International Students

We care about your career success. If you are an international student searching for job opportunities outside of your home country, you’ll need more than a solid GPA—learn to adapt to your new culture and adopt a new search strategy. For success in the United States, you’ll need to demonstrate a variety of strengths to help you stand out from your peers:

Communication skills are key

Many American employers may be reluctant to hire non-U.S. citizens so strong speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills are essential to overcoming this obstacle. Insufficient oral or written English language proficiency may jeopardize your job prospects. Also a lack of understanding cultural norms can undercut your attempt to attain a job in the U.S. To improve and perfect your communication skills, step out of your comfort zone and practice your language skills at every opportunity — get involved in activities or volunteer in the community.

Plan ahead and focus

After exploring your career options, identify your desired career path and plan ahead for success. Attend career events and employer on-campus recruiting events. Troy University’s International Programs can provide you with the basic understanding of work authorization guidelines on campus as well as off-campus internships, OPT and CPT.

MyVisaJobs is a free resource with information on work authorization (such as H-1B and student visas) and provides databases for finding companies that have requested H-1B visas each year.

Know your competitive skill set

Before you begin your job search in the U.S., reflect on your employable skills and realize many U.S. employers value both job-specific and other “soft” skills that may have been developed from other jobs or experiences. Think about your unique experiences such as academic, employment, volunteering, leadership, athletics, etc. and ready yourself with examples of how you have developed, applied or demonstrated those skills. Don’t broach the topic of your international student status as a negative, instead frame cultural and language qualities into your resume and the conversations you have with recruiters in a positive way. After doing this evaluation, target companies that are willing to sponsor your visa and can use your unique skill set.

Networking in the U.S. | Be Proactive

Approximately 75% of job opportunities are found by networking. The purpose of networking is to build meaning relationships with people in careers, industries and organizations that interest you. This will provide you with a variety of information which will be useful to learn about professional opportunities. The best way to begin building these relationships in the U.S. is through professional and social. Opportunities. Don’t shy away from introducing yourself to leaders and other professionals within a company you’re interested in. Online resources such as Linked In and Handshake are great ways to network as well.

Keep your options open

Try not to limit yourself strictly to the U.S. and make professional relationships with businesses in your home country and other countries worldwide in order to keep your options open.

Get support

Stop by the Office of Career Services and speak with a career counselor who can discuss your professional goals and help you with your job search.

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