U.S., Mexico, India, Zambia, Australia, Switzerland • Won Most Innovative Idea at Educational Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship Conference at Harvard - May 2015 ENTERPRISSE DE MEXICO November 2008 – January 2014 MARKETING & SALES DIRECTOR • Led the Marketing and Sales teams achieving a company growth of 163% in 5 years • Reinforced the brand by redesigning the corporate identity and executing online marketing campaigns • Improved the customer service by implementing a new Sales Methodology, a CRM and a Loyalty Program • Developed a new Corporate Strategic Planning methodology and coordinated all related activities • Expanded operations to 9 new countries in Latin America OPTICIANE MEXICO January 2008 – October 2008 PR & MEDIA EXECUTIVE • Managed the PR activities for 16 eyewear brands • Planned events for Tiffany, Chanel, and Ralph Lauren winning best congress planner 2008 (Convenciones Mag.) • Coordinated media campaigns for RayBan, Vogue and Prada • Accomplished $1,300,000 USD in Clipping (free advertisement) CLAIROLE MEXICO March 2006 – December 2007 PREFERENCE BRAND MANAGER • Performed the marketing activities including forecasts, new products launch, advertisement and promotions • Led the Casting Crème Gloss and Color Rays market research • Achieved 15% in annual growth vs 0.5% budgeted TRAINEE: Managed the Mexico City’s point of sales team INTERNSHIP: Supported Paris’ hair color brands with sales forecasts, design of promotions and PR events VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE • • • INCUBATEC- Mexico City (January 2005 – May 2006): Coordinator of entrepreneurs program ARTE NAJEL- Chiapas, Mexico (July 2005 – March 2006): Marketing advisor for fair trade project POLE- Nairobi, Kenya (August 2012): Assistance to Mercy Community School to develop business plan Jesse Jayant 511-555-7777 / Jesse.Jayant@post.harvard.edu Summary Results-oriented finance professional with over 10 years of experience in publicly traded and privately held enterprises. Proven track record in complex and capital-intensive global industries, delivering value and innovation in Finance, Strategy, and Corporate Planning. Core Competencies • Financial Analysis • Forecasting • M&A • • • Budgeting Business Planning Financial Modeling • • • Strategic Planning Reporting Valuation • • • Month-End Close Capital Planning Project Planning Experience USA Airlines, Chicago, IL Sr. Financial Analyst, Information Technology Financial Planning 2011 - 2018 • Developed and monitored a $1B annual Information Technology (IT) budget for 2012 & 2013. • Tracked spending against budget and project progress to ensure effectiveness of financial controls and accuracy. • Prepared and presented monthly, quarterly, and annual spending reports to CIO. • Implemented new technology (SharePoint Portal) and processes to facilitate monthly reporting that decreased reporting cycle by over 40%. • Constructed a comprehensive monthly forecasting model to reduce forecast cycle time from 2 weeks to under 4 days. • As a member of USA’s Chapter 11 Restructuring Team, conducted sensitivity analysis to re-negotiate 30 IT vendor contracts that resulted in 15% savings. Dream Properties, Bangalore, India Sr. Financial Analyst, Finance & Strategic Planning 2010 - 2011 • Analyzed and recommended to the CFO and CEO viable business investments in Real Estate projects and lease commitments ($5M-$25M). • Identified redundancy in processes and personnel that allowed $3M of annual expenses to become a source of revenue. • Led a team of 7 professionals to identify revenue potential and optimization as key drivers of future portfolio strategy. USA Airlines, Chicago, IL Sr. Financial Analyst, Human Resources Finance 2009 - 2010 • Divisional controller, leading financial reporting and analysis, accounting, budgeting, P&L optimization for $200M HR division including Compensation, Vendor Management, Retirement. • Led effort to right-size USA’s unionized workforce. Reduced total headcount by approximately 800 FTEs, resulting in annualized savings of $60M. • Modeled and presented the financial structure of USA’s variable compensation & bonus plans to executive management. Sr. Financial Analyst, Operations Business Planning 2008 - 2009 • Directed the implementation of a $50M technology project at over 10 major US Airports (including Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, New York, Miami, Los Angeles) that scaled to support over 15,000 employees, increased productivity by 12%, and reduced lost baggage expenses by 8%. • Built the Checked Baggage Fees Model and projected revenue stream ($12M) by forecasting the change in passengers’ baggage check-in behavior. • Developed an optimization model to define refurbishment strategy for over 300 ground service equipment that led to $2M savings. • Designed USA’s