No Barrier!

“It’s difficult for an international student”: not true - it’s hard for us all alike

‍“My English is not good enough”: but here you are speaking to me in great English and reading it as well.

‍“Most companies won’t sponsor”: not true, they just won’t sponsor your resume. Go out and meet people.

‍“It’s too hard to network”: Let us review what is your goal: talk to colleagues and bosses all day and get paid. THAT Sounds like you you ARE interested in networking, in meeting potential colleagues and bosses now. What holds you back?

“I tried and failed”: good. Did that stop you from learning how to ride a bicycle?

“I am not getting interviews”: This happens when applying online and hoping to hear back. I know we’ve been told to do that but that is not how the job hunt works. You’ve been trapped by the algorithm!

“Career center says it's impossible”: they are...

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Valentines Day: Job Hunting and Dating

On #ValentinesDay, it helps to see the connection between #jobhunting and #dating.

The month of May / internship season / graduation is ~ 50 business days away.

It is an exciting time!

You want the results to come quickly.

So, what is the best way to achieve that?

See the connection between job-hunting and dating.

Let’s imagine you go out with someone on a first date and they tell you:

“I don’t care who I date, actually. I just want to date anyone. ”

How would you feel if you heard that?

Not good, right?

The same holds true in the job search.

If we just “want a job”, we are not positioning ourself for success.

Think about the fit. Think about how to convey you are a good fit.

Without experience, the biggest reasons to hire us are:

hungry to learn
eager to make a difference
easy to be trained.

But, if we don’t become sensitive to the goals of the company, if we don’t position ourselves as a problem solver, we still send the same weak...

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Coronavirus: Wuhan's Newest Orders

My Wuhan family’s newest orders from the government:

  1. Fencing to cordon off all roads. Zero foot or vehicle traffic
  2. No shopping. All food to be centrally prepared and delivered
  3. No excursions outside of the home. No gathering. Daily reporting of body temperature via messaging to local authority
  4. Observe coordinated disinfection of public and private living quarters.

#coronavirus #disinfection #lockdown #wuhan #who #ifc #economy #health #quarantine #community #food #security #JeNeSuisPasUnVirus

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Just Wanted to Date Anyone?

What if you told your date that you didn’t care WHO you dated. THAT YOU JUST WANTED TO DATE ANYONE. This is the message we send when we apply online and have a really broad search / cast a wide net.

Do the people in this picture really just want to “date anyone“?


They want a job that:

  • Honors what they’ve learned
  • Challenges them to learn more
  • Makes them feel heard
  • Considers them a part of the team.

What is the impression you would like to deposit in the mind of a hiring manager?

  • Focused
  • Dedicated
  • Perfect fit

#dating #jobhunt #valentine2020 #careercoach #joboffer #careeraccelerator #resume #focus #dedication #fit #firstjob

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Want Better Acceptance Rate

Job hunting and getting 137 / 160 LinkedIn requests accepted. 85% acceptance rate. Good? Real-time view of my student results using the Stuart System™ as shared in our international student job hunt community. LinkedIn is just one small part.

I like focusing on coaching efforts on international students:

  1. because I was one myself and
  2. because of the lack of time, culture gaps and desire for outstanding results (that brought them to the US, to begin with) call for a system. Mine is the Stuart System™.

I have never met an un-hireable international student. There are only un-hireable ways of thinking and doing.

Stuart System™ is about teaching somebody to fish, not just giving them a fish (授人以鱼不如授人以渔). Learn how to kick butt now. It is a skill you then have for life.

I always leave room for my students to impress me.

85% connection right impresses me. You’re considered good if you get above a 40% rate. But we want to be better than good.

This is almost as nice...

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Inspirational Quote: Endure Darkness

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars. - Og Mandino

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Success From Our Career Accelerator Family

Happy to hear this success from our Career Accelerator family. Questions don’t concern only the steps to get an offer. Lots of questions arise once an offer is extended. At the office today if you want to be thoughtful and seal the deal.

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Job Hunt: Start Where You Are

As an international talent, no matter where you are in your job hunt, that is where you start. Wherever you are: that’s it. This is the place. It’s now. It’s here.

Han Solo has a quote in Star Wars or maybe it’s the Empire strikes back: “no matter where you go, there you are”. I forget where he said that. But it’s an amazing insight.

A lot of us look at the job search and say: “quite difficult.” We are tempted to wait until conditions are different / better to begin the hunt.

If we want to think of a job search as difficult, then it will be difficult.

If we want to think about it as a growth opportunity, then it will be a growth opportunity.

We might imagine the type of life we have on the job. In that life, we talk to colleagues, we talk to our hiring manager/boss. It’s the future that we want.

And we know the offer opens the door to that day-to-day work life.

The job search is actually probably the best job training out there to...

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Take a Step, Move Forward

Once upon a time… In Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio acts in a scene where he jumps down over a fence with a shotgun.......

Do you think he had any doubt in his mind in this moment that he would land on two feet and reach his goal?

What is the fence you’re trying to jump right now? I get off the phone with very smart international students who are jumping their own “fences” and they’re not sure they’re gonna land.

To land a great job, you need to realize that wherever you are, now is the time to start, that there is the potential of landing this amazing job. To do anything else is what I call 死在起点.

Whatever your past experience or level of English for technical skill, with the right method you can convince an American company to hire you.

Every hiring manager also went through what you did: starting with little or no experience.

All it takes is the right method to make that happen. You can even start this process without any confidence. Confidence is...

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Coronavirus: Not Leaving Home

In Wuhan and other Chinese cities, not leaving the home is one of the officially recommended and in some cases required ways to stay healthy.

Here are all the Chinese apps one can use in Wuhan to purchase food via mobile for home delivery and some comments on each service.


  • 淘宝—天猫超市—鲜美菜场,需要输入自己的地址查看,是否有配送超市,名额有限,晚上12点开始抢。
  • 美菜APP ,300元起送,早上8点开抢,这个里面菜很全,平时是用来给商户批发的。
  • 盒马APP ,在配送区域内的可以配送,每天晚上十点,抢完了还会放,需要多刷,一般一天有1-2波。
  • 多点APP也可以买菜,需要提前几天,因为配送较慢。
  • 淘宝—首页淘鲜达 分区域购买,可选择收货地址,自行查看,也需要蹲守配送名额。
  • 饿了么里面的买菜,需要下载饿了么app,点买菜再搜买菜,可以看到万吨菜,需要自提
  • 每日优鲜,吉及鲜也都开始可以买菜了
  • 饿了么,京东到家的中百超市,每天开门时间非常短,要抢[Facepalm]最好把菜提前放到购物车,没事去刷下,看到开门了马上付款,朋友说几分钟就关门了

#wuhan #coronavirus #武汉 #送货上门

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