Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Have You Started Job Hunting Yet?

By Meghavaty Suresh
Contributing Writer

Dear International Students,

I hope you are doing well, wherever in the United States you currently are. I’m writing today to ask you a vital question: Have you started job hunting yet?

Being an international student gives you increased hurdles when it comes to finding a job.You not only need to prove you’re a fit for the role and the company, but you also have to navigate work authorization, visa sponsorship, and language barriers. Don’t take the job search lightly, even if you’re a straight-A student and have a great looking resume. If you’ve started investing time and effort into finding a job for the summer, whether that's an internship or a full-time role, then you’re on the right track. If you haven’t begun to job application process yet, then don't wait until Christmas! Here's how to jumpstart the process now:

Remember, don’t just blindly apply to 100 different jobs. Sketch out a strategy that takes into account your interests, skills, and passions, and also factor in what is realistic. Put your energy into speaking with people from companies that you have singled out as places that you would love to work for. Have valuable conversations with peers, alumni, and experts to learn more about the industry, people, and processes you eventually want to work with. Building relationships will help to guide you through this tough process and put you in a position to know more than other applicants when the time comes to send in your application. It’s a tricky process, and it can be frustrating and scary, but it is something you need to plan for. Don’t procrastinate or let any of the myriad international student pressures intimidate you. Your dream job may be just around the corner, and all you have to do is prepare yourself to get it.

Yours Sincerely,



Meghavaty Suresh is a brand engagement specialist at The Guardian. She is originally from Mumbai, India. She earned a master’s in new media at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she realized what it truly meant to be an international student and how best to enjoy the experience. The megaVOICE column is her opportunity to give a voice to the whispers of international students. Megha lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @meghasuresh.

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