An Open Cover Letter: CEO Position

Craig Axford
5 min readJan 4, 2018

The following was originally written, excluding a few minor edits, in June of 2015. It was inspired by a frustrating job search triggered by the closure of Target Canada, where I had been employed as a human resources team member.

June 1, 2015

Re: Chief Executive Officer position

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to you today seeking employment with your company as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As you will see, if you take the time to read my resume (available upon request), I am a reasonably well-educated individual with a variety of career and life experiences that will make me a valuable addition to your company.

The purpose of this letter is to articulate how, as your new CEO, I could save your corporation millions of dollars each year. As is often stated by spokespeople working for publicly traded companies, corporations are legally obligated to maximize profits as this is in the interest of their shareholders. Therefore, having just been informed I can potentially save your company millions annually, you are required by law to seriously consider my application.

As you are no doubt already aware, numerous CEOs and other corporate officers are being paid salaries in the millions or tens of millions of dollars. Even after these individuals have done incredible harm to their company’s bottom line, these once mighty and proud corporations provide their executives with golden parachutes that would be the…



Craig Axford

M.A. in Environment and Management and undergraduate degrees in Anthropology & Environmental Studies. Living in Moab, Utah. A generalist, not a specialist.