I'm an international student. Do I need to approach my job search differently?

Video Chapters 

  • How hiring works in the United States


  • How networking will help you succeed


  • Why is immigration so challenging in the United States?
  • How long does it take to land a job?


  • What can international students do to improve their chances of landing a job or internship?

About this lesson

International students face a range of limitations and restrictions that can impact their ability to land a job and stay in the United States after graduating. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to conduct a successful job search to maximize your chances of landing a job or internship. Make sure to watch our lesson “International Students Job Searching in the US” for more information and strategies.

Worksheet Activities

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1. Networking is one of the most important parts of a job search because it can help you at each stage of the job search process. We recommend that students spend 80% of their time networking while job searching. Reflect on your current strategy: how much time are you spending networking vs applying? Is your networking strategy authentic or transactional?


2. Look over the Networking Deep Dive and identify 3 lessons you should complete in the next two weeks. Make sure to schedule time in your calendar and set a reminder.


3. Schedule an appointment with your career center and your office of international students and scholars. What help do you need to move forward in your job search? Write down 4 questions to ask at each of your appointments.

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