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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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