Most international students and alumni desire to find a career in the United States for a myriad of reasons – salary, benefits, cultural landscape of the melting pot of the U.S., a grandiose opportunity, “the next chapter of life” and more.
On Thursday November 15 there will be a presentation that will provide different strategies and tips for tackling the job search process, as well as how to approach and apply to employers that are international talent-friendly. It will take place in College of Business Room 127 on the Daytona Beach campus from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Here is what will be discussed:
Recognizing and knowing the individual’s values and options
Location-bound may be a factor in the job search. Do you want to be close to family and friends? Do you want to be in a large, urban city, a mid-sized, a small one, or somewhere in between? It is vital to recognize and assess your values, your progress in life, and where you want to be long-term both professionally and socially. Make a list of international talent-friendly companies and determine if each is a good match for your skills, values sand career goals.
Being cognizant of possible complexities
Some employers have limited knowledge about the different visas and statuses of international students. Some may not hire because of the nature of their company’s work, finances or it can be a time-consuming process. It is important to be aware of those obstacles. Be prepared to stay positive and explain the hiring-of-an-international process to a potential employer.
Navigating the job market to the fullest
Seek out opportunities through connections, campus jobs, volunteer opportunities, researching different companies and job portals. Attend company information sessions and tables in-person. Look on companies’ websites to gain knowledge about their projects, mission and vision statements. What buzz words or key phrases do they use? What are the particular company’s values?
One of the most important elements that doesn’t get as much recognition or appreciation. You may have applied online with your resume, and your name is in the system, but it goes a longer distance when you meet the representative in-person. Take the time to come out to a meet-and-greet or an employer info table or info session. Go out to career fairs. Visit employers at their location if possible. Continue to be persistent and stay proactive.
What employers look for and how to stand out
Employers look for the best candidates because they can do so, so aim to be the most holistic candidate. Be well-rounded by dedicating your time and effort to get involved in clubs and organizations, becoming a team lead of a project, volunteering and other outside-of-academics-activities. When meeting them in person at a career fair, develop and practice your elevator pitch. Follow up on applications through emails, snail mail and LinkedIn connection requests.
Ethical responsibilities and behavior
Market yourself in a positive manner. Be cognizant that you represent yourself, your family, your institution and your country. Get to know the U.S. work culture, the specific company culture and expectations of professional behavior.
Resources and links
GoinGlobal is an excellent resource that students can use to see which employers issued an H1B visa recently. The Aviation Weekly Intelligence Network is another tool that allows you to search for employers by different industry areas. Our own Career Services website has an area dedicated to the international student job search.
Close to the end there will be a representative from International Student & Scholar Services who will describe what Optional Practical Training (OPT) is and the process for it.
As always, be sure to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Career Services program manager (if applicable) about the job hunt process for the international candidate. After all, each person and their situation is unique and circumstantial.
A graduate of the University of Florida and master’s graduate of University of Central Florida, Tommey Liang is a program manager for aerospace engineering and computational mathematics students at Career Services – Daytona Beach. He enjoys anime, videos games and spending time with his partner. Feel free to connect with him on social media: Twitter | Instagram