Job hunting tips for f1 students

The F1 visa is issued to international students aspiring education in the US. Finding a full-time job while they are on OPT (optional practical training) could be a daunting task if they don’t don’t show some patience. Following are some commonsensical tips they could follow to make the whole job searching process easy.

  • Gather the companies list (through forbes/linkedin/ indeed/ fortune 500).
    • Go to the companies’ websites one by one.
    • Go to the career section of the website
    • Make an account and apply properly. TIP – save your account details so you do not have to create a profile again.
  • Don’t settle on searching only full time jobs, you should also apply for internships. Most of the students convert internships into the full time job.
  • Go to LinkedIn. This is the most popular and easiest way to apply and develop and maintain connections.
    • Most effective method of finding job on LinkedIn is to find your school alums who are working in your area of study/interest and connect with them. Once connected, inquire politely about any internship/full time job opportunities. Mostly alums are kind enough to see your genuine effort and they will revert at least with some response if not actual opportunity. Here’s sample message you can write to people you have connection with:
Sample LinkedIn connection request
Sample LinkedIn polite enquiry
  • Buy LinkedIn premium, don’t look at $25-30, remember you are investing for your future. It opens up lot more communication channels with prospective employers.
  • Search jobs regardless of your location liking
    • Apply broad keywords to get a  listing of all jobs associated with your profile
    • Some jobs let you apply directly from LinkedIn while others will request you to go to the company website.
    • Keep searching daily and apply as soon as you see a job that you have skills for. Generally the earlier you apply the better your chances to land an interview call.
  • Not Getting Call On First Attempt (Don’t worry)
    • Keep iterating your resume and your cover page. The more iterations and more feedback you obtain from different sources, the better your resume will be.
    • Re-apply using new resume and cover page
  • Learn from the mistakes you made in the phone or personal interviews. You may not be lucky to crack your first interview. It is more important to learn from those experiences and not repeat them in the next ones.
  • Continue to improve and refine your soft skills to make additional impacts during your interviews.
  • And as always remember to make eye contact during your interviews.
  • Prepare for the interviews through mock interviews provided by the university. Research the latest trends in your industry and have success and failure stories from your past experience which you can replay during the interview.
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