Step 4: Part-Time Job Search
As an F1 or J1 visa holder, you are only allowed to work part-time on-campus for up to 20 hours/week during the academic year. Here are ways to search for a part-time job:
- Visit or call on-campus employers
- Create an account at HireMizzouTigers, learn how to do it here
- Academic Department’s Listserv
- Join Student Employment Canvas group that provides resources to assist with finding and preparing for employment
- Network with professors, colleagues, friends, classmates, and people you meet for the first time!
Step 5: Full-Time Job Search
To secure a full-time position, allocate adequate time for your job search as it involves attendance to OPT workshop, application to different openings, and preparation for interviews. Here are ways to search for a full-time job:
- Career Fair or Virtual Career Fair
- Company’s website
- Career sites such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and GoinGlobal.com
- Network such as alumni, professor, friends, family
- Events such as conferences, workshops
- Professional Associations
Step 6: Networking
This is the #1 way job seekers learn of positions in the United States. Networking literally means that people you know – family, friends, professors, advisors, etc.
- Face-to-face interactions through conversation, involvement in events and projects
- Build a professional profile on social media site
Step 7: Prepare Application Documents
Your resume is your advertisement to the employers that should look professional, target the needs of the employer, and highlight your strengths, skills, and experience.
A curriculum vitae (CV) is distinguished from a resume by its length and content. A CV is a comprehensive biographical statement (generally three or more pages) emphasizing professional qualifications and academic credentials. (Q: Is there a PDF article for CV too?)
Cover letters are a way to tailor your application to employers. It is an opportunity to expand on your experience, detail your reasons for applying, and express your knowledge about the company. Cover letters help you to stand out among other candidates and showcase your communication skills.
Step 8: Ace the Interview
If you’re selected for an interview, you’re one step closer to securing the job. The interview is a great chance to present yourself by expressing your interest and qualifications for the position.
- Find out more about the comprehensive guide on interviewing skills for international students.
- Here is a list of common interview questions for international students.
- As an international student, here are your possible strengths:
- Fluency in different languages
- Knowledge of other cultures and connections around the world
- Globalized worldview due to international experience
- Ability to adapt and adjust to a whole new culture effectively
- When to talk about your visa status?
- Never withhold your visa status from an employer
- It’s recommended that you tell them during the first or second interview after you feel you have “sold yourself” well and they are interested in you.