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To become a civil engineer. To design, plan, and supervise the construction of buildings, highways, and rapid transit systems..
Long-range, general abilities and requirements:
Current skills, interests, and experiences:
Short-term, specific goals to make your dreams a reality:
Anything found on the internet
Represents your experience in a date order with the most recent/relevant experience first.
Emphasizes qualifications according to categories using job-related skills.
Houston, TX 77004
Seeking management level position in marketing where excellent skills in business development,
marketing, and research will enhance company visibility and profitability.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Over 9 years of marketing management experience. Expertise in managing all aspects of promotional,
advertising, and multi-media communications. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.
Candidate for the Master of Business Administration - May 2004
Texas Southern University – Jesse H. Jones School of Business - Houston, Texas
B.S. in Business Administration, Minor in Marketing, Detroit City University, Detroit, Michigan – 1998
Westwood Manufacturing Company, Phoenix, Arizona – May 1999 - Present
Director of Sales and Marketing
· Organize and staff marketing activities. Sales growth compounded at 17% per year from $10 to
$40 million in nine years.
· Initiate programs in advertising, price analysis, product line profitability, market research and
applications engineering to support planned growth.
· Provide advertising with direction on all creative executions and allocation of $1.5 million media
· Prepare, manage and monitor total marketing budgets representing $10 million, for nine market
Sales increased 40% within six months after implementation of marketing strategy.
XYZ Company, Chicago, Illinois – January 1991 - December 1997
Area Marketing Manager
· Planned and chaired quarterly meetings to present new marketing programs to franchise
· Supervised 18 administrative staff providing marketing, operations and personnel support.
· Conducted training classes for assistant managers to help them identify marketing techniques and
Persuaded eight franchisees to invest in the implementation of a marketing program. This resulted in a
5% - 20% increase in sales.
Member, American Marketing Association (AMA)
Board Member, Institute of Marketing
Houston, TX 7704
A position in Student Affairs that utilizes the educational and on the job skills acquired in undergraduate studies.
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology GPA: 3.8 May 2000
Arizona State University Tempe, AZ
Microsoft: Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Windows
Internet: Netscape, Internet Explorer
Use statements that emphasize achievements rather than duties.
Mr. John Thomas, Staffing Manager
1234 Houston Ave.
Austin, TX 23232
Dear Mr. Thomas:
I recently read an article in the newspaper about your agency opening a location in the Houston area
and am interested in becoming a Human Resource Generalist with your organization. I will graduate
from Texas Southern University in December with a B.A. in Human Resource Management.
During my four years at Texas Southern University, I took numerous courses in the area of Human
Resource Management. I also worked part time as an Administrative Assistant in Human Resources.
My knowledge of Human Resources and my strong work ethics would make me a great team
member for your organization
I will call you next week to arrange an interview at your convenience. Thank you for your
1411 Williams Street
Houston, TX 77032
Company Name & Address
Type of business
Number of employees
What is the company’s reputation?
Long and short- term goals
New products in development
Public or private
Growth pattern (last 5 yrs)
Current stock price
Stock activity (2-3yrs)
Profitable last year?
Profitable last quarter?
I’m a ________________________ with _____ years experience in _________________
I have ______ years experience in the field of____________________________________
My main areas of expertise are in: ____________________________________________
I am skilled in: ___________________________________________________________
My major accomplishments have been in the area of: _____________________________
I am interested in obtaining a position as a: _____________________________________
in the ________________________ (field/ industry) or with a _____________________
Q. Tell me about yourself.
Remember, the interview is about you and you are the expert. Set the stage for success by
focusing on your most marketable skills and strengths. Deliver your 60 second commercial
with natural sincerity and enthusiasm. Keep responses relatively brief (about two minutes or
less) and job-related.
Q. What are your strengths?
Support your strengths with specific examples, and focus on how you saved time and money or improved sales and
service, i.e., Last November I was voted Employee of the Month for outstanding customer service at XYZ Company.
Q. What are your weaknesses?
Avoid appearing defensive. Identify a common weakness and turn it into a strength, i.e., Sometimes I become impatient
when there are delays out of my control…but I think wanting to complete the job on time is also a strength
Q. What has prepared you for this job?
Focus on your education, training and work experience. Provide examples of how you have successfully managed
Similar tasks in the past. Note: Research the company in advance to find out as much as you can about the position.
Request a job description and if possible, visit the company before interviewing.
Q. How well do you work under pressure?
Assure the interviewer you can handle multiple assignments, and keep your cool. Share an example of how you
have managed a stressful situation in the past by being well-organized and having a positive attitude.
Q: Do you like being a team player?
Absolutely, teamwork is essential for success. Market your people-skills in term of how you communicate
effectively with an increasingly diverse population. Give a specific example of how your writing, speaking or
listening skills contributed to the success of a program or project in the last year.
Q: How would others describe you?
This question can be tricky, so prepare by focusing on your key employment traits. Honesty, dependability, and
positive attitude are highly valued today. Remember to put your best foot forward and project a credible image.
Q: What do you want to do in five years?
Respond with a plan that outlines steady progress and increasing responsibility, i.e. Everything is changing so
rapidly in this field…but my plan is to continue learning and gaining experience so that one day I can move on to the
Q: Why do you want this job?
Position yourself as a team-player who can be counted on to do a professional job. Match your education, training
and experience to the position.
Q: Do you have any questions?
YES! Show your interest, enthusiasm and confidence by asking- among other things- about a typical workday,
priority projects and on-the-job training. And always let the interviewer raise the issue of salary and benefits first.
Women - Consider These Tips/Advice
The standard attire for men is a conservative black, dark navy or gray two-piece business suit
DON’T choose attire that will cause undue attention such as fluorescents or animal prints.
Two pens with same (blue or black) ink
Copies of your resume
Neatly completed application
List of questions you want answered
Current picture ID and Social Security Card
Any correspondence from the employer
List of references
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