How to ensure a successful job hunt here in the US as an international student? One place to start is with a successful job hunt mindset. What is the proper mindset? It’s the set of beliefs that you hold about yourself and your job hunt which lead you to having more conversations and less time in front of a computer.
Problems with the mindset arise when you least wish them to, such as even before you start! Your beliefs might be preventing you from starting. Or when you are presented with an opportunity to talk with a hiring manager, instead of confidently introducing yourself, thoughts arise such as, “I'm not supposed to talk to senior people.” Like it or not, we bring a lot of these negative beliefs to the job hunt. Other popular beliefs include, “I'm not able”, or “I'm not prepared” or “My skills are not good enough.” Possible outcomes of job...
As we come up into the recruiting season, we need to be able to communicate clearly how we can help other people achieve their goals. And of course, it can be tough when applying online to make that point. We don't even know if people are even looking at our resumes.
How to best be noticed - this is a question of method of the job hunt.
When it comes to getting job offers, our best branding is this: we are there to help address a certain set of solutions that clients or the company needs.
How do we stand out with employers? That occurs when we are able to have impactful conversations. When it's NOT clear how we help a company, or our approach is “we want a job”, that makes things very difficult for the employer.
They’re not going to take time to guess or help you complete your sentences. So even if you're networking with people and they want to be helped, one of the common problems we have is not really being...
We often run into rejection in our job hunts before we ever start. This is called self-rejection. We see the glass half-full, or efforts to try are likely to be without result, or we feel getting our dream job is out of reach. Maybe we heard someone say something like that about themselves or about you and we adopted that view.
It’s time to stop this harmful habit of self-rejecting and open up to what the job hunt has to teach us.
Why change? I know, right? Where we are is usually where we feel comfortable. But on the other hand, where we are now is NOT where we want to go.
And then there’s the perspective of anyone we talk to: they’ll want to see that we believe that we can, whether we actually can or not. One of my best growth experiences came from believing that I can and finding out that I had much to learn. Would not have learned it if I didn’t feel I could in the...
Let’s talk about stopping the OPT clock. I’m joining you here from my house where the OPT clock is NOT ticking for my students because we have learned how to effectively stop it.
“The OPT clock” is this concept that once you graduate and have declared a OPT start date, you have 90 days to get a job. And if you use that time in your job hunt, and it runs out, you must leave the country.
That 90 day clock is cumulative. This means that if you get a job and use 10 days of the OPT grace period clock in the process for that job hunt, and then you lose that job or finish that job if it’s an internship, you have remaining 80 days to find the next job.
What happens for most international students? They approach graduation and job hunting in sequence - meaning they do one and then the other. They focus exclusively on graduation and grades and let the job hunt slide or wait until the end. They...
Fall recruiting really starts right now - and it’s nearly ending for others, such as for the MBB whose application deadlines are moving up to July.
I know it feels so far in advance of fall recruiting - you probably just started an internship - that few would imagine that the next few weeks of summer will decide what happens over the next six months and into 2023, but that’s the case.
Here we are in the middle of the summer and what's gonna happen very soon is that the interviewers and the HR teams are gonna start closing the application periods for industries such as consulting and banking - or putting together their short lists of people that they will already plan to interview in the fall.
Short lists are informal lists of people who will receive interviews. And the only way to get on a short list is to be using this time now in the summer to reach out to your firms of interest.
Internship or not, summer is the time to be doing your...
In an internship and then looking to convert that into a full time opportunity? A good place to start would be to have a conversation with your manager, with your direct boss.
She may not be the one who makes the decision - but it’s where to start
Now your direct boss may not be the one that ultimately makes that decision, but that's where we start to “raise the flag up the flag pole” in case that question needs to be addressed by another person who oversees the budget for new hires, to see if there's a headcount. Your boss may or may not have the headcount information or the authority - it can depend - and that's the place to start.
Have the conversation, no matter what.
Whether or not there is an opportunity for full time employment, it's good to express your interest in and intention to have a return offer. Absent having an extremely bad experience, this can be a smart move for you. The offer may only come if you ask for...
“Stuart, The main thing I can't figure out about networking is why anyone would want to talk to me.”
Let's talk about why and if anyone would be willing to talk to you,
This is the time of graduation. The time of vacation and if your job hunt and everything is figured out, or you're going to grad school or whatever the reason is - you feel like you have time to take a vacation.
And it's also a time to double down on the job hunt for those looking for internships still, or for full-time roles.
Now, one of the things that you may have discovered is that some people seem to succeed very seemingly easily in the job hunt. And there's a vast majority of us that continue to struggle with this, like I did.
What I've seen is that online applications are really not where it's at anymore.
The technology has been, um, sad. The tech technology has made it, uh, it's really seduced us...
We’ve all seen optical illusions before - and they exist in the job hunt, too. Try this one: “summer has started”. For those still job hunting, the illusion is that there’s no more time left to get an internship or job. Then decisions are made not to try, or to double down on summer academics. Meanwhile, the start of summer was just a bit optical illusion.
This summer, I say let the illusion work in your favor. And if you’re a fan of magic, let the magic work in your favor, too. With so many companies out there, all needing to solve problems, the opportunities to get hired are endless. When action is taken by you, the job hunter, things happen unexpectedly all the time in the job hunt which simple math does not explain.
Try this one: messaging someone with a nice script result in suddenly getting invited to an interview. All you did was send a quality templated message and an...
Hey everyone, Stuart here! Are you finding it hard to get a job here in the US, such as an internship using CPT or a full-time offer using OPT? Here are a few tips that are going to make this easier for you - making it harder for you to get rejected!
Concluding that it's too hard to find a job takes you out of the game. Maybe you expected a hard thing to be easy, so you stopped. Let’s say you’ve stopped trying to job hunt at all. Sometimes stopping to do certain things IS the right move. For example, applying online and hoping to hear back just doesn't...
What is your expected salary? Coming into my master’s program from a startup, I didn’t have one, but if I did, I can guarantee you it wasn’t very high.
So how to handle this question when it comes up? The short answer is this: expect at least the “market rate”.
Mrs. Market (the job market) is not kind to people who feel like asking for less than they are worth.
The job market rewards winners.
It might occur right there on your application. It could come in an interview.
This is a very clever question posed as a test of your “street smarts”, a test of your maturity in negotiating professional or business topics.
In traditional negotiation strategy, there is a saying: “the first person who says a number loses”.
Here’s how to apply that: answer this...