Employers look for candidates who have relevant experience. U.S. employers also like candidates with work experience in the U.S. If you are lacking experience in the U.S. you need to take steps to build experience. Having an internship during your graduate program will greatly improve your chances of landing a career position once you graduate. Many employers begin looking for summer interns in the fall (i.e. fall 2017 for an internship for summer 2018). Before you begin looking for an internship, familiarize yourself with the CPT (Curricular Practical Training) rules.
You can also gain experience through your class projects, leadership roles and other activities at CGU. If you are unsure of what activities might help you gain the type of experience you need, schedule an appointment though Handshake to speak to a career consultant.
The U.S. Department of Labor:
Other Web Sites
http://www.discointer.com Disco International (Japanese-English)
Uniworld—to search for US firms operating in other countries and to search for companies from your home country operating in the US. This resource can be accessed through Handshake (search for it in the resources section)
Where to Find Employment Opportunities
1. Others from your home country who own companies in the U.S.
2. Others from your home country employed in the U.S.
3. Former CGU international students employed in the U.S.
4. An international company with offices in the U.S.
Your Career Search
It can take more than six months to land a career position. Begin your search early. Here are some steps you should take to increase your odds for landing a position.
1. Be sure your area of study aligns with fields you can enter (some industries require U.S.
2. Know the rules for OPT (Optional Practical Training). Familiarize yourself with U.S. hiring
issues surrounding international students so you know what to expect.
3. Research companies in your field to find ones that hire internationals.
4. Have your resume critiqued to make sure it meets U.S. standards.
5. Learn about interview practices in the U.S.