International Student Job Search Success During Coronavirus Crisis


What You Will Learn In This Webinar

The Coronavirus pandemic has crushed the dreams of many international students who wanted a chance to find employment in the U.S. However, not all is lost. It’s important to think differently in order to get doors to open for you so you can increase the chances of finding an internship or a full-time job in the U.S in this moment of crisis.

This webinar contains job search recommendations from 3 successful international students. Keeping the Coronavirus nightmare in mind, these students provide tips and strategies that may tilt the balance in favor of international students who seek U.S positions, even when it appears all is lost, and there’s no hope in sight.


Speaker # 1 - Esther (Tian) Yu - Job Search Strategies

  1. Gain an edge over domestic candidates – More than ever, don’t be similar to American students. Make yourself stand out. For example, learn hot skills on your own that your competition may not possess. And don't assume your university will teach you everything you need to know to be successful.
  2. Reach top decision makers - Get in front of top leaders from firms that could hire you. Ask these decision makers for an interview opportunity, but not until you have tried to develop a relationship with them. Don’t wait to get started.
  3. Propose visa solutions - If you feel you’re a good fit for the job, don’t give up because of visa issues. Acknowledge visa challenge, but emphasize OPT benefits, and the fact that you may be able to work for your employer outside of the U.S if sponsorship does not go through. 

Speaker # 2 - Bik Neupane - Job Search Strategies

  1. STAY connected – Don’t just worry about creating new connections. Check in with your “old” connections once in a while. You never know when you will need your networks the most, particularly as referrals and a recommenders for your job application. Most of the US jobs are fulfilled through referrals.
  2. Obtain  'T' shaped skill - The job market looks for someone who is an expert at one or a few things, but also looks for someone who has a broader skill set. International Advantage Tip: in general, international students should strive to be specialists. This normally enhances the chances of visa sponsorship.
  3. Know how AI hiring works - AI in hiring has increasing influence during the screening process. There are various text and video based screening tools that scrape data from your CV/Resume, your video/facial features, and social sites (such as Facebook and Twitter). Even your accent may be evaluated by AI.

Speaker # 3 - Pranav Prakash - Job Search Strategies

  1. Focus on quality connections -  Complimenting someone's work and doing a little research about the person goes a long way. Always be 100% genuine. 
  2. Get your foot in the door – Given the Coronavirus crisis, and the general hiring freeze that is in place right now, don’t discard the possibility of getting your foot in the door through unpaid OPT jobs, for example. Also, investigate contract work. 
  3. Take an inventory of your skill set – At a time when hiring activity has greatly decreased, only the strongest of the international students will survive. There may be a gap between what you’re learning in school, and what the market is actually looking for. 


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