As part of successfully locating a position, familiarize yourself with
the challenges employers face in hiring international students and
clearly communicate pertinent information about your work eligibility
to a potential employer. It is helpful to understand that there are
basically three types of companies.
The first type of company
is one that may have a policy of not filing for H-1B or hiring
international students on Optional Practical Training. These companies
rarely make exceptions, except for candidates with skills that are
difficult to find, as these companies can hire others who do not have
visa restrictions. You may be able to position yourself with such a
company if your skills and experience are in an area in which employers
have difficulty finding appropriate candidates and if the employer does
not have other constraints that would preclude them from being able to
hire an international student, such as federal contracts or security
clearance needs. Otherwise, you may want to focus your research upon
identifying the other two types of companies.
The second type of company
is one that has hired international students in the past and may be
open to evaluating you for an employment opportunity if you possess the
right skills for the position. Many of the companies in this category
have their own attorney available on retainer to work with employment
visa applications. Establishing yourself as the candidate of choice for
the company is critical to obtaining an offer, and this type of company
is more likely to hire an international student. As company needs
frequently change, one national list does not exist that will help you
to quickly identify these companies. However, you can utilize some of
the resources below to identify companies who have hired international
students in the past. Networking with other international students,
faculty and others may help you to locate appropriate companies.
The third type of company
is one that may not be as familiar with hiring international students.
Some of these companies may not have previously hired international
students. However, they may consider hiring a student who presents well
in an interview, especially if the student is the right candidate for
the position and can articulate their visa status and employment
options in an organized, well thought-out, understandable manner.
Given the information above, it is critical that you understand your
visa status and how it impacts potential employment, along with any
pertinent immigration-related deadlines that would affect employment
options. Make an appointment with the International Programs Office
. Also, make an appointment with Career Services to learn how to position yourself for companies of interest.
Utilizing all of your resources and the strategies above will help you
to maximize your success in the job search. Make an appointment with
Career Services to develop an individualized job search plan and
discuss your job search strategy.