Resume Cover Letter

Chief Information Officer Cover Letter

The challenge was to find a way to get the hiring decision maker's attention. The letter shows that the applicant was already learning about state government and could be effective at once.

Sample Chief Information Officer Cover Letter

Rony Conrad
2365 S Mayfield Ave • Chicago, IL 60652 • Cell: (123)-555-1234

Wednesday, 07 March 2010

Thomas Dickens
2365 S Mayfield Ave
Chicago, IL 60652
Cell: (123)-555-1234

Dear Mr. Dickens:

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.


Rony Conrad


  1. Application for Examination
  2. Resume
  3. IT Capabilities the State of Maryland Can Use at Once
  4. College-Level Course Work Applicable to CIO Performance

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