Rent Pricing Model to determine lease commitments for all US airports. USA Owl Airlines, Chicago, IL Financial Analyst, Financial Analysis & Capital Planning 2006 - 2007 • As a member the Finance Integration Team, collaborated with Merrill Lynch to develop a spinoff report to provide guidance and enable departments estimate post spin-off revenue and cost synergies. • Assessed departmental needs and partnered with internal customers on the composition of USA’s capital plan for 2008 ($500M). • Served as a liaison between Corporate Planning and Capital Planning; analyzed and acquired funding of $120M for large capital projects in 1 year. • Identified and implemented cost-saving initiatives of $250K through ground service equipment optimization at 60 US airports. Alpro Laboratories, Detroit, MI 2006 - 2006 Financial Analyst, Finance & Business Planning • Re-designed the revenue forecast model to reduce budget preparation time by 30% in 4 months. • Analyzed and recommended the CFO to adjust product production based on competing companies’ market share for multiple product lines. Morgan Firm, Wood, MI Intern • Assisted portfolio managers in analyzing stocks and mutual funds for prospective and existing clients. • Participated in client financial planning discussions and quarterly portfolio review. Education Harvard University, Extension School, Cambridge, MA Master of Liberal Arts - Management • Dean’s List, GPA 3.89 Professional Graduate Certificate – Organizational Behavior Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance • Summa Cum Laude, Dean’s List, GPA 3.92 2005 - 2005 May 2017 May 2017 December 2005 Additional Information • Cultural Experiences: Visited over 30 countries in 4 continents and lived in 3 countries • Social Impact: Susan G. Komen Walk Fundraising – Member (2012-2013), Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity Committee Member (2010-2011), Big Brother Big Sister – Member (2008) • Personal Interests: Avid reader, traveller, bicyclist Sample Resume Jacob A. McLean 1921 Rainy Day Drive Cambridge, MA 02140 firstname.lastname@example.org (617) 555-3456 Education HARVARD UNIVERSITY Extension School Master of Liberal Arts, Information Management Systems May 2015 Dean’s List Academic Achievement Award recipient Relevant coursework: Trends in Enterprise Information Systems, Principles of Finance, Data mining and Forecast Management, Resource Planning and Allocation Management, Simulation for Managerial Decision Making RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science with Mathematics minor May 2008 Professional Experience Boston, MA STATE STREET CORPORATION December 2011 – July 2013 Principal –Simulated Technology Led 8 cross functional, geographically dispersed teams to support quality for the reporting system Improved process efficiency 75% by standardizing end to end project management workflow Reduced application testing time 30% by automating shorter testing phases for off cycle projects Conducted industry research on third-party testing tools and prepared recommendations for maximum return on investment FIDELITY INVESTMENTS Boston, MA Associate – Interactive Technology January 2009 – November 2011 Initiated automated testing efforts that reduced post production defects by 40% Implemented initiatives to reduce overall project time frames by involving quality team members early in the Software Development Life Cycle iterations Developed a systematic approach to organize and document the requirements of the to-be-system Provided leadership to off-shore tech teams via training and analyzing business requirements L.L. BEAN, INC. Freeport, ME IT Consultant June 2008 – December 2009 Collaborated closely with the business teams to streamline production release strategy plans Managed team of five test engineers to develop data driven framework that increased application testing depth and breadth by 150% Generated statistical analysis of quality and requirements traceability matrices to determine the linear relationship of development time frames to defect identification and subsequent resolution Led walkthroughs with project stakeholders to set expectations and milestones for the project team Technical Expertise MS Excel, PowerPoint, Relational Databases, Project Management, Quantitative Analysis, SQL, Java Additional Organized computer and English literacy workshops for underprivileged children in South Asia, 2013 Student Scholarship Recipient, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, 2007-2008 SUSAN R. SMITH Sample Resume 2 Kinnaird St. • Cambridge, MA 02139 • 781.555.7777 • email@example.com EDUCATION Master of Liberal Arts, Finance Harvard University, Extension School, Cambridge, MA (May 2016, GPA 3.85) Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (December 2003, GPA 3.78) Level II Candidate CFA Program PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT PROJECT HARVARD UNIVERSITY - Investment Management Course Spring 2014 Final project (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Asset Trust) Group leader and Fixed Income manager Diversified portfolio achieved a risk - adjusted 11% annual return, preserving wealth and satisfying yearly distribution goals Usage of Black-Litterman and Mean-Variance Optimization modeling and Bloomberg database Team ranked highest among all groups of the Investment Management class PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE SYNOPSIS, INC., MARLBOROUGH, MA Senior Application Consultant II - Synplicite Product Sales 2011 – Present Synopsis is a publicly-traded provider of software for ASIC and FPGA microchip design serving Fortune 500 companies. Synopsis purchased Synplicite in 2008. Demonstrated Revenue Growth: Earned 120% of quota via pivotal technology solutions and key relationships Achieved 150% of quota in 10 month period by expanding product usage Proven Leadership: Implemented synthesis flow for top storage provider, resulting in client's record purchase of Synplicite products Selected by senior management to support eastern Canada accounts and assist team in growing FPGA business Selected as Synplicite Track Leader for Boston Synopsis User Group event with 400+ clients, team earned top rank Lifted team capabilities, personally identifying and hiring new application consultant Technology Investment Management: Year-over-year proven results and support reliability resulted in tier one customers increasing their annual, multi-million dollar software investment by 24% SYNPLICITE, INC., ANDOVER, MA Senior Field Application Engineer - Synplicite Product Sales 2003 – 2011 Demonstrated Revenue Growth: Consistently triggered revenue growth, generating 20% sales growth for 5 consecutive years Increased military account booking by 50%, by establishing product value and performance Technology Investment Management: Recommendations, results, and proven support record resulted in industry leading storage and router firms to transition to new microchips and software across their entire product lines Proven Leadership: Recognized by executive management for building excellent relationships with top accounts and industry partners and for positioning solutions versus leading competitors Drove development and implementation of top selling features for structured ASIC and verification software Eliminated competition at critical accounts and averted ASIC designer division layoff for telecommunication provider Collaborated with teammates and marketing management to uncover new business opportunities and strengthen relationships with high-profile military, telecommunication, processor, and storage accounts Promoted to Senior Field Application Engineer Promoted to Field Application Engineer Hired after completing challenging summer internship, quickly developed expertise in digital design languages Sample Resume SANJAY GOPAL 75 Smith Lane Billerica, MA 01821 978-555-9999 Sanjaygopal@gmail.com Project Director A results oriented Project Director with extensive leadership experience in highly competitive IT and Telecom industry. Proven track record of leading and managing multi-million dollar international programs across northern Europe, Middle-East, North America and South America. Specialize in launching new services and products from concept to roll-out and building organizations from ground up. Expertise in improving team performance while securing customer loyalty and forging valuable relationships with internal and external partners. Core Competencies Project/Operations Management Strategic Planning Client Management & Retention Leadership Building organizations Negotiations P&L Management Risk Management Business development Professional Experience Comyerse Inc., USA The world's leading provider of Telecom software and systems Oct 2007 - Present Project Director / Consulting Program Manager, Boston / London / Dubai Delivered 30+ Projects and Programs within agreed budget, time and quality for telecom operators in North America, South America, northern Europe and Middle East region. Planned & supervised “concept to launch” for enterprise software systems, system integration projects for telecom operators in voice, data & billing domains. Prepared service proposals, RFP responses & worked closely with sales groups to secure new business. Accomplishments: Delivered 30+ projects valued 80+ Million USD, on-time, within budget with team of up to 100 people for Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Bell Canada (North American clients), America-Movil, Millicom (South American clients), Vodafone, Orange, (European Clients), Q-Tel and Etisalat (Middle Eastern clients). Introduced Visual Voice Mail services for Verizon wireless