The Wasserman Center helps international students navigate the U.S. work environment and acclimate to American work culture through individual career coaching and specialized programs. Career resources for international studnets include tools to identify opportunities for career exploration and employment.
Clarify Your Career Goals. American employers seek candidates who are goal-directed and focused. Know what you want to do and be able to discuss your goals with employers.
Examine Issues of Cultural Differences. Cultural values reflect personal and lifestyle choices, cultural perspectives and how individuals relate to one another. As an international student pursuing employment opportunities in the U.S., closely examine inherent cultural values that could impact the effectiveness of your American job search.
Develop Well-Written Resumes and Cover Letters. Your resume and cover letter can determine how successful you are in attracting potential employers. Therefore, focus on your strengths and achievements. Highlight your multi-cultural background including work and educational experience and language skills. Information regarding your visa status need not be included in your cover letter or resume (you will have to decide what is best for your situation).
Network to Obtain Contacts in Your Field. Networking is a process through which we develop and maintain relationships with professionals in order to solicit information, advice and referrals which will facilitate the job search. It will be one of your most valuable job search tools. Maintain a list of people with whom you are in contact, including peers, relatives, professors , and past employers. This may open up many avenues for information that can lead to job openings. For more tips on networking, take advantage of our Job Networking Skills seminar.
Utilize Wasserman Center Resources. The Wasserman Center offers a wide range of services and resources to help you prepare for your job search.
Employers are interested in hearing about specific accomplishments and career goals. Elaborate on your achievements and focus on your strengths using examples from your past performance. American employers favor candidates who can demonstrate thorough knowledge of their career interests and of the organization.
The quality of the interview for an international student can also be affected by cultural variables, such as language proficiency, nonverbal communication style, body language, and overall appearance. Interviewees are expected to be well groomed, to be able to communicate self-confidence, goal-direction, flexibility, and independence. Speak directly and clearly. In addition, communicate your self-confidence with a firm handshake in the greeting and closing, and maintain eye contact during the interview.
Know your work permission guidelines and be able to discuss them confidently with the employer. However, keep the focus of the interview on your skills and qualifications.
For most students, a job interview is stressful enough. For international students, interviewing with American organizations, there is the added factor of how to discuss the visa status.
Apply only for positions that are available to individuals with foreign status. There are particular American companies, organizations, and government agencies that hire only United States citizens. Do not waste your or the employer's time pursuing positions with these organizations.
Be prepared and knowledgeable about your visa status before the interview. Know your eligibility and conditions under which you are permitted to work in the United States.
Respond to any questions regarding your visa in a direct, clear, and confident manner. If you are nervous or unsure, the employer will pick up on these signals and may not be able to stay focused on your skills and qualifications. Avoid excessive detail. This may give the impression that hiring you will be too complicated and confusing. Do not let the visa issue "take over" the interview. The purpose of a job interview is to demonstrate your skills and expertise related to the available position.
The decision to introduce your visa status and work issue is a personal and individual one. It is not required for you to bring up this topic. However, if the interviewer introduces the issue, address your visa status and work eligibility directly and confidently.
Visit OGS to learn more about employment related regulations that F-1 and J-1 international students are required to know, understand, and comply with while at NYU.
The Foreign Labor Certification Data Center allows you to search for specific companies and/or obtain a list of companies who have historically sponsored H1B Visas throughout the US.
MyVisaJobs.com allows you to view profiles of employers who have sponsored H1B visas and find your customized work visa solution.
GOINGLOBAL USA City Guides contain career and employment resources for the 40 largest metropolitan areas in the USA. Included in this database are: job search resources, employment outlook, professional networking groups, cost of living, major employer listings by industry sector, non-profits and volunteer opportunities. H1B employer listings are also listed for all 50 states! To access this tool, please log on to your NYU CareerNet > Resources.
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