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This local politician was applying for positions in which his political experience would be an asset, which is why it is emphasized so much here.  He built this master resume inventory, which he used to build shorter and targeted resumes for different positions.  Notice how numbers are use to show impact and successes.

John A. Doe Jr.
555 Long Drive, Someplace, WI 555.555.5555,


  • Accomplished public administrator with an extensive record of public service accomplishments and demonstrated proficiency in workplace management.
  • Scholar with comprehensive knowledge of public policy, governmental, and legislative functions.  Expert understanding of budgetary processes, with a proven record of reforming and implementing organizational strategies for positive outcomes.
  • Exceptional leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, with strengths in writing as well as media and community relations. 
  • Team player who works inclusively and collaboratively with diverse constituency and interest groups.  Problem solver with excellent political instincts and judgment.
  • Skilled at analyzing complex matters, formulating innovative ideas, and presenting solutions clearly and convincingly.

Professional Experience

City Council Member, full time, lst District, Someplace, WI 2000- Present       

Serve as district administrator responsible for constituent services, economic development and representation for nearly 44,000 residents.  Exercise full-time policy making and legislative functions for the city, including the adoption of ordinances and resolutions, the approval of the city's annual $1.6 billion budget, enactment of appropriation and tax levy ordinances, and confirmation of mayoral appointees


  • Shepherded over $100 million in new development projects in district, including development of 4 housing subdivisions and one condominium complex, rapid expansion of the metropolitan area’s largest office park, the creation and growth of a 5-dealership auto mall, and a total redevelopment of the district’s largest shopping mall.  Coordinated meetings between various developers, stakeholders and city departments.  Worked to streamline processes and hold developers to high standards.  Hosted community meetings to gauge residential feedback and seek accommodation to resident concerns. 

  • Spearheaded a legislative solution to the city’s health insurance plan that will result in $150 million dollars in savings over 10 years.  Initiated effort to create tiers for family plans and raise plan deductibles and co-insurance.  Met with Employee Benefit’s Director and key Aldermen over many months to devise and implement plan provisions.  Substantial reduction in initial plan costs allowed up-front employee savings from state mandated 12% payment of premium costs, offsetting increases incurred through other plan changes. 

  • Devised comprehensive strategy for addressing city’s ailing infrastructure needs, including sponsoring an outside audit of city roads and reinstatement of the city's Capital Improvements Committee (CIC), championing an initiative for a major new revenue source and contrived a new ordinance to extend Tax Increment District boundaries to fund expanded road projects.  Reforms have reduced road replacement cycle from 163 years to 62 years in five-year’s time, with substantial cash infusion from the wheel tax and TIF funding.

  • Reorganized road projects process eliminated previous residential assessments and reduced deleted projects at public hearings from 40%  to 0%, allowing the worst roads to be improved immediately.  Initiated department change to a prevent-first strategy for ongoing maintenance to improve operational efficiency.   New CIC allows for more thorough review of ongoing capital expenditures.  Received Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel editorial support for TIF funding plan as an innovative way to improve city road conditions and create local jobs.

  • Guided planning and implementation of successful district flood mitigation program.  Two-phase program aimed at reducing infiltration and inflow from leaky sewer mains and laterals with poured-in-place lining, and disconnection of home drain-tiles in area with substantial basement flooding.  Initiated broad internal effort of mailings, door-to-door visits, newsletter article, press releases and neighborhood meetings, saving entirety of $75,000 that department devised for outside public relations spending for voluntary program.  Program participation rate of 93% of 565 targeted homes far exceeded department participation of a previous pilot with a 4% participation for a downspout disconnection program in another district.  