nationwide in aggressive schedule with team of 100+ professionals. Managed launch of first Ring Back tone project for Sprint within very demanding timeframe. Comverse was awarded multiple expansions based on success of project. Coordinated very competitive trials for multiple services for Bell Canada and won the contract. Launched a globally distributed ring back tone service for Orange Global in UK, France and Belgium. Team consisted of 100+ team members including Sub-contractor (Cap-Gemini). Introduced new product lines across North America, Europe and Latin America. Built and managed Comyerse (Middle East) organization from scratch to team of 4 Project managers and 13 Engineers. Sample Resume (page 2) Atlas Telecommunications, UAE Leading telecomm solution & system supplier, based in UAE April 2006 - Sept 2007 Business Development Manager, Abu-Dhabi Marketed and sold telecommunication systems for Telecom, Defense, Oil and gas companies. Managed contract negotiations, RFI /RFP responses and project agreements. Accomplishments: Exceeded the sales target for 2002 and 2003 by 25% (3.6 Million USD). Successfully introduced and won projects for Mera systems, Scientific South and Comyerse Inc. Facile Call Paging, India Largest & most innovative paging service provider in India June 2004 - March 2006 Sr. Manager (Projects & Operations), New Delhi Launched first green field paging network across north India. Managed operations and customer support with team of 9 engineers and 70 customer care agents. Accomplishments: Built Facile Call technical organization from ground up across 7 locations in India. Member of core team to bid nationwide spectrum auctions and vendor selection. Launched and managed green field paging services across major cities in demanding time scales. Education Harvard University Extension School, Master of Liberal Arts, Management, Expected May 2018 Regional Engineering College, Surat, India, Bachelor of Engineering, May 2004 Project Management Institute (PMI), Professional Certification: PMP Sanjay Gopal  Sample Resume John Reynolds 17 Reed St. z Boston, MA 02118 firstname.lastname@example.org z 617.555.6543 Education HARVARD UNIVERSITY Extension School, Master of Liberal Arts, Biotechnology (May 2015) • • • Relevant coursework: Business Analysis and Valuation, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Biostatistics, Clinical Trials and Regulatory Issues, Project Management Thesis: Assessing Acquisition Potential in the Medical Technology Market Faculty Aide Program: received a $500 stipend for research investigating medical technology UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, Bachelor of Science in Neurobiological Sciences (May 2008) Florida Bright Futures Award recipient: Full academic scholarship (2003-2008) • Interdisciplinary Studies scholar with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience (Senior Thesis on abnormal repetitive behaviors in mice) • Graduated from Honors Program • Professional Experience BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL - Boston, MA (December 2009 - May 2015) Senior Research Assistant • Create and maintain computer databases for statistical analyses • Prepare presentations, manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters for publication • Perform technical duties for clinical studies in the field of sleep medicine and cardiovascular health • Redesigned and updated the Medical Chronobiology Program Web site HARVARD UNIVERSITY - Cambridge, MA (January 2011 – May 2011; January 2012 – May 2012) Teaching Fellow for the course, BIOS E-210, “The Physiology of Sleep” • Prepared syllabus and created course materials • Designed course Web site, led discussion sections, maintained correspondence with graduate students • Organized guest lectures featuring several prominent researchers in the field of sleep medicine WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION - Boston, MA (August 2011 – January 2012) Project Consultant for the HMS Sleep and Health Education Web site • Conducted literature reviews and produced original multimedia content based on current research • Reviewed site content to determine scientific accuracy HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL - Boston, MA (March 2011 – January 2012) Assistant Editor for the HMS Sleep and Health Education Web site • Developed and revised scope and architecture of the site Publications Sleep Research Society: Lee, S. & Smith, W. (Co-developers: Lee, S. & Reynolds, J.) (2014). Fundamentals of the circadian system. In C. Amlaner, & O. Buxton, (Eds.), SRS Basics of Sleep Guide Abstract: Neil, L., Jones, R., Lopez, A., Reynolds, J. (2014) Lack of Endogenous Circadian Rhythm of Platelet Aggregability. SLEEP 2014 (Conference) Community Service Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay: Serve