The University Career Center recognizes that as an international student, 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 Handshake to request an appointment and discuss these issues with a career advisor.
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.
Top Career-Related Tips:
- Plan ahead! Work authorization rules will impact your timeline.
- Become knowledgeable of all the pieces involved in your job search – especially visa requirements; 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.Maintain your networks in your home country.
- Use online resources, such as these, to increase your knowledge of job search tips:
- National Park Service, International Affairs Office -volunteers