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How to Stand Out When Applying to the Best Jobs in the U.S.

Posted by Amy Elisa Jackson

Last Updated January 23, 2019

It may be a jobseekers' market, but competition for the best jobs in the U.S. is fierce.

“We’re seeing a spike in demand for highly-skilled workers in 2019,” said Glassdoor Economic Research Analyst Amanda Stansell. From security engineers to brand managers and recruiters, the impact of tech in all industries and jobs is undeniable. Stansell adds, “There’s no question that emerging technologies designed to grow and scale business, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation are having an impact on the types of jobs employers are hiring for across the country."

Therefore, companies like 3M are trying harder than ever before to attract and hire top talent for feel these in-demand jobs. We caught up with the global science company that never stops inventing to get the insiders' secrets to applying to and securing some of the best jobs in the U.S.

Currently, 3M is focusing on being a place where people come to have careers that allow them to innovate, grow and make an impact on people’s lives around the world. Some of the roles they're eager to fill are:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Chemist
  • Statistics and Data Analytic
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Machine Learning
  • Insights

So we caught up with 3M's recruiters to get insights on how you can stand out from the crowd. Here's what they said.

The data science field is an extremely important focus area:

Employees working in this area at 3M leverage data analytics and systems to drive new growth opportunities for 3M’s various businesses.

Applicants should have “domain” experience, including deep learning models, machine learning, computer vision and Artificial Intelligence. They should also have programming experience in Python, R, Matlab, C/C++, or Java.

Recruiter’s advice:

“For a data science resume, one important key to standing out is to articulately explain specific projects you were a part of. In these explanations, we want to see the goal of a project, the techniques used, the outcome that was derived, and ultimately the business/real world problems that can be solved with the technique. When possible, it is important to explain how your approach to a problem differed from existing or previously identified solutions. It is also important to outline technical competencies (i.e. programming languages, software applications, etc.) and to explain how and why you utilized specific technologies.”

3M is also always seeking Industrial Sales Representatives

As part of 3M’s Industrial and Safety Markets Center, this role offers aspiring 3M sales professionals the opportunity to represent a variety of highly-differentiated 3M solutions into industrial/manufacturing businesses. Industrial Sales Representatives at 3M will be able to join a leader in the industrial space, participate in a year-long training program to create “territory readiness,” and gain endless potential career opportunities.

Applicants should have three or more years of sales experience, an ability to work in a sales team environment and previous experience with Salesforce.com or other customer-relationship management tools.

Recruiters’ advice:

“When applying, ensure your contact information is complete (email, phone number) and that your resume highlights any specific skills called out in the description, to include relevant industrial sales experience.”

3M is always looking for Controls Systems Engineers in both entry-level roles and more experienced roles.

Employees in these roles will work in manufacturing locations across the U.S. and will get to travel about 30% of the time.

For this role, candidates should have experience working with machine control system design, and commissioning in a private, public, government or military environment. You should also have a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or Electrical Engineering Technology. Experience with Allen-Bradley and/or Siemens control systems and hardware is also preferred.

Recruiter’s advice:

“Make sure your resume is reflective of all your experiences, including education and additional training courses you might have been exposed to.”

No matter what job you apply to, research the company, role and read reviews on Glassdoor. Need more help? Check out Glassdoor’s How to Get a Job: A Job Seeker’s Toolkit, complete with the guides, worksheets and checklists you need to start your job search, craft a stellar resume, prepare for interviews and more. You can also watch a free recording of Glassdoor’s How to Get a Job Livestream to hear straight from the career and HR experts at Glassdoor, Facebook, Salesforce and Kaiser Permanente to learn how to stand out from the competition.

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