in both the school-based and communitybased mentoring program in Dorchester, MA Sample Resume Sarah Lopes Jones 23 South St. • Concord, MA 01742 • 978-333-9898 • email@example.com Summary • Accomplished Certified Project Management Professional with extensive experience managing project teams in all phases of the Software Development Life Cycle, as well as in infrastructure implementations. • Proven track record of initiating and delivering successful projects to improve systems and performance in large complex development and production environments. Experience IBM, Cambridge, MA, 2004 - 2014 Senior Technical Services Professional, 2006 - 2014 IBM Software Group (SWG) HQ division, which manages services to 7 brands/divisions, including: Lotus, Rational, Tivoli, Cognos, and WebSphere, with a total client base of 35,000. • Simultaneously led 3 cross-matrix teams of 5-15 members each, in projects to research, develop, and deliver yearly software development capital forecast plans. Total budget for all 7 divisions $100M. • Saved an estimated $2M yearly by increasing productivity of 600 employees. Organized the development and implementation of a worldwide database application, including requirements gathering, development, UA testing, rollout, and training. Directed 4 major version upgrades. Considered “best in breed” application by IBM managers. • Developed and managed a $30M yearly IT spending budget split between 35 groups/divisions located in 10 different European countries. • Saved $8M/yearly by initiating and managing a project to transition all US datacenters to standardized servers. Prepared and maintained 25 cutting-edge configurations available by a single part number and delivered fully assembled. • Managed relationships with Sun Microsystems and Hewlett Packard, to provide ongoing discounts on a variety of servers needed for SWG development. • Insured compliance for Sarbanes Oxley audits by establishing and maintaining an out-of-cycle capital approval process. Authorized over $50M in requests yearly. • Created the first standardized high-end ThinkPad to meet the needs of the Software Group developer community. Within 6 months this standard was adopted by all of IBM. • Saved an estimate of $2M/yearly by reducing capital expenditure through cross-lab sharing and reuse. Member of The Asset Reutilization Council, and founder of The Asset Sharing Database. Advanced Systems Management Integration Professional, 2004 - 2006 • Managed deployment projects specializing in security and systems management software throughout the Cambridge data center (200+ servers). • Specified, ordered, loaded, and installed Windows data center servers as lead MS Certified Systems Engineer on internal project teams. • Published white papers, processes, procedures, and work instructions for IBM on OS and software standards. Sample Resume (page 2) Sarah Lopes Jones page 2 MJ Research (currently Bio-Rad Laboratories), Waltham, MA Network Administrator and Help Desk Manager, 2001 - 2004 • Managed infrastructure projects, including: setup of multi-site DSL; DHCP and NAT conversion; SMS rollout; firewall installation; email migration; web server launch; database design; license server implementation; sales database rollout; VPN integration across WAN; Intranet design and installation in DMZ. • Supervised helpdesk and staff. Prioritized help desk issues. Handled problem escalation. • Directed selection, installation, administration, maintenance, upgrades, and backups for critical Windows servers on a cross-platform LAN/WAN with 200 nodes, and 50 remote users. • Specified, ordered, installed, and distributed Macintosh systems to new hires. Trained employees on usage, company computer policy, and procedure. • Held internal training classes in computer use, software applications, Internet, and project management. Technical Skills Hardware: IBM System x, BladeCenter, Intellistation, ThinkPad, PowerBook, AMD, Dell, Cisco, TotalStorage, NAS, tape backup. Networking: switches/hubs, cabling, DSL/VPN, TCP/IP, remote access, DMZ/firewall. Software: Windows Operating Systems, Mac OS X, VMware, security and virus protection, system mgmt software, middleware, BrioQuery, ACT!, Filemaker Pro, Eudora Pro, Apple: iLife, iWork. Microsoft: Office, FrontPage, Project, SMS, Outlook, Visio. Lotus: Notes, Symphony, Sametime, SmartSuite, Adobe: Photoshop, Illustrator, PageMaker, Acrobat. Education Harvard University Extension School, Cambridge, MA Master of Liberal Arts, Management, May 2015 Emerson College, Boston MA Bachelor of Science in Marketing Communications: Advertising and Public Relations, May 2001 PMI Institute: PMP Certified IBM: Leadership Excellence Program: 148 class hours developing leadership skills Microsoft: Windows 2000 Certified Systems Engineer Sample Resume Georgina Santiago 35 Lee St. Apt. 3 