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International Students and the Job Search, Part I

Anyone searching for an internship/co-op or job in today’s market faces tough competition and being an international student can add an extra level of difficulty.

Although the job hunt can be frustrating, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many international students who have secured internships or full-time positions while hosting career related events on campus. Based on my experience, I’d like to share a few common themes I’ve found to be true in student success stories:

Develop a well-written resume:

The resume will determine how successful you are in attracting potential employers – focus on your strengths and achievements! Check out the ECS resume template for international students.

Don’t put your eggs all in one basket:

In other words, do not place ALL your time, energy, and effort into studying and getting that 4.0 GPA. Take some time outside of classes to speak with people who are working … 

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Advice for International Students Seeking Employment

ECS held its first international student panel on Monday, November 4, 2013. Over 70 students and staff attended to learn about successful internship and job search stories from students representing several different countries, majors, and industries within engineering.

Panelists were asked to give job search advice to international students in the audience. All panelists shared the same message – job searching takes time, effort, and persistence. It’s not unusual to for a job seeker to apply for a handful of positions and not hear anything! Maximize your chances of securing industry experience by taking advantage of the panelists’ advice in the following areas:

Resume Quality

Your resume is what opens the door to a job interview! Think quality over quantity. Applying to 50 jobs will not increase your chances of securing an interview if your resume content or format is poor. Be sure to tailor your resume to the specific … 

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International Students' Job Search Success Stories

Are you an international student looking to secure an internship or full - time employment in the US? International students face certain challenges and restrictions throughout the job hunt. Maximize your chances of securing industry experience by taking advantage of networking opportunities that allow you to gain helpful advice and suggestions. 

Hear from a panel of international, engineering students who successfully found internships and career employment in the US at companies such as IBM, Goldman Sachs, and Cummins Inc. Join us on Monday, November 4th at 7:30PM in 014 University Hall to learn about panelists’ experiences and tips for finding a position!

Various topics will be discussed that are aimed towards improving your job search success:

  • Understanding the basics of successfully applying and interviewing for positions in the US
  • Developing applicable skills that employers seek
  • Building a network of contacts
  • Utilizing effective job search resources

The event … 

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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 … 

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Resume Tips for International Students

Today's post is written by ECS Career Advisor, Kaitlin Schafer, who advises intern, co-op, and full-time employment seeking students.

A well prepared-resume is critical to landing an interview. Ensure your format fits U.S. standards by being aware of the following differences:

U.S. Resume 

  • Highlights achievements, academic background, and work experience related to desired work position
  • One page in length per degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD)
  • Does not include TOEFL score, photo, marital status, age, race, gender, or religion (employers are not allowed to base hiring decisions on these qualities)

International Resume          

  • Provides extensive chronological details regarding academic and work experience
  • Multiple pages in length
  • May include photo, marital status, age, race, etc.       

Additional Tips
See the resume sample for an international student below.

International Student Resume

Employers are concerned about verbal and written communication skills. They may assume that an international … 

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