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All college graduates find it challenging to locate a suitable job that utilizes their values, skills and personality. International students aspiring to work in the United States should develop an internship or job search strategic plan with an understanding of the intended market as well as regulations regarding visa status, U.S. job search practices and cultural differences.
United States law provides several ways for employers to hire international college graduates. It is each candidate’s responsibility to understand/comply with the parameters of visa status. Not only is this essential information to have as you determine goals for employment, but you will have to clearly and accurately explain your status to most employers during the search or interview process. For more information contact the Northwest Intercultural and International Center.
Explore your career interests and clarify your goals:
Career Services provide students with a platform to develop career related decision making processes through events, web resources, videos and services. It is important to create and organize your individual job/internship search. Additionally you should create a “back up” plan to be used if necessary as a contingency plan.
Create an Americanized resume if you are looking for an internship or job in the U.S. :
Be strategic, organize and begin your search:
Plan for a strategic approach:
Step 1: Always check for application deadlines and follow all instructions.
Step 2: Where can I look? Complete your Hire A Bearcat profile on-line and upload your resume. See internships, jobs, from multiple university websites.
Step 3: Career events can connect you with employers. Career Days, and "Mock" Interview Days are available through Career Services. Look at company websites, employment sites, other universities; career related websites, and Chamber of Commerce sites for the cities of your choice.
Step 4: Use your favorite search engine and surf the Web: Use a search criterion that aligns what you are looking for with where. Example: technology companies in (or and) Boston. Use the Web wisely.
Step 5: Make contact- write polite and professional correspondence and applications.
Step 6: Email etiquette- be sure to use correct business form, capitalization; proofread and spellcheck all correspondence with employers.
Step 7: Persistence and follow-up - follow-up each letter or contact with a phone call or email. This increases your success, but can be frustrating when employers are not available to speak with you. Follow-up within 2 weeks. Thank employers for their time and consideration.
Step 8: Always be sure to prepare for interviews. Read/research the company and industry. Practice your interview skills. Consult our website, videos, and handouts.
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Why do employers hire international students?
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International students should contact the International Intercultural Office(IIC) before seeking any form of employment (paid or unpaid) whether as a student or in preparation for graduation so that you are aware and knowledgeable of all applicable visa restrictions, requirements and deadlines. Remember it is your responsibility to connect with the IIC to obtain the most current information as the rules are constantly changing.