Working at 3M
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find a list of employment opportunities at 3M?
3M posts current job openings on 3m.ca. Visit the "Careers" home page and use the Start Your Job Search Here feature. You can follow us on twitter @3MCanadaCareers for more employment opportunities.
I want to learn more about 3M before I apply for a job. Where can I find information on a specific market group or product?
Visit 3m.ca. "Our Company" "Products and Services" and "Technologies" are three of the main categories that can provide this information.
What is the hiring process?
View the Application Process page.
How do I get the contact information of the hiring manager for the job I am interested in?
It is 3M policy not to give contact information to external applicants. If, after you apply, it is determined that your skills and abilities match our hiring needs, you will be contacted directly for an interview.
I am interested in a coop or internship position, where do I apply?
3M hosts intern and coop students in a variety of disciplines and studies. Our coop program is not formalized to specific positions or schools; instead, 3M creates temporary opportunities as our business need for resources changes. Where we do have a coop or intern requirement, we will post our opportunity at the Career Centre or Coop office of your Canadian Post-Secondary Institution along with application instructions. We invite you to apply to these positions via your school's coop application process
I am interested in a summer employment opportunity at 3M Canada, how do I apply?
As part of our commitment to our employees and their families, 3M Canada reserves most summer positions for dependants of 3M employees. 3M does periodically host intern and coop students when our business requirements demand a temporary resource. When coop and intern opportunities arise, we will post our position at the Career Centre or Coop office of your Canadian Post-Secondary Institution along with application instructions. We invite you to apply to these positions via your school's coop application process.
I'm interested in a specific job at 3M, but how can I determine the salary range of the position?
You would discuss the specifics of the salary for each position with the Human Resources representative or hiring manager. Our compensation and benefits plans are based on national benchmarking studies to ensure that they are competitive. Our salaries are based on the market value of the position and take into consideration an applicant’s experience and education.
How can I learn when new job opportunities become available?
You can review current opportunities on our Job Search page, and by using "My Account Options", you can request to be notified via e-mail about opportunities that match your defined profile criteria. You can also follow us on twitter @3MCanadaCareers for instant updates on job opportunities and much more.
How do I create or update my Career Profile?
Click "Access My Profile" on the lower right corner of the Job search page to create or modify your Career Profile. The Career Profile captures your areas of interest, education, and salary expectations. By creating a Career Profile, your resume/CV and job preferences will be entered into our extensive proprietary talent database and be available to our recruiters.
When establishing your Career Profile, you may select to receive e-mail notifications of new opportunities. To do this, go to the job search page and click on My Account Options then check the appropriate box within the Correspondence section. If you select to receive notifications, you will receive an e-mail whenever new opportunities become available that match the interests and preferences in your Career Profile. In each notification, a link will be provided to take you to the specific job posting, where you will have the opportunity to apply.
After completing your Career Profile, you will receive an e-mail stating that your Career Profile was received.
How much time do I have to respond to a notification I receive about an opportunity?
Posting periods vary and depend on a number of factors, including the type or location of a position and/or the hiring manager’s timeframe to fill it. Because of the high volume of candidates who typically apply to posted positions, we recommend you respond quickly if you have an interest in a position.
I completed my Career Profile and subscribed to automatic notifications. When will I be notified about opportunities?
You will be notified about new opportunities within 24 hours of when they are posted on our career site, as long as they reflect the interests and preferences you indicated in your Career Profile.
If you did not subscribe to automatic notifications and you wish to activate this feature, log in and click on My Account Options link at the top of the Job search page. Then check the appropriate box within the Correspondence section. If you elect not to receive notifications, you will then need to manually visit our Careers Web site to view new opportunities.
Why should I take the time to fill out a profile, when I can attach my resume?
Our online application process streamlines your candidate experience and will make your skills and qualifications more readily searchable to multiple recruiters within 3M. We believe our online application process will save you time by allowing you to easily update your personal and employment information, as well as applying your profile information to multiple positions. Our online application process allows you to:
- Create a personal profile, including your contact information, skills and qualifications and electronic resume
- Search and apply for available positions
- Update your profile information as needed
- Request to be notified via e-mail of new employment opportunities that match specific criteria you define in your profile
Please visit the profile section today to submit your profile.
I do not want to be considered for opportunities at this time. How can my information be removed from the database?
Tell us in an e-mail by logging into your account from the Job search page and clicking on the "My Account Options" link at the top of the page. Under the "To withdraw your candidate profile" section on the right side of the page, click the "click here" link. In the subject line of the message, specify "Removal of Resume/CV".
In the body of the e-mail, provide your full name and the User Name under which your Career Profile is registered. Please note: When you withdraw your candidate profile, any active applications will also be withdrawn and you will receive no further communications from the 3M Career site. Also, if you have profiles set up under multiple User Names, you must list all the User Names to have all profiles removed.
You will receive an e-mail to confirm that your resume/CV and contact information have been removed from our database.
Can I drop off my resume at a 3M location, mail it, or fax it to you?
No, all applicants for non-production positions must submit an application on-line.
How do I know that 3M received my resume? Should I call or email to confirm?
You do not need to call or email us to confirm that we received your application. You will be notified via email that your resume was successfully submitted.
How do I know if I am eligible to apply for 3M jobs in other countries?
From the "Careers" home page, click "Search Globally" and select the country in which you are interested. The job postings on that country site will specify applicant requirements. Please note that when applying for a job outside of your home country that your application is governed by that country's legal requirements.
How can I check the status of my application?
From the 3m.ca "Careers" Job Search page, sign in as a returning applicant and click "View Application Status." It is not necessary to contact 3M. If your skills and abilities match our hiring needs, you will be contacted directly for an interview.
How do I change my contact information or resume once I have submitted it?
Once you have created a profile, you may change your personal information or update your resume as needed. Simply click on “Access My Profile” from the Job search page, accept the Privacy statement, enter your user id/password and make the necessary changes. Your information will be updated immediately.
I have submitted an application but have not heard back on my candidacy for a specific position, how do I follow up?
Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot provide a personal response to each applicant. You do have the option to log into the 3M careers site and check the status of your application online.
I am having trouble logging into the site, or I cannot complete my application. What should I do?
Send an email via the Contact Us link with your name and email address you have been using at the site.
I forgot my password. How do I log in to your site?
From the Applicant Home page, scroll down to the bottom and enter your email address in the appropriate field. Then, click on "I Forgot My Password." You will be emailed a new password to log in to the site.
I forgot my user name. How do I log in to your site?
From the Applicant Home page, scroll down to the bottom and select the “Forgot you user name?” link. Enter your email address or addresses that may have been used to create your account until a user name has been retrieved. If a user name cannot be found with your email address you should create a new account.
My account is locked. How do I unlock my account?
Your account will lock after three unsuccessful access attempts. To unlock your account please wait 10 minutes from your last attempt and then select the “I Forgot My Password” link on the sign on page. The link will request your user name and email address.
If I leave my computer before completing an application, will my session time-out?
For security purposes, our system will automatically time-out after 30 minutes of inactivity. We do not have a "save for later" function that allows you to pick up where you left off in the application process. Your information will only save after you successfully submit a resume to our site either for general consideration or for a specific job opportunity.