International Student Job Search Steps

PHASE I – EXPLORE EMPLOYMENT REGULATIONS

STEP 1


STEP 2

Explore international student employment types

  • Conduct research on international student employment options
  • Talk with International Student Advisor at International and Multicultural Programs
  • Complete CPT/OPT workshops

STEP 3

Understand the legal requirements

  • CPT and OPT application
  • How to get Social Security Number
  • E-Verify: Employment Verification
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
  • H-1B visa
  • Taxes and withholding

PHASE II – CONSIDER AMERICAN EMPLOYMENT SYSTEM

STEP 1

Get familiar with job search processes in the U.S.

  • Review job search steps in this guide
  • Talk with a Career Counselor
  • Examine common cultural barriers to the job search

Learn business etiquette

  • Research American business etiquette
  • Learn American work values

PHASE III – JOB SEARCH

STEP 1

Identify a specific career objective

  • Match your personality, skills, values and interests to career fields and job titles
  • Research your career field

STEP 2

Gain experience and develop career related skills

  • Join student clubs and organizations
  • Conduct job shadowing
  • Volunteer
  • Complete an Internship
  • Consider on-campus employment
  • Participate in extracurricular activities

STEP 3

Write an effective resume

  • Understand purpose of resume: to showcase your background, skills and accomplishments to get an interview
  • Learn American resume format
  • Improve your writing skills
  • Write an effective resume to support what you want to do. Be sure to list:
    • A clearly constructed summary
    • Education/certification
    • Relevant experience
    • Awards, honors
    • Leadership abilities
    • Multicultural background
  • Have your resume critiqued by Career Counselor
  • Have your resume proofread at the Writing Center

STEP 4

Research Preferred Employers

  • Identify employers in your field of interest
  • Consider companies that have a relationship with your home country and international companies
  • Target companies that previously hired international students

STEP 5

Network

  • Develop an introductory (“elevator”) speech
  • Join professional networking websites
    • Connect to key professionals in your field
  • Join a professional organization with your interests
    • Attend networking events
  • Conduct informational interviews
  • Follow up with each contact person

PHASE IV – INTERVIEW

STEP 1

Prepare for the interview

  • Research the legal requirements for OPT and H1B visa so you can educate the employer
  • Examine cross-cultural communication differences and non-verbal behaviors
  • Make a list of your achievements, strengths, and skills related to the job
  • Review practice interview questions and telephone scripts
  • Research the company and the job
  • Participate in a mock interview
  • Be ready to explain why hiring you will be advantageous
  • Research diversity and how it benefits the company

STEP 2

Participate in interviews

  • Conduct yourself in a professional manner (e.g., timing and attire)
  • Wait until after the initial screening to bring up visa status
  • Respond to visa questions clearly and confidently
  • Capitalize on selling points:
    • Multicultural competence
    • Adaptability and flexibility
    • Communication in multiple languages
  • Send a thank-you letter for every interview
  • Continue to follow up on every interview until position is filled

PHASE V - EVALUATING AND DECIDING ON AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT

STEP 1

Evaluate the Job Offer

Carefully evaluate the job offer based on type of work, location, salary, benefits, possibility for sponsorship

Negotiate salary/benefits