The goal to start a career in the U.S. after graduation is true for many international students. However, apart from the basic hurdles of finding a job, international students face more unique challenges when it comes to the job search process. We are hoping to give you some valuable tips to consider before and while applying for jobs.
The perception and worries of most employers:
- Need for sponsorship to obtain a visa
- Hiring international student is costly and time consuming
- Fear of students leaving after 6 months or one year
- Worry of poor English skill
Whether these attitudes are valid or not, does not matter. The truth is, that unfortunately many employers will choose native Americans over students from abroad. However, there are many companies that do hire international students and it is possible to land a great job and start a career in the U.S. Here is a list of 200 companies that received the most H-1B visa petition approvals in 2007.
Knowing that there are jobs waiting for you out there, you will now have to prepare well and work hard to get your dream job!
- Start early: This advice is valid for any student, but especially so for international students. It will take you longer to find a job with a company that does sponsor employees who need work visas, hence the sooner you start, the better your chances!
- Know the rules and regulations: Become an expert on your situation. The more you know about the visas you need, the different possibilities, deadlines, costs, the more prepared and confident you will feel when applying for jobs.
- Take advantage of career services: Check out your school’s career service. They are likely to have a lot of experience with dealing with international students and will be able to help you. Try setting up a meeting with a career coach and discuss your specific situation and goals. Make sure you attend career fairs and talk to the recruiters, build relationships and follow up with them for potential interviews.
- Network: We cannot emphasize this enough. Around 70% of jobs are getting filled through solid connections. Take advantage of your college community and talk to alumni groups who have gone through the same processes. Build relationships with your professors and even parents of American friends. For more tips on networking in college read this related post.
- Stay positive and be persistent: Spending a lot of time trying to get a job and seeing no results can be very frustrating and demoralizing. Make sure you do not give up and get your dream job with a few vital steps. Smiling and being positive about your abilities will show confidence and will want to make employers invest in you.
- Get an internship: Internships are a great way to get your foot in the door. Companies are also likely to hire people they have had a chance to train and see their abilities. For more information on how to get an internship, follow this link.
Are you an international student who has successfully gotten a job in the U.S. after college? Please share your tips and advice in the comments below!