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

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 Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • 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.
For Machine Learning/Machine Vision/Data Science/Artificial Intelligence roles:
  • 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.
  • The Data Science field is an extremely important focus area for many 3M initiatives.  The overall goal is to leverage data analytics and systems to drive new growth opportunities for 3M’s various businesses.
  • The various disciplines in Data Science provide opportunities for 3M to really live their vision of “Technology advancing every company, products enhancing every home, and innovation improving every life:”
      • Machine learning is an integral part of 3M’s advancement in predictive analytics, computer vision, information extraction, and 3D digitization/modeling.
      • Data analytics enables 3M to leverage statistical and computer science techniques to extract information from 3M’s extensive big data pools and transform it into actionable results.
      • Computer vision allows 3M to develop and implement CV algorithms and software applications that leverage special characteristics of 3M materials to generate new system-based solutions and business opportunities.
      • 3D analysis techniques help with data-driven design of new products.
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.”
For Industrial Sales Representatives roles:
  • 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. 
  • Additionally, we are ideally looking for individuals with three or more years of sales experience, an ability to work in a sales team environment and previous experience with or other customer-relationship management tools.
  • If you are interested in joining a leader in the industrial space, participating in a year-long training program to create “territory readiness,” gaining endless potential career opportunities AND are willing to relocate to any territory in the US…this is a great opportunity for you!  
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.”
For Controls System Engineer roles:
  • For this area, we have entry-level opportunities as well as senior, more experienced roles available. These roles are located in St. Paul, Minnesota, for the most part, but positions are also available in manufacturing locations across the United States, with some opening globally in the future. You will travel up to 30% both domestically and internationally in these roles.  
  • For this role, we look for candidates who have experience working with machine control system design, and commissioning in a private, public, government or military environment. We prefer that you 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 you resume is reflective of all your experiences, including education and additional training courses you might have been exposed to.”