Resources from the workshop
Don’t forget that you can add companies that sponsor to the spreadsheet to help other international students in your program discover companies that sponsor.
Here’s a reminder of how to use the H1B database at h1bdata.info:
Learning how to get a job in the US starts with understanding the US job search process for international students. When you’re new to a culture, learning the systems and expectations prepares you for success.
How to Find Companies that Sponsor
One of the biggest challenges for international students in the US job search is finding companies that sponsor H-1B, the work authorization you need to work long term in the US.
Learn more about finding companies that sponsor and how to build a list of companies that sponsor in the video below. Then start researching companies using the visa databases below.
Now, try using the visa database at h1bdata.info to research companies that sponsor. The video below provides an overview of how to use the h1bdata.info visa database.
- Seven ways to find companies that sponsor international students
- H-1B for international students: What you need to know in 2020
The International Student Job Search Framework
Finding a job outside of your home country requires that you learn how to search for jobs in that country. The video below shares what to expect in the US job search.
- How to find international student jobs
- MBA internships for international students: a timeline
- How to Adapt to American-Style Self-Promotion
American Style Networking: Informational Interviews
“An Informational Interview is a meeting in which a potential job seeker seeks advice on their career, the industry, and the corporate culture of a potential future workplace, while an employed professional learns about the job seeker and judges their professional potential and fit to the corporate culture, so building their candidate pool for future hires.”-Wikipedia
You will use informational interviewing throughout your US job search. Informational interviews are conversations with professionals. Informational interviews allow professionals to get to know you. When people get to know you and your qualifications, they are more likely to refer you when a position opens.
Informational interviewing is different from behavioral interviews. Behavioral interviews are a conversation with employers after your resume has been selected for a job. In a behavioral interview, employers are evaluating you for a job.
In informational interviews, you are not being evaluated for a job. Instead, you are gathering insights and building relationships with working professionals to help you stand out in the job search.
Use informational interviews as a tool to build relationships with connections inside companies you’d like to work.
Below is an introduction to informational interviewing and how you will use it in your job search.
- How to build your confidence for informational interviews
- Top 10 informational interview questions for international students
Opportunities outside of the US
There is no guarantee of getting an H-1B visa in the US. If you’re curious about opportunities outside of the US explore the following articles:
- Frustrated with the US job search? Try these global startup locations instead.
- How to get a job in Canada
The International Student Job Search Package:
Get step by step guidance on how to find a job in the US with on-demand training when you need it. GlobalMeSchool offers a complete training package to teach you how to get a job in the US.
The package includes:
6 webinars for every stage of the job search
- How to Get a Job in the US
- The Internship Checklist
- Networking and Informational Interviewing for International Students
- Advanced Topics: How to Get Unstuck in Your Job Search
- How to Build an International Job Search Strategy
- Choose Your Own Global Career Adventure
3 company lists:
- 300 companies that sponsor H1B
- 200 companies that hire OPT STEM
- 165 companies that hire CPT interns
- Email templates for networking outreach
- Video explanations of complex topics like how to find out if a company sponsors before you apply and how to ask a contact for a referral
- 33 pg eBook: The International Student Job Search Guide