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Special H-1B Visa event next week!

Are you an international student looking for full-time positions in the US over the next 1-2 years? When seeking employment in the US, it’s important to learn about the immigration laws and regulations that affect your employment eligibility. By becoming knowledgeable of these regulations, you will be more prepared to discuss your options with a potential employer.

An experienced immigration lawyer from the law firm of McCandlish Holton will be facilitating an H-1B Visa Workshop for graduating international students. This event is hosted by Engineering Career Services, Arts & Sciences Career Services, Buckeye Careers and Fisher Career Management, with support from Buckeye Career Club.  Attending this event will be the first step in designing an effective strategy for competing in the US job market after graduation.

Mr. Rhoads will focus on work visa options for international students after graduation, including Optional Practical Training (OPT) and primarily H-1B. He will offer … 

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Check out the International Virtual Career Fair!

Looking for an internship, co-op or job abroad and want to do it from the comfort of your home? Then take advantage of the International Virtual Career Fair Nov 7th and 8th!  This International virtual career fair is open to all students who attend Big 10+ schools. 

October 8 – November 8, 2012
Post your Resume and Apply to Positions

You can post your resume now through November 8th and apply to positions.  Come into ECS for walk-ins Monday - Thursday if you need help with your resume.

November 7 – 8, 2012
Participate in Live Virtual Chats with Employers

Chat with companies such as Apple, Intel, INVISTA, MathWorks, Standard Chartered, Stryker and more! Access our Student Handbook for interviewing tips which will be great preparation for online chatting with an employer.

What students have said about the IVCF:

“It’s easy!”
“The turnaround time is … 
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Going Global Guide - for both your International AND Domestic Job Search

ECS has recently added Going Global as a new job search resource for students. For those who have considered working abroad and are unsure of where to start, Going Global is a fantastic resource for information about individual countries. Those looking to move to a larger U.S. city will also find practical information that may help with the decision-making process. Lastly, Going Global helps international students identify US employers and actual job postings that are open on work authorization.

Here are some specific features Going Global offers that you can utilize for your individual search:

- Country Career Guides: This link provides a list of countries for you to select from. Each Country’s link provides Job Search Resources (including a Job Search Overview, Online Job Sites, and Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements), Industry and Employment Trends (featuring a specific link for Engineering), Top Companies, Financial Considerations, Work Permits and … 

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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 … 
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International Students: Know When You Can Work

International students: If an employer asked you the following questions, would you be prepared?

• “When can you start to work?”
• “Are you authorized to work in the U.S.?”

Not only will you be asked these questions by a recruiter, but you may also have to answer them when completing an online application. You should know your employment options so that you can answer these questions with confidence.

If you are currently on F-1 Visa, you can legally work prior to graduation using Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for internships or after graduation using Optional Practical Training (OPT) for career employment. CPT allows students to work as interns prior to graduation – but only for one quarter per year and only if the work is directly related to their major field. OPT allows students to work in their major field for 12 months following graduation. If an employer … 

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