Alright, before we delve into the details of this guide, let us say this upfront that finding a job in US is relatively difficult for a foreign born. You need to find a company that is willing to sponsor your visa and considering the current Immigration Policy, it can be a bit time consuming. If you are a green card holder, it shouldn’t be as difficult. As a student too, you have the option of OPT that allows you to work for a while after your course ends. However, for everyone the process of finding job is just the same.
Having said the above, there are still plenty of companies in the U.S that are willing to file for a work visa if they think that you can add value to their company. So, don’t lose heart yet.
First, identify companies that are willing to file for a Work Visa or files one on a regular basis. Good news is, the amount of resources available to find a job in the States nowadays is immense. If you have a clear career plan and do a proper targeting, you will be closer to achieving your final goal.
Before you begin your search for a job / company, know yourself more. You need to understand your profile as much as possible. Understanding your strengths and identifying your weaknesses as well as the positions that you are really suitable for will help you select the resources you want to use in your job hunt. Employers receive hundreds of applications, so it is essential to target only those companies with a specific interest in your profile.
You need to ask yourself a few questions before you start applying for jobs here:
- Do you have a special profile, or your profile is relatively general?
- How many languages do you speak fluently?
- Do you have the soft skills required for a particular job position?
- Is your Indian degree recognized in the US?
Once you have answered these questions, the next step is to figure out where you can look for jobs.
Yes, this is blatant promotion. But then, you are reading this guide on homeis so it makes sense that we tell us about our huge Job Board where there are plenty of jobs posted every day in all categories ranging from tech to babysitters to cooks and video producers. What’s more, the job posters are immigrants themselves, and they understand the pain of finding a job in this country. Which makes them empathic of your situation.
At a time when your LinkedIn profile works as your Resume, you know how important it is to have profile there and even build connections. It is the primary place where people look for jobs and why not, most companies prefer LinkedIn to post their job openings.
One of the biggest job portals in the world. It offers entry, mid and senior level positions across the U.S.
This site allows you to check out companies before applying. You can find out first-hand information about the average salaries, ratings, interview process and benefits of each company from its former employees.
These sites offer positions targeting an expat audience, which makes them a good fit if you do not have a valid working visa.
A lot of companies outsource their hiring to third part consultancies or private job agencies. What these agencies do is they provide resources to the company and charge them a commission for the same. However, there are times when the agencies can ask for a commission from you as well. We don’t encourage using those services that ask money from you.
Like the private recruiting agencies, these are agencies that actually hire you directly and “loan” you out to other employers “temporarily”. They usually take around 10 to 20 percent of your salary as a margin.
Say you are interested in working for Google but there aren’t any open positions today for a role. In this case, you can reach out to Google and share you details and Resume. Google will store these speculative applications in their file and reach out to you when there is an opening in the near future before opening out to everyone else. What’s important here is the way you approach the company. You should learn how to write effective speculative application and think about what will make them look at your profile.
You can also contact the international chamber of commerce of your home country in the U.S. Chambers of commerce often get requests from companies trying to fill a position with someone from their country, and some of them also have a database or “job bank” of current vacancies. Many chambers of commerce also have a list of companies from your home country with business links in America. Since these offices often need expatriates in the U.S., it can be worthwhile sending them a speculative application!
Honestly, it is not a cakewalk. Sometimes, you will end up spending months trying to find a job but at the end of it all, you come out stronger and it is only the beginning of a long and prosperous career. That’s why it is so important to be persistent and use every opportunity for networking.