International Students & the Job Search
There are both legal and cultural barriers involved in international students’ job searches. Visas and work authorization processes can be complicated, and the cultural differences in resumes, interviews and networking can be unsettling.
We can help.
International Student Career Success Checklist
Many employers are not aware of U.S. Visa policy. Being able to explain these requirements can help them understand the process and make it easier for them to hire you. International Student & Scholar Services Website and workshops can give you this knowledge.
Even if you’re not sure what questions to ask, your Career Coach can help you get started and give you resources to be successful. To make an appointment, stop by SFEBB 1120, or call 801-587-8687, or click here.
The ability to speak and write English well is a top requirement for most employers. Here are some suggestions for practice:
- Class participation, presentations, and case competitions
- Conversations with native English-speaking friends
- Utilize campus English for Academic Success Classes (EAS) and the U of U Writing Center
- Involvement with Student Clubs & Organizations
- Conversations and practice interviews with your Career Coach
- Learn why “small talk” is important in your U.S. job search and how to do it Improve Your American Small Talk – Globalmingleparty.com
Asking for advice and information from professionals will help you explore careers and identify opportunities. If you’re nervous about reaching out to contacts, your Career Coach can assist you. Consider these networking opportunities:
- Campus-sponsored Company Information Sessions
- Career Fairs
- Informational Interviews
- Create a strong LinkedIn profile and use resources to engage employers
- Join a professional trade or industry, and student associations
When faced with a setback, analyze and modify your strategy, seek feedback, stay positive, and don’t give up.
Need help? Make an appointment with your Career Coach.
- International Student & Scholar Services in the Union Building has excellent resources for job searching and details regarding CPT (Curricular Practical Training) and OPT (Optional Practical Training).
- Learn about Business Student Internship program (BUS 5880) for an off-campus internship through a CPT visa.
- Use Handshake to research H1-B employers.