U.S. Employment System

The first step in designing an effective job search strategy which will lead to employment in the U.S. is to clearly understand the rules and regulations that govern your status as an F-1 student. For more information about the rules and regulations, please visit the ISSS Employment Resources.

Second, you are likely to discover that job-hunting in the U.S. is a different process than the processes and strategies used in your home country. The differences are culturally based, and therefore, you may have to work very hard at overcoming the natural inclination to conduct yourself as you would if you were looking for a job in your home country.

Generally, the job search for new grads, domestic or international, is very self-directed. The school's involvement includes planning career events, organizing on campus recruitment, resume reviews, practice mock interviews and connecting you with alumni at alumni events. The Fleishman Center can also help students prepare for their job search through workshops and programs, and one-on-one consulting.

Your job as a job-seeker is to research job and internship postings, attend Fleishman Center activities, programs, events, career fairs, meet people who can help you in your career, search for companies in industries and geographic areas that are of interest to you, send out applications, follow up appropriately, prepare for interviews, and more.

You will notice that one of the largest differences between the U.S. employment market and other parts of the world is the reliance on networking.

Last Updated: 8/11/16