Study in the US: 4 Career Questions International Students Should Ask Admissions

If you are interested in studying in the USA you are already planning for a global career. Many international students study in the US to get experience working in US companies. When you study as an international student you have the opportunity to participate in internships. Internships for international students are a strong foundation for an international career.

As you explore your list of universities in the USA for international students, pay attention to how those schools prepare you for a career. Start by creating a list of questions to ask your university admissions representatives about career help for international students. Below are four questions to help you learn how American universities help international students achieve their career goals.

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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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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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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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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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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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How to find international student jobs

On Quora, the question and answer website, there are many versions of this question: “how do I find international student jobs?” Students like you are searching for companies that hire international students and looking for international student jobs across the US. The H-1B job search is a bit of a mystery when you start. That’s normal because you’re in a new country. It is possible to learn how to search for work in the US after graduation. It’s also possible to find international student jobs. They exist! The challenge is that they are hidden among many, many opportunities that aren’t open to international students.

Finding jobs for international students takes time, patience, persistence, creativity, and a bit of luck. So prepare your research skills and get ready to talk to a lot of people.

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