Oct 29, 2018 - 12:08 PM
A cover letter for SpaceX needs to reinforce that you are an exceptional candidate and that you stand out not only by your talent but also the energy and dedication that you are able to bring to a company that is itself involved in doing exceptional things.
SpaceX, like Tesla, is a global employer of choice, and therefore often has the first pick of the world’s top talent. For every opening, they receive numerous resumes from extraordinarily qualified candidates. You need to stand out as the best in a pool of the best.
SpaceX has stated that "…we’re out there looking for people that want to help us achieve th[e] goal of making humans multi-planetary." SpaceX wants people for whom that goal resonates deeply, and they want to know the story behind it. Great scientific and technical skill is a given, and you have already spelled that out on your resume.
Use the cover letter to paint a vivid picture of the passion and drive that isn’t as obvious from your resume. You can do that by discussing your own exceptional accomplishments. Keep it concise, and remember, it’s not about how good you are, but rather how good you are for SpaceX.
Aug 15, 2018 - 01:12 AM
Avoid talking about yourself too much in your cover letter as well. Remember, your resume should list the relevant experience and accomplishments. It is acceptable to list one large accomplishment to gain the reader's attention but much of your cover letter should be about what you can do for the company, not what the company can do for you.
Research the company and the head of the department you want to work in thoroughly. If the information you find is all very professional, keep a professional tone in your cover letter. If it seems to be warmer and friendlier, use friendlier language in your letter. The goal is to mimic the tone of the company.