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 professional learn about you. Informational interviewing might feel intimidating. It feels difficult because the first step is always emailing someone you don’t know to ask for their time. Reaching out to strangers without an introduction just feels awkward.

The good news is that you can get good at 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 would be a benefit for 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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