Preparing for the Job Search
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.