What is a Cover Letter?
In today's job search, most applications are done online, but many times you will need to supply additional materials along with your résumé and/or application. A cover letter introduces you and your résumé to a potential employer. When possible, you should send a cover letter with every résumé you submit, even when one has not been requested.
What is the Purpose of a Cover Letter?
The purpose of the cover letter is to gain the interest of an employer and be invited to an interview. While the résumé provides an overview of your background, the cover letter allows you the opportunity to highlight those aspects of your background that are relevant to the position you are seeking. A good cover letter can help heighten the employer's incentive to learn more about you by reading your résumé and meeting you for an interview. It also gives the employer a sample of your writing skills. To write an effective cover letter, you need to take time to research and write an original letter. The letter should be tailored to each employer and reflect your knowledge of the employer's needs. Researching the organization and position before you write your cover letter will make this task much easier.
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It will be to your advantage to keep an organized file of your correspondence to and from each employer (i.e. résumés, cover letters, references, applications, job postings and employer research materials). Save a copy of each letter you send and receive. As with other aspects of your job search, a centralized record of all action you have taken will lessen the guesswork in following up on job prospects, interviews, and offers.
Q. How do I get a job at Lockheed Martin? Where can I find out what jobs are currently open at Lockheed Martin?
A. Thanks for your interest in our company! You can learn more about Lockheed Martin careers and view available positions by visiting our Job Search page. We frequently update available positions based on business needs. We also invite you to participate in a scheduled virtual chat with our recruiting team.
There are numerous ways to secure employment with Lockheed Martin. As an applicant, it's important to regularly monitor the Lockheed Martin career pages, submit to jobs of interest and make sure that you are qualified for the position as well as the level of the job. We encourage you to pulse anyone with whom you have a current connection at Lockheed Martin to find out about opportunities and what it's like to work in our company. You can also use our job search agent which will notify you when positions are open with your criteria.
Q. Can I apply to more than one job?
A. Yes, however, we suggest that you only apply for positions for which you feel are the best matches for your skills, background, and interests. Applying for more than one won't impact your chances of being hired for one position over another.
Q. Where should I send my resume?
A. For immediate consideration, submit your résumé online via our career site and be sure to apply to those positions which best match your skills and interest. You can manage or create an account by visiting this page - Applicants & Returning Job Seekers.
Q. Does it matter what my resume looks like?
A. Be sure to research typical resume formats like ‘chronological’ or ‘functional’ so it best showcases your skills. Also, be accurate in describing what your skills are, and how your skills align with the Basic Qualifications of each role. It is best to tailor your resume for each specific job you’re interested in and qualified for.
Q. What qualities do you look for when hiring at Lockheed Martin?
A. We’re always looking for individuals who are committed to ethics and integrity, mission-motivated, passionate about solving problems for humanity, and strive to lead innovation. You can learn more about our innovations by visiting our Who We Are page and you can learn about the qualities of some of our employees by visiting our Employee Testimonials page.
Q. What is the hiring process like?
A. First, you should create a profile on our website in order to submit to any position. You only need to create a profile once, and you may update or modify it as often as necessary.
Depending on the position, the Lockheed Martin recruitment team may conduct phone interviews, followed by one or several in-person interviews before an employment offer is extended. You can learn more about joining Lockheed Martin and our recruitment process – Joining Lockheed Martin.
Q: I applied to multiple open positions at Lockheed Martin and I haven’t heard back. How can I find out where I am in the process and what the status of my application is?
A: As a candidate, you can check the status of the position by logging into your job seeker profile and clicking “APPLICATION STATUS” – Applicants & Returning Job Seekers – Students or Applicants and Returning Job Seekers – Experienced. You can see if the position is still open or if it has been closed or cancelled. You will be contacted if the hiring team would like to consider you further for the job you’ve expressed interest to. If you are unable to view the status for whatever reason, you may also contact our Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. How can I improve my chances to get into Lockheed Martin?
A. Be sure to research the company, network with your friends, family and peers, and submit your resume regularly and often through the website. Join us for virtual chats and review our calendar of events to find out when a Lockheed Martin representative will be in your local area. We encourage social media and professional media connections from prospective candidates. You can view all the various ways to Connect With Us.
Q: What is the salary range at Lockheed Martin?
A: Our competitive salaries are determined by comprehensive market surveys according to skill, discipline and level. Our performance recognition approach is designed to continuously assess proper placement within the market range. The salary may vary based on position level, scope of work and geographic location.
Q: What benefits come with this position?
A: Lockheed Martin offers a comprehensive benefits program for employees that includes competitive pay, wellness programs, life and income protection, paid time off, and retirement savings plans. Learn more about the total value of a career at Lockheed Martin – Pay & Benefits.
Q. I’d like to speak with someone in HUMAN RESOURCES about a position I applied for. Who can I contact?
A. The best way to connect with our team is through our virtual recruiter chats. You can view the full schedule and join a chat – Chat Schedule.
