- Positions in the U.S. that require a great deal of contact with others will make it imperative for you to ensure that your spoken English is clear.
- Gaining work experience in addition to your degree makes you more marketable; however, OPT can be extremely useful after graduation. Try to take advantage of opportunities on campus that will not require it.
- Your resume and cover letter may be one method employers will use to assess your English so be sure to have your materials reviewed to ensure they are appropriate.
- Learn everything you can about what is required for your work authorization. The more you know the better prepared you will be to inform the employer.
- Check industry trends to determine occupations in need of international students.
Career Services can be a valuable resource in your job search. Be aware, however, that some employers using the career center will not interview students who are not U.S. citizens. Though this may limit your ability to participate in some campus interviews, there are numerous ways to benefit from the campus career center.
- Attend sessions on job search strategies and related topics.
- Work with the career services staff to develop your job search strategy.
- Attend campus career fairs and company information sessions to inquire about employment opportunities and to practice your networking skills.
- It’s a good idea to get advice from other international students who have successfully found employment in this country and to start your job search early. Create and follow a detailed plan of action that will lead you to a great job you can write home about.