Thinking About Wuhan Family

The Chinese side of my family is from Wuhan. This is a photo at Moshan (磨山) one of my favorite places at the East Lake (东湖). Normally we would go to Wuhan in the summer. I know that sounds crazy because it’s hot, but that is when our Chinese Joint Ventures (our kids) have their school holiday.

We think about Wuhan all the time. We hope you and your family members are well.

Spring recruiting in China is suspended - as I hear from recent graduates in Beijing.

Do you want to work in North America this summer or this fall?

If so, experience in North America will raise your 起点 if you ever plan to work in China.

I’m a global exec giving back because I used to be an international student, too.

I’m happy to discuss how to:

hear back after applying
stay here
do well at job fairs
get interviews
negotiate the offer

If you don’t mind a little tech, here is a link to my calendar:

Can jump in there and find a time that’s best for you?


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Coronavirus: Latest Numbers

The latest official numbers on the Wuhan coronavirus at this link:

My in-laws are in Wuhan and they are doing their best!

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Spring Job Fairs of 2020

Spring job fairs of 2020: Are you in the mood to ace your upcoming job fair? If not, no problem. If yes, check out this live training recorded with my #datascience and #SWE mentors. Recorded live and free for you here for a limited time.

We cover:

  • The right philosophy with which to approach the job fair.
  • The Before, during and after of the job fair.
  • How international students handle the “we do not sponsor” question.

My goal for you: crush it!

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Job Board Algorithms: Are You Trapped by Them?

Job Board Algorithms: Are You Trapped by Them?

Have you given up control and let them trap you?
Here’s how to know.

If you answer yes to:

  • working really hard on the job search, applying to everything online, and that’s all you do
  • not consistently getting interviews
  • hearing “not hire international students” all the time.
  • feel frustrated
  • don’t have coffee chats on a regular basis
  • dream company lists not guiding your actions

Then you know you are trapped.

At any time, you can shift to:

  • get speaking to your dream companies
  • get consistent engagement from dream firms
  • experience growth in confidence, even enjoy the process
  • come out from this process with a great offer

Glad to chat about your situation, your goals, and share some advice via this link:

There is no need to keep doing something that isn’t working.

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Job Search: Strategy to Consider and Force of Effort

If you are looking for a job and you spend 30 min per day looking for a will continue to be looking for a job. There’s job search strategy to consider, and then there is also the issue of the basic force of effort.

I held this friend to a higher standard of himself and he did eventually put in the work and get a great job.

Watch yourself and if you see yourself falling into a rut, pull out or have friends who can help you.

As my teacher says: self-discipline is doing something even when you don’t want to do it.

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On Being an International Student using LinkedIn

𝙊𝙣 𝙗𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙣 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙨𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙠𝙚𝙙𝙄𝙣 (LI). I got a question from a parent in China: is LI safe?

Her daughter was getting some messages that were not professional. The mom concluded that LI should not be used at all.

With 300m people on LI, LI reflects the broader society. There is good and bad. So, let’s use LI with a purpose, be professional and sidestep the bad stuff to get the results we want.

My mentees and I work through situations like this. I help apply a professional lens. People hire people, not resumes. We do need to meet people to get hired, and we need to be flexible with schedules + stay professional.

One female client connected to a manager at a famous company. That manager invited her for drinks and dinner. Drinks AND dinner? Red flag. Alarms went off. We had to respond cautiously.

Now, in NYC it is common to grab a drink after work. But I was fairly sure this guy was bad news.

I instructed her to say she had to keep it to a drink + that her friends...

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T Minus 30 Days until the University Job Fairs

Uncategorized Aug 02, 2019

T minus 30 days until the university job fairs where international students have to deal with the BS that most firms won’t consider them. Ariel trusted me as her mentor last fall as she was dealing with this. She landed a role at Emerson doing exactly what she came to the US to do.

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Calling All International Students


I used to be an international student and it was complicated.

Online applications were tough. It used to be the case that "not hearing back" was the biggest issue but now it seems like from every angle and direction all this negative news about how hard it is for international students to get hired... it's like employers are playing games with us.

But, dear international student... stay engaged keep going, find a mentor to help you get hired. Stay engaged, keep going because I want you to be happy.

I'm Stuart. I've been there and I'm a career guide.

Book a free coaching call on my website.


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8 Steps to Turn Your Verbal Job Offer into a Formal Offer

Uncategorized May 27, 2019

So a verbal offer is not, is not an offer. Basically, you need to have something in writing to really understand what the offer is. What is it that I could accept? Because a verbal offer doesn't go into detail about the actual salary, the actual title of the role, the benefits. So, there is a job description for this role, right? And that is there, But then the ultimate offer letter will contain all of the details about everything that you would need to accept or to ask more questions about before you accept. So, the thing that Robert and I are working on now is moving from a verbal offer to a formal offer.

And so this, so the call -- the meeting yesterday, which was this like a two-hour long interview with the number two and then the message, that verbal offer came in that meeting. And so, the question is what's the next step? And so, the next steps we're going to take in this situation is to write, of course, write thank you letters and we're going to write thank you letters to...

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OPT Job Hunt guide: Land your job fast when you only have a short time to land a job on OPT

Uncategorized May 13, 2019

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[Stuart] I am so excited to be here with

Pativee Vanadilok, she's an immigration attorney.


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[Pativee] Hi, everyone!


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[Stuart] She has been instrumental

in helping change the lives of


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so many international students in

terms of helping them process their next


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steps, as far as staying in the

United States, working.


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[Pativee] Yes, yes.


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[Stuart] Thank you for being here, Patty.


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[Pativee] Thanks for inviting me.

I love it, Stuart.


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[Stuart] You're so welcome, I'm so honored.


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[Stuart] So, one of the questions we

wanted to address and it's timely because


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we are here...

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