How to get a job at Google, Amazon, Airbnb, Tesla, or Facebook

What does Google look for when hiring? Four things: General cognitive ability . . . Not just raw [intelligence] but the ability to absorb information. Emergent leadership: The idea there being that when you see a problem, you step in and try to address it. Then you step out when you’re no longer needed. That willingness to give up power is really important. Cultural fit: We call it Googleyness, but it boils down to intellectual humility. You don’t have to be warm or fuzzy. You just have to be somebody who, when the facts show you’re wrong, can say that. Expertise in the job we’re gonna hire you for. – Lazlo Bock, former Google Head of People Operations, Fast Co, Tips for Getting a Job at Facebook, Google, Snapchat and More

Google. Amazon. Facebook. Tesla. These are the top companies in the U.S. They are giant. They inspire students with dream jobs.

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How to build an international job search strategy

When you study in the US you are at the start of an international career. Your international job search begins the minute you step on campus. You have access to resources and people to explore worldwide opportunities from entry level international jobs to high tech jobs in top companies. While you might be focused on how to get a job in the US after graduation it’s smart to pay attention to opportunities outside the US. It’s getting harder for international students to find work in the US. H-1B jobs aren’t guaranteed even if you find companies that sponsor international students. Understanding global hiring trends, exploring international job search engines, and knowing how to get hired in countries outside the US (like Canada!), will make you a more successful international job seeker.

Research and communication are the foundation of your international job search. Here’s how to build an international job search strategy while still searching for jobs in the US.

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The H-1B Job Search Package: Helping international students find jobs

The job market for international students is competitive. There is no easy route to finding jobs for international students after graduation. Even STEM graduates who looking for OPT jobs and are in demand among companies that sponsor international students, struggle to find opportunities. Finding H-1B jobs for international students after MS requires research, training, and good timing.

Luckily there’s a bit of help for international students who want to work in the US. GlobalMe School, the online platform for global career training, just released the H-1B Job Search Package. (note: International Student Careers is owned by GlobalMe School).

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The American CV: Understanding the US resume for international students

Adapting your CV to the US resume format is bit of a puzzle. American employers want short resumes, action verbs, and results. If you’ve never written an American CV the process can feel frustrating.

Resume writing is a learned skill. Nobody starts out knowing how to write a perfect resume. American students spend hours learning how to write a resume that shows off their professional experience. As an international student, it takes longer to get resumes right because resumes differ by culture. In some countries it is ok to include a photo, religion, marital status, and birth date. Unfortunately, American employers will not read your resume if you include those details. Resumes are shorter, action-oriented (they want to see results over academics), and error-free.

To find a job in the US, you need to avoid common resume mistakes.  Here are the top resume mistakes to avoid as an international student writing your first American CV.

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3 email newsletters every international MBA student needs in their inbox

The life of an international MBA student studying in the US is chaotic. Between coursework, employer visits, casing prep, resume rewrites, networking, club activities, exams, group projects, and social events, the MBA student life happens at a fast pace. Add to that the cultural experience of navigating life in a foreign country and working in a second or third language, and it’s easy to see why finding time for anything outside of those essential activities is a challenge.

So keeping up to date with news and events beyond MBA life is tough. As a busy student you probably ignore 98% of the email newsletters you get in a day. But there are three email newsletters that shouldn’t be ignored. They are packed with the information that will help you stand out to American employers. They’ll improve your conversational skills because you’ll have ideas to share and opinions on your target industry.

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Beyond the Profile: Four Reasons to Follow People on LinkedIn

If you’ve started your internship search, you’ve likely already heard this advice: LinkedIn is a must-use tool for your search. It’s incredibly useful for creating new professional contacts and being seen by the people who are hiring. It’s the tool you’ll use to find a contact who can provide an employee referral.  Most students limit themselves to creating a profile and checking jobs. But you can do so much more.

Following people on LinkedIn is an easy way to improve your job search results. It gives you insider access and insights into the job search that you didn’t know you were missing. Here are four reasons international students like you should follow people on LinkedIn.

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Identify in-demand skills for your resume

If you are an entry level job seeker or changing careers, you need to know the in-demand technical skills for the job you want. is a research tool that helps you understand which skills are in-demand for the job you seek. Use this tool to:

  • Learn the vocabulary for your target role
  • Understand which skills are important for the role you want
  • Improve your competitiveness
  • Add keywords/skills to your resume and LinkedIn profile
  • Identify which skills you need to learn to be qualified for a role
  • Identify your skill gap and make a plan for getting the skills you need

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Interview preparation: Understanding American interviews

Navigating American interviews is a large part of your internship search.  Interviewing for an internship in a new country is a learning experience. As an international student American interviews are an opportunity to practice new communication and cultural skills. Interview preparation helps you plan what to say, how to act, and how to leave a good impression. Focus and preparation helps you succeed in your interview.

Start your interview preparation by understanding the American interview structure.

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How to find jobs in Canada as an international graduate

Finding companies that sponsor F1 visa international students is going to get harder in 2018. While nobody knows for sure what will happen with H-1B, employers don’t like risk and uncertainty. It’s already difficult for international students who want to work in the US after graduation.

A lot of international students studying in the US are now looking at working in Canada as an option. Finding jobs in Canada as an international graduate similar to the US; you still need a job offer from a Canadian company. But the visa process is smoother and less restricted. There is no lottery process for the H-1B. Instead, they have a point allocation system. In places like Vancouver, they’ve introduced a Global Skills Strategy that fast tracks visas, some in as little as two weeks, for highly skilled technology workers.

If Canada interest you here are a few resources to help you get started if you are thinking about moving to Canada.

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Informational interviews: How to email strangers

As an international student your job search requires a lot of informational interviews. Speaking with people inside of companies helps you understand American business culture. It also helps professionals learn about you. Informational interviewing is intimidating when you first do it. Emailing someone you don’t know to ask for their time without an introduction might feel uncomfortable. Fortunately with a bit of training you can get comfortable with it. You can learn to be successful at it. All you need is an email template and a bit of motivation.

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