Q. What technologies do you work with, develop, and advance?
A. Technologies we focus on include: advanced materials • analysis, simulation, and modeling • electro-optics • communications • environmental sciences • guidance, navigation, and control systems • liquid propellants • millimeter and microwave electronics • software and processors • space science instruments • stealth technologies • systems architecture and integration - and more.
Q. Where are you located?
A. We have locations in some of the most desirable cities in the world, as well as many rural small towns in the U.S. Browse our Locations section for details.
Q. Do you offer relocation assistance?
A. Yes, most of our positions provide relocation assistance. We suggest that you review the job description for any position you’re interested in to see if you’re eligible.
Q. What if I created a candidate account with Sikorsky?
A. The Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin applicant systems have been merged. To ensure that we have your most current information, please create a candidate account within the Lockheed Martin system and submit your résumé by visiting one of the pages below. Our systems will merge your information into one account.
Q. What if I applied to a Sikorsky position?
A. We appreciate your interest in our company! If you previously applied to a Sikorsky position, your job submissions will transfer to the Lockheed Martin applicant system. If you would like to obtain a status on your job submission, please contact our Help Desk at email@example.com
Q. what if i joined the sikorsky talent community?
A. To ensure that we can provide you with the most current updates on opportunities, you should also join the Lockheed Martin Talent Network. You can create a profile and provide your subscription preferences by visiting this page – Join Our Network!
Q. What kind of support will I receive when joining Lockheed Martin following graduation?
A. We have a corporate-wide New Employee Orientation program to help you transition into your new career out of college and many other resources to set you up for success. You’ll find that your managers, mentors, and peers will be eager to offer assistance and advice. We also offer buddy programs, monthly reviews, and New Hire Clubs, to name just a few programs we have in place to help new employees feel welcome.
Q: Does Lockheed Martin hire summer interns? How can I view internship opportunities?
A: We offer a variety of internships and co-ops that provide the chance for students to gain real-world experience. The majority of the internships are posted on the website between September through November. You can search currently available student opportunities – Interns & Co-Op's.
Q: Does Lockheed Martin offer paid internship opportunities? How much do they pay?
A: All Lockheed Martin internships are paid. The pay is based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the geographic location, market, and skills.
Q. What kind of college major do I need for a job at Lockheed Martin?
A. At Lockheed Martin, our student programs are open to all Engineering majors, as well as Mathematics, Physics, Business, Finance, Supply Chain, HR and associated disciplines. Typically, we seek candidates with a Bachelor's or Master's degree, or PhD with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 and above in their field of study.
- Aerospace Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Communications/Public Relations
- Electrical Engineering
- Human Resources
- Materials Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering
- Software Engineering
- Supply Chain Management
- Systems Engineering
To learn more about joining Lockheed Martin after college, visit our College Students page.
Q: When is Lockheed Martin coming to my school for a career fair?
A: Check out our Campus Events page for a current schedule of events. If you do not see your school on the list, you can view our other events that are in your region.
Q. How many college students are you hiring this year?
A. We look for graduates and students to fill over 2,000 full-time and intern/co-op openings per year.
Q. Do you offer education assistance?
A. Yes, and each of our locations offers additional, site-specific training and development opportunities and support for educational advancement relevant to your expertise.
Q. Can I pursue a graduate degree while employed at Lockheed Martin?
A. Yes. All of our employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement for continuing and graduate education in a field related to the business. We encourage ongoing learning and growth throughout your career.
Q. Are there specific steps I should take to ease my military-to-civilian transition?
A. Yes, you can take courses through your Transition Assistance office, and network with as many alumni, associates and military service members. You should also thoroughly research career areas that you’re interested in, clearly define your career goals and discuss them with recruiters and potential hiring managers during and prior to your career search. You can also gain much knowledge about this process by joining our Military Connect online community.
Q: Can someone help me with my resume to make sure my military experience shows my full range of skills?
A: Our team of Military Relations Managers are dedicated to easing your transition into this next phase of your career. Meet our military relations managers at an upcoming event or ask questions at one of our virtual chat events. Read more about their background and experience – Military Relations Team.
Q. What positions can my military skills translate to?
A. Some positions that translate into a career with us include: information technology (IT) • weapon system trainers or instructors (e.g., AEGIS shipboard weapons systems) • aircraft captains and mechanics • avionics technicians and mechanics • special forces • logistics • instructor pilots • intelligence or counter-intelligence analysts • SATCOM operations • equipment operators, maintainers and instructors. You may also find our Military Skills Translator tool helpful in identifying positions.
Q. What is your process for accepting resumes and interviewing those in the military?
A. When you are planning your transition from the military we recommend you research the many types of positions we employ in our various programs and locations. You can discuss your resume with us in person at one of our many Military Events around the country, or via our Military Chat sessions. And when you are close to transitioning (within 60-120 days of separation) you should submit your resume via our career site and apply to those positions which best match your skills and interests. If you have had access to or have worked on any of our programs, additional information may be required depending upon your military occupation, which could include disclosing any conflict of interests, documentation, or letters from your JAG office.