Job Search Strategies
Understanding visa regulations and cultural differences in the U.S. can take some of the challenge out of a U.S. job and internship search. Here are some helpful steps that may make your search easier:
1. Learn About Your Visa Status and Work Options
Learn about different visas and their regulations to explore your off-campus work options to them. U.S. employers may not be familiar with hiring international workers, so you need to be able to clearly communicate your work options. Office of International Students and Scholars can answer specific questions.
2. Check Career Resources
The Career Development Center develops and updates resources regularly to help with resume and cover letter writing, interviewing and networking among other topics. Our website is extensive and can help with every stage in your job search journey. Feel free to make appointments with our career counselors for assistance and to discuss your options. Subscribe to our newsletters, connect on social media, and check our Events page for updates on career-related seminars and workshops.
3. Research International Employee Friendly Employers
The Career Development Center offers GoinGlobal to all St. Thomas students. This unique database contains country-specific career and employment resources for more than 90 countries and has an extensive H1B visa database of employers who have filed Labor Condition Applications (LCA) in the past. Also, take full advantage of our Job portal - TommieCareers by uploading your resume for employers to view.
Some other useful websites/resources :
- Employees that have recruited St. Thomas International students in the past.
- Work in Britain - http://www.bunac.org/
- Canada Job search engine - www.wowjobs.ca
4. Have a Backup Plan
Expand your opportunities by applying for positions throughout the U.S. and in your home country (or perhaps a third country too). Explore where your education and experiences are in demand and be open to options you previously hadn’t considered! GoinGlobal can be helpful here again.