Cambridge, MA firstname.lastname@example.org EDUCATION Harvard University Extension School Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Field of Study Economics Cum Laude, Dean’s List, GPA 3.62 Worked up to 40+ hours a week to defray cost of tuition Cambridge, MA May 2016 EXPERIENCE Hangtime Wholesale Wine Company Boston, MA 2013-present Sales Representative Opened and maintain 40 accounts in the greater Boston area. Conduct in-store tastings and staff trainings to generate greater revenue. Create and distribute promotional materials. New York, NY Christie’s Auction House Intern, Fine and Rare Wine Department 2013 Performed pre-and post-sale statistical analysis. Researched and executed mass mailing in order to generate new consignments. Researched potential domestic clients for annual Hospice de Beaune Auction. Generated contracts for consignors. Served as front-line contact for both existing clients and potential consignors, handling incoming and outgoing correspondence. Compiled and entered tasting notes for auction catalogue. Montagna Bar and Restaurant Aspen, CO 2013 Back-Server, Cocktail Server, Food-Runner Active participant in wine program, including weekly blind-tastings. Created suitable beverage pairing for patrons. Shay’s Pub and Wine Bar Cambridge, MA 2006-2013 Server, Bartender, Floor Manager Coordinated and promoted weekly specials to generate optimal revenue. Participated in development, expansion and improvement of wine program. Recruited and trained all floor staff. Increased overall restaurant sales by 75%. The Second Glass Boston, MA 2011-2013 Staff Writer Launched premier issue of print and online wine magazine. Increased public visibility through participation in wine related events. Provided up to three articles per print issue and once weekly for online issue. Conducted research and interviews for articles. Certifications: Court of Master Sommeliers: Introductory Course WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wine and Spirits (Pass with Merit) Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry Diploma in Business French Member, Boston Sommelier Society Volunteer: Domaine Carrett Bully, France 2013: Vineyard and Cellar Management Ovid Vineyards, St Helena, California 2013: Office and Events Support Write an Effective Cover Letter Your cover letter is a writing sample and a part of the screening process. By putting your best foot forward, you can increase your chances of being interviewed. A good way to create a response-producing cover letter is to highlight your skills or experiences that are most applicable to the job or industry and to tailor the letter to the specific organization you are applying to. Your Street Address City, State, Zip Code Date of Letter Use complete title and address. Contact Name Contact Title Company Name Street Address City, State, Zip Code Address to a particular person if possible and remember to use a colon. Dear _________: Make the addressee want to read your resume. Be brief, but specific. Opening paragraph: Clearly state why you are writing, name the position or type of work you’re exploring and, where applicable, how you heard about the person or organization. Middle paragraph(s): Explain why you are interested in this employer and your reasons for desiring this type of work. If you’ve had relevant school or work experience, be sure to point it out with one or two key examples; but do not reiterate your entire resume. Emphasize skills or abilities that relate to the job. Be sure to do this in a confident manner and remember that the reader will view your letter as an example of your writing skills. Ask for a meeting Closing paragraph: Reiterate your interest in the position, and and remember to your enthusiasm for using your skills to contribute to the work of the organization. Thank the reader for his/her consideration of follow up. your application, and end by stating that you look forward to the opportunity to further discuss the position. Always sign letters. Sincerely, Your name typed Some general rules about letters: • Address your letters to a specific person if you can. • Tailor your letters to specific situations or organizations by doing research before writing your letters. • Keep letters concise and factual, no more than a single page. Avoid flowery language. • Give examples that support your skills and qualifications. • Put yourself in the reader’s shoes. What can you write that will convince the reader that you are ready and able to do the job? • Don’t overuse the pronoun “I”. • Remember that this is a marketing tool. Use lots of action words. • Have an OCS adviser proofread your letter. • If converting to a .pdf, check that your formatting translated correctly. • Reference skills or experiences from the job description and draw connections to your credentials. • Make sure your