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Resources for International Students

There are some specific strategies that you can use to prepare for your job search in the United States and your home country. Finding employment can be difficult for anyone, so it is important to be proactive and plan ahead. If you are an international student seeking employment, consider utilizing the following resources:

Going Global
Going Global offers more than 16 million worldwide job/internship listings which are updated daily. The Job Postings and Internship Listings feature allows you to locate companies operating in both the US and in your home country. In some cases, international students receive their practical training in the U.S. and then return to their home country to work for a U.S. employer. Because you have language and intercultural skills to offer these companies, you may be considered an ideal candidate for one of their available career opportunities.

The Going Global database also contains state, metro and US-wide H-1B records gathered directly from the US Department of Labor (DOL), the government agency responsible for all H-1B submissions.

To access this resource, log in to your ECS job search account and click the “Going Global” tab on the left-hand side of the home page.

MyVisaJobs
MyVisaJobs.com is an information portal and online community for visa job hunters around the world. Its major service includes annual and quarterly Reports for H-1B Visa and Green Card.

By selecting 2012 H-1B Report on the home page, you can view the top 12 H-1B Visa sponsors in fiscal year 2012. For example, the first record on this report means that Infosys Limited filed 15,810 Labor Condition Applications (LCA) for H-1B Visa in fiscal year 2012. The average salary of those job offers is $75,062. Consider targeting companies with greater LCA numbers during your job search because they may be more open to hiring international students in the future.

Be prepared and knowledgeable about your visa status before an interview! You should be comfortable with explaining visa options to an employer. It will be your job to sell yourself as an ideal candidate! Believe it or not, some employers dismiss talented international students due to their lack of information about work visas. If you are unsure of your eligibility or conditions under which you are permitted to work in the United States, visit the Office of International Affairs.

OIA Walk-in hours: Monday through Thursday, 1-4PM in 100 Oxley Hall.

Additional Resources:

H1base.com – This site provides latest news, statistics, trends, and resources for US immigration, Visas, working in America, and much more.

LinkedIn.com/jobs – The Jobs feature within LinkedIn allows you to find both US and international engineering job openings.

English Conversation Partners Program -This OSU program is an opportunity for international students to practice English communication skills and learn about U.S. culture.

As you move forward with your job search, remember that ECS is available to assist you!

“You cannot afford to wait for perfect conditions. Goal setting is often a matter of balancing timing against available resources. Opportunities are easily lost while waiting for perfect conditions.”
-Gary Ryan Blair

About the author

Kaitlin Schafer

Kaitlin Schafer is a Career Counselor at Engineering Career Services.