Below is a cover letter I wrote for a job I did not get.
It was February 2011, and I realized I had no desire to continue climbing the corporate IT management ladder. But I also didn’t have the confidence to turn my then-side-project into a full-time job.
The company in question was building the first off-shore IaaS cloud using OpenStack, and I desperately wanted to lead their development/product team. Two long phone conversations and a ringing endorsement from a former colleague led me to believe things were looking up; but then the conversation stopped. In truth,
I had zero experience and was an awful fit for the job, but I thought my conviction and ambition would be enough. So in place of legitimate experience, I wrote a letter to try to prove I was worth taking a chance on.