resume and cover letter are prepared with the same font type and size. Sample Cover Letter February 21, 2018 Ms. Liza Wideman Recruiting Coordinator Great Strategy Consulting Firm 200 Shell Fish Blvd, Suite 199 San Francisco, CA 94080 Dear Ms. Wideman: I am writing to express my interest in securing an Associate position at Great Strategy Consulting Firm. I am a Master of Liberal Arts degree candidate at Harvard Extension School, specializing in Information Technology. I come from a solid technical background with a strong interest in business and a passion towards strategy. My area of focus and interest varies from quantitative analysis to project management. I have maintained a 3.95 GPA through a well-balanced program of study, which is not only very analytical and technical by nature but also helps to build leadership and team building qualities. I am extremely impressed with Great Strategy’s approach to strategy consulting, especially within the Business Development and Innovation practice areas. I believe my academic background, business knowledge and industry experiences have provided me with the credentials needed to thrive as an Associate. Prior to Harvard, I worked as a technology professional, primarily resolving strategic issues related to technology process improvement. I gained solid research, analytical and problem solving skills while working in Fortune 500 companies. My background in generating innovative ideas and strategies to improve processes has provided me with a deeper understanding of multifaceted problems that companies encounter in their daily operations. Moreover, because of my work experiences, I fully understand how important it is to have great team dynamics in today’s multi-disciplinary business environment. To date, my experience as an IT professional has been extremely rewarding and productive. However, it is through strategy consulting that I can use my analytical aptitude and creative problem solving skills to their fullest. I strongly believe that consulting is a discipline that will force me to view problems not only from the client’s standpoint but also from a marketplace, best practices and “think out of the box” point of views. I would appreciate the opportunity to interview with Great Strategy Consulting Firm for the Associate position. Please find enclosed my resume for your review. I can be reached via email at email@example.com or by phone at (617) 555-3456. I enthusiastically look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Jacob A. McLean Sample Cover Letter October 10, 2018 Ms. Susan Carey Senior Manager Wholesale Wine USA 23 Green St. Boston, MA 02116 Dear Ms. Carey: I am writing to apply for your position in wine wholesale as advertised on Crimson Careers. This exciting opportunity appears to be a wonderful fit with my professional experience, personal interests, and career goals. I am returning to Boston to complete my final year at Harvard University Extension School, where I am majoring in French and economics. Having spent the year working and traveling, I am eager to incorporate myself once again into the local wine community, to which I can bring experience in a number of sectors of the industry. Through eight years in the restaurant field, I have acquired a deep love of and appreciation for wine and cuisine. I have been known to wax rhapsodic over specials; nothing made me happier than discussing a bottle with a table. This enthusiasm allowed me to introduce a list of reserve selections to Shay’s Pub and Wine Bar. The result was an appreciable increase in sales for the restaurant and repeat attendance by customers. My position at Aspen's award-winning Montagna allowed me to expand upon my knowledge of wine, locally inspired cuisine, and the highest standards of service. Our weekly blind-tastings fueled my desire to further myself in this field, and I am in the process of acquiring certification through both the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine Spirit and Education Trust. Most recently, I have returned from France where I was lucky enough to work on an organic vineyard in Beaujolais. I adored working with the young, dynamic, vigneron who ran the estate, the largest of its kind in the region. A position at your wholesale wine company would allow me to draw upon this experience and to facilitate the success of such producers. Additionally, it would enable me to replicate the most enjoyable components of my experience overall: working with my colleagues in the local restaurant industry, as well as with distinctive, iconoclastic winemakers. I am readily available via email or phone in order to arrange an interview, and have attached my resume below per your request. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Georgina Santiago
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