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.

Payscale.com 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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Job Search Basics: Engineering jobs for International Students

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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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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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Why don’t companies sponsor H-1B visas for international students?

It’s one of the first questions I get as an international student career coach: “Why don’t companies sponsor H-1B visas for international students?” Most students experience rejection from the start of their job search because H-1B visa sponsor companies are difficult to find.

Here are the most common reasons why a company doesn’t offer H1-B visa sponsorship.

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H-1B for international students: What you need to know

Before the job search begins international students need to learn about H-1B, the work authorization that allows you to work in the US after your studies. Learning about H-1B for international students takes time. In addition to H-1B visas, you should also learn about CPT, OPT and OPT extension. For students from countries like Australia, Canada, Singapore, or Chile, there may be additional work authorization options (see infographic below). Many employers do not know all the details about work authorization. It is important that you learn as much about work authorization before deciding if you want to work in the US after graduation.

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