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Employer Insights for Navigating the Job Search as an International Student

Rukaiya standing under a Tesla Gigafactory 1 sign.Rukaiya Tunkiwala, M.S. Industrial Engineering, December 2018

This blog entry is the last installment in a series addressing specific job search considerations for underrepresented and diverse candidates. We recognize that identities are intersectional and that identity markers do not exist independently of each other, and we offer this information to those who would like to apply it in their job search. Today’s blog is written by Rukaiya Tunkiwala, 2018 M.S. Industrial Engineering graduate and full-time Industrial Engineer with Tesla.

Tell us about your role at your most recent position:

I was an Industrial Engineering Intern for Tesla at Gigafactory 1 in Reno, Nevada. My responsibilities included designing a warehouse for hazardous materials and space and flow allocations for future assembly lines. I am now heading back to Tesla, full time, as an Industrial Engineer and will be responsible for high level decision making regarding space allocation, factory layout … 

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International Student Success Stories, featuring Ishan Mann

Today's blog features an Ohio State international engineering student who has been successful in their job search. Ishan Mann is a May 2018 B.S. Mechanical Engineering student. Ishan’s most recent internship was at Illinois Tool Works.

Ishan Mann headshotIshan Mann, Illinois Tool Works

Tell us about your role at your most recent position:  

I worked as a Mechanical Engineering Intern in the Welding Division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW). I worked in the maintenance department and hence most of my work was to maintain the machines that produce and pack welding wires and work towards reducing downtime by incorporating a Preventive Maintenance (PM) schedule. 

What resources did you use during your internship/job search?

I used Engineering Career Services a lot during my job search. I would go to ECS to get my resume reviewed before the career fairs. In addition, attending the career fair helped me land many interviews (TIP … 

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"Not Qualified" – You're Kidding Me, Right?

 

It can be frustrating when a CareerEngine job posting seems to be a perfect fit but you get the annoying brown oval telling you otherwise. This blog article will cover the reasons (and solutions, if applicable) for a non-qualifying status.

When perusing job postings on CareerEngine, clicking on the title of the job will take you to a page with details of the position, including why it is you don’t qualify. Look on the right sidebar of that page for a section titled “Application Status.” There it will have one (or more) of the following error messages.

  • You do not match the desired Applicant Type for this position:  This is the most common error and occurs for one of two reasons. The first reason is that you haven’t activated your SAL. Go to the news feed on the homepage of CareerEngine, look for the red key, and follow … 
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International Students--Have Parallel Job Search Plans

Searching for internships and full time jobs in the US as an international student can be competitive and difficult. ECS advises all students to maximize the job search by laying out a parallel plan. What exactly is a parallel plan? It’s a way of making progress in two different career objectives, for example, two locations of interest, so if one doesn’t work out, you haven’t fallen behind in the search. Setting up a parallel job search plan keeps you on track in case it needs to become your main plan.

If your goal is to find an internship or full-time position in the US, be persistent and devote multiple hours per week to your search. Your search should involve submitting applications, signing up for employer information sessions, networking with contacts, attending career fairs, as well as ECS workshops. While you search for positions in the US, be sure to pursue … 

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International Student Success Stories, featuring Md Fahad

Today's blog features an OSU international engineering student who has been successful in their job search.  Md Fahad is a 2017 BS Mechanical Engineering student. His most recent internship was at Meritor Automotive.  
  Md Fahad at Meritor AutomotiveMd Fahad at Meritor Automotive

Tell us about your role at your most recent position:  

In summer 2016, I worked as a Manufacturing Engineering Intern at Meritor Automotive in Asheville, North Carolina. Meritor is a Fortune 500 company which manufactures gears, axles and brake components for Volvo, Diamler. My main responsibility was to solve the gear noise issue using the six sigma process and to collaborate with gearing, CNC engineers, and materials engineers on this project. I also designed fixtures for the CMM machine using AutoCAD.

What resources did you use during your internship/job search? 

Engineering Career Services (ECS) helped me a lot throughout my internship search. The ECS advisors reviewed my resume several times and provided constructive feedback … 

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