GPA isn’t the most important part of your search

International students often focus on GPA in the job search. I hear a lot of questions like:

Does GPA matter for engineering jobs?

Do employers look at your GPA? 

How important is GPA in the job search? 

The truth is that GPA isn’t nearly as important in your job or internship search as you think. Companies that hire international students and sponsor h1b aren’t looking for a good GPA. They’re looking for experienced students with specific skills. Even entry level OPT jobs for students require more than just a GPA.

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Job Search Basics: Engineering jobs for International Students

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Want to work in the US? Start hanging out with Americans

If you plan to work in the US during an internship or full time, you need to understand American culture. The classroom is a start. But that’s structured learning. You also need unstructured learning. This type of learning happens outside the classroom.

If you want to be hired by an American organization, you need to be comfortable interacting with Americans. Comfortable means more than speaking good English. It also means being able to engage in small talk. It means understanding humor, showing enthusiasm at appropriate times, respecting personal space and boundaries, learning about popular movies, music, tv shows, and other elements of American culture. Hanging out with Americans helps you learn the nuances of American culture. It allows you to interact, observe, learn, and try new things.

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Searching for entry level OPT jobs? Build a target list

Whether you are searching for entry level OPT jobs or companies that sponsor H1B for experienced hires, you need to start with a target list. A target list is a list of companies where you want to work. It’s one of the most important tools in the international student job search.

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Why you must write creative cover letters

Writing cover letters is a stressful process. There are many revisions. It’s easy to get the flow wrong. And even small mistakes can disqualify you. If English isn’t your first language mastering the persuasive tone is even harder.

It’s understandable that most people hate writing cover letters. But there’s a very good reason to write them: they are a persuasive tool that when done correctly can help you stand out to employers.

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Job Search Basics: Business Analytics jobs for International Students

The career path for international students in MS Business Analytics programs is filled with opportunity. Though finding jobs for international students after the MS degree is always challenging due to changing H-1B rules, data analysts are in demand. Jobs in business or data analytics are in demand in the US and are expected to grow 27% in the next 10 years. Currently there are 7,238 openings for business analysts on LinkedIn.

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5 easy ways international students find internships

If you’re searching for your dream internship, you will want to use multiple methods to find them. Many students limit their internship search to submitting resumes through a single platform. But there is more than one way to find international student internships.

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5 things you need to know before starting your internship search

After the rush of fall term starts to settle down international students start planning for the CPT internship search. January through March are peak CPT internship search times. Finding internships for international students takes some planning. The earlier you start preparing for the search, the more successful you will be. Here is what you need to know to prepare for international student internships.

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How to get hired as an international student

At some point in your US educational experience you start to wonder how to get hired as an international student. Maybe you want US experience on your resume. Or maybe you want to learn new skills on the job. An internship or an OPT job is the start of your global career. So you start thinking: how do I get hired as an international student?

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