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Introducing the International Student Job Search EGuide

From understanding work authorization to cultural norms, the job search can be difficult to navigate as an international student. That is why Engineering Career Services created the International Student Job Search EGuide located in Handshake under “Career Center” > “Resources”. Gather advice from start to finish as you pursue your career goals (bonus: the Eguide will be upgraded to a more visual, user-friendly version this spring). Here are a few sections to expect as you read through the guide:

Work Authorization Options

Learn the difference between work authorization types including OPT, CPT, H-1B Visa and J-1, along with the restrictions associated with each one.

Networking Tips

Practice networking strategies to build connections and confidence. Learn about programs such as the English Conversation Program and Global Engagement, offering an introduction to building relationships on campus.

Strategies for the U.S. Job Market

Develop a plan to create your resume, discover … 

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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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