  • Piloted measure establishing a Milwaukee Police Department redistricting plan after inquiry of residential complaints showed police patrol areas going unpatrolled for substantial amounts of time.  Initiated district planning task force as precursor to plan.  Worked with Police administration to implement changes that resulted in new patrol boundaries, a reduction in district size and overlapping of squad patrols to ensure continuous service in all patrol areas.  After plan implementation, rampant citizen complaints were nearly eliminated. Recognized “Alderman of the Year” by the Milwaukee Police Association for efforts.
  • Provided overall strategic direction on a nine-year effort to create a new environmental park at Deep Quarry.  Managed various city staff and partnered with neighborhood stakeholders and other governmental entities to formulate and execute planning at the 19.7-acre site.  Hosted dozens of meetings with residents and area neighborhood associations.  Worked with various Milwaukee city departments and leaders from the abutting city of Small City to initiate a park maintenance sharing plan.  Assisted efforts to attain state DNR Stewardship grant top award of $250,000 toward first phase of park.  Oversaw creation of non-profit neighborhood park group which raised over $75,000 for park amenities. 

  • Initiated city’s plan to consolidate and organize inefficient and redundant public information services across various city departments.   Changes resulted in the elimination of two redundant positions, and regular meetings and increased coordination between public relations services in various city departments that were working in silos from one another.  Previous services that were being outsourced are now shared and done in-house.

  • Orchestrated a comprehensive revision of the city's licensing process.  Efforts include creation of a contested hearing process that dramatically reduced lengthy hearings for applicants and citizens providing testimony, consolidation of licensing services from two to one division, devising new hearing controls to improve the integrity of the license process after the felony arrest of one Alderman on extortion charges, and creation of a streamlined license application. 

  • Partnered with a colleague to initiate the audit and reform of fleet services operations which generated nearly $1 million in annual savings.

  • Initiated and sponsored a reverse auction ordinance to reduce city purchasing costs.

  • Devised the city's 24-hour business license as a solution to an unresponsive and ineffective zoning process for late night business operations.

  • Composed white paper for City Treasurer’s Office as a model for reforming treasury functions.

Responsibilities and Other Experiences

  • Hosted over 1,000 meetings with citizens, neighborhoods and community groups.  Meet regularly with departmental administrators to shape policies and services for the district.   Devise newsletter articles, press releases and web page content to shape district communication.  Extensive interplay with media and press.   Lobby state & local officials on city matters.
English/Math Teacher- Milwaukee Public Schools (1998-2000)

Teacher of English, American Lit and general math classes.  Responsible for classroom preparation, management and instruction, while working with a diverse student body.  

  • Gained empathy and knowledge by working with students of varying abilities.  Improved communication skills and enhanced editing skills while reviewing papers.

Congressional Aide- U.S. House of Representatives- Rep. Jane Doe, (1996-1998)

Coordinated the Congress member's schedule, and wrote speeches, citations and congratulatory commendations for district functions.  Oversaw constituent casework for IRS, Federal Bureau of Prisons, USPS, and OSHA.  Staffed and represented Congressman at district events. 

  • Learned to work with tight deadlines.  Gained knowledge of workplace safety issues and working through the myriad of federal departments to assist constituent concerns. 

Board Memberships

Visit Milwaukee/Greater Milwaukee Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (2000-2012)    

  • Initiated Board effort to proactively lobby state legislature for enhanced funding streams. 
  • Gained knowledge and appreciation of tourism industry’s economic impact on community. 

Milwaukee Survive Alive Foundation, Acting President/Vice President (2001-2012)

  • Championed expanding foundation's core mission beyond fire prevention education to include a student anti-violence/anger management program.  Led efforts to diversify board with representatives from African-American, Latino and Hmong communities. Initiatives include the inclusion of instruction and educational materials for fire safety program being provided in multiple languages, and efforts to make foundation web site more interactive to assist student/teacher follow-up and learning.


Public Administration Certification Program, University of Someplace, 2012-

Master of Arts- American History, Someplace University, 1996 (High Honors)

Bachelor of Arts- History and Political Science (minor), Someplace University, 1993 (Cum Laude)

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