The University Career Center recognizes that as international students, you face a different set of challenges in your job search efforts than students who are citizens of the United States (U.S.).
For starters, you need to have a pretty clear goal as to whether you want to return to your home country or plan to work in the U.S. Common practices to work in your home country, for example, may include having the government, academic advisors or even family members greatly involved in finding jobs for you. On the other hand, if planning to remain in the U.S., it is largely your responsibility to find your own job, which is tied to complex and changing visa regulations. Keep in mind that for both of these two options, you may need a different timeline and process. Login to Careers4Terps to request an appointment and discuss these issues with a career advisor.
The U.S. Job Search
- Plan ahead!
- Work authorization rules will impact your timeline, so stay connected with the university’s Office of International Students and Scholar Services.
- Become knowledgeable of all the pieces involved in your job search – especially visa requirements - as you may be the best resource for informing recruiters of how you can fit into their process.
- Respond honestly about your immigration status and work authorization eligibility when asked by a recruiter.
- Do your research of organizations – some employers are legally restricted from hiring you.
- Identify a list of targeted organizations that do not have restrictions.
- Communication skills are important. Find opportunities to use your English-speaking skills through on-campus employment and in-class work experiences.
- Attend career and job fairs and enhance your communication skills while learning about various organizations.
- Have a plan “B,” that is – another option outside of the U.S. - in case your search for a U.S. job is not successful.
The International Job Search
- Identify international/home country organizations and tailor your resume according to the country’s standards.
- Maintain your networks in your home country. Keep in touch!
- Use www.LinkedIn.com for possible alum searches in your native country.
What You Bring to Any Organization:
- Ability to succeed in unfamiliar environments.
- Interpersonal skills.
- Cross-cultural experience and awareness.
- Adaptability/flexibility in adjusting to change.
- Language skills – usually more than two languages!
- Knowledge of business practices in other countries.
- Motivation – willingness to embrace overseas studies.
- Organizational skills – organizing your move to the U.S., including finances, housing, visas.
Campus Programs and Resources
The Center works closely with the University of Maryland’s International Students and Scholars Services Office (ISSS), as well as Engineering Career Services in the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Office of Career Services in the Robert H. Smith School of Business. We offer career development programming and networking events for international students throughout the school year. Past Career Center programs have included:
- On-campus Employment for International Students (panel discussion)
- “Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Employment in the United States” (workshop led by Dan Beaudry)
- Professional etiquette dinners
- GoinGlobal - Helps job and internship seekers find opportunities both at home and abroad. View the H1B section for a list of organizations that have sponsored visas by each state and major metro areas. Information also provided on: Employment outlook/industry trends • Work permit and visa regulations • Interview and cultural advice • Professional and social networking groups • Resume/CV guidelines and examples. Access via login to Careers4Terps on the Center’s website.
- www.MyVisaJobs.com - an information portal and online community for visa job hunters around the world. It identifies employment opportunities for foreign nationals who want to live in the U.S. and Canada and contains information on work authorizations, searching for jobs and industry information.
- www.Immihelp.com - a comprehensive resource of information about U.S. legal immigration, providing detailed information for visitors’ visas, student visas, green cards and more.