Dear Mrs. Smith,
As soon as I saw your announcement for Chief Information Officer, I made writing this application my first priority. Because my natural inclination is to anticipate and try to fill needs, I thought you deserved a good deal more than the standard application and resume.
I designed my resume in a new way. Gone are the usual “summary of qualifications” and sterile lists of responsibilities. In their places, starting right at the top, are eight capabilities I want to offer the Governor and the people of Maryland. Backing them up are 14 sample contributions made to organizations of all kinds—from large public-sector agencies to small businesses to nationally known IT leaders. Finally, I wanted you to have a detailed list of my technical skills. Nevertheless, there is important information no resume format or application form can transmit well.
I’ve already begun a personal, professional development program. I designed it to make me productive right from the start. I am studying the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ Transition Handbook, Governor’s Transition Team IT Assessment Template, and the Chief Information Officer Transition Handbook. And I’ve begun to form professional relationships with CIOs in several states. They’ve given me invaluable insights into tough problems they are
dealing with right now—problems that are similar to ones we face in Maryland today.
Normally, I would take the next logical step and ask for a little time on your schedule so that I could hear about your specific IT needs and goals in your own words. However, I am sensitive to the instructions that accompanied the announcement. If a personal meeting isn’t possible now, I encourage you to test me for yourself in an interview soon.