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Job Search Tips for International Students

International students seeking full-time employment in the U.S. often find their job search more challenging than they expected. Here are some tips to help you be more successful in your job search:

  1. Know when you can work. This means understanding the legal terms and limitations of your work authorization well enough to explain it to a potential employer. Not being educated about these terms and limitations will seriously impair your job search. It's a good idea to meet with OIA (the Office of International Affairs) to make sure you have a clear understanding of your ability to work in the U.S.

  2. Take a strategic approach and focus on the opportunities that you can apply for. Create a search agent in your ECS job search account for "Job Listings". Don't apply for opportunities if the job description says, "U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required" or "must be able to obtain a security clearance". It's a waste of your time, the employer will be annoyed, and it reflects negatively on the college and career services.

  3. Search jobs based on "Interviews I Qualify For" as the search criteria. Instead of sifting through a lot of interview schedules that you can't apply for, you'll be able to see if there are any schedules that you can apply for.

  4. Your language skills and cultural familiarity could be of interest to companies that have international operations in your home country and companies from your home country that do business in the U.S. Check out the "International Resources" section on the ECS homepage.

  5. Think about the practical application of the knowledge and experience you have worked so hard to acquire. What industries or specific companies would be interested in it? Target your job search to those companies.



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-Rene Descartes




Authored by Kathy Weaver.