How to get Entry Level Jobs for OPT/CPT
- September 17, 2017
- Posted by: ProfessionalGuru
- Category: Jobs
1) Get Local: Search the local databases, newspapers, and websites for various job opportunities. In the chamber of commerce search the city where you want to move and be updated with the local advertisements.
2) Get more local: If you have a relative, friend or acquaintance for your local stay with new locations while interviewing then change your address in your resume. Your employer will be happy to know that you are from the same native place and will call you for an interview.
3) Contact your networks: Contact your alumni if you are a college graduate where you can get details about accommodations, transport, and everything else you need. You can even contact the LinkedIn community members for knowing more details.
4) Research: Go one step ahead by using tools like salary calculators for checking whether you are earning sufficiently well with respect to the market value and use cost of living calculators to check whether your salary fits in the range.
5) Pack up: Get your bags packed and move to your desired city and start searching for jobs although it is very risky to do as you may end up jobless, but still try your luck.
6) Look for unemployment benefits: You can also register your profile with any unemployment office or website to let you know or get the latest update of the job openings in any domain available over there.
Your university’s internal jobs / internships portal – you really can’t get better than this. This is a list of employers who want students like you!
Reach out to seniors for openings in their organizations – another great choice. You’re pretty much guaranteed an interview if this works out.
Websites of accelerators, incubators, and other VCs – they often list jobs in their portfolio start-ups.
iNet offers a great database of internships – check to see if your university is registered. Also check your university’s career services for other memberships you can use.
WetFeet and UniWorld are other resources for careers popular with top US universities.
If you’re interested in full-time research with your university, try to look for professors / departments willing to sponsor your salary for the year.
Some of the Entry Level Job Links
5 Tips for Securing a U.S. Internship
1. Highlight your strengths.
As an international student, you may have knowledge or expertise in areas that U.S. college students don’t. Highlighting strengths such as fluency in one or more languages or global knowledge and experience can make your candidacy stand out. These areas of expertise can be especially helpful if the employer has offices in your home country or works with customers around the globe.
2. Think globally about your work experience.
As you polish your resume, remember to include all related prior work experience, even if it was gained outside the United States. I interviewed an economics major from New York University who completed an internship with JPMorgan Chase in the summer of 2014 and received a job offer from the firm at the end of it. He had spent one summer interning with Citibank in Singapore, his home country, and a previous summer interning at Citibank in India before he applied for the internship at JPMorgan Chase. His experience at different institutions, as well as in different countries, strengthened his candidacy when he applied to JPMorgan Chase.
3. Expand your network.
Talk to students who have interned with the companies or organizations you are interested in — and to alumni from your school who are currently employed there. Companies often visit college campuses to recruit candidates, so be sure to attend those presentations and make contact with speakers afterwards. Ask for a business card or contact information, and follow up to request a meeting to discuss your options. LinkedIn is also a powerful tool for connecting with people and expanding your network.
4. Do your homework.
Before you complete your application and appear for an interview, learn all you can about the organization. Your cover letter to the company’s human resources department — or, better yet, to a specific contact — should demonstrate your enthusiasm for the position and clearly describe your background, interests, and goals. Prepping before the interview will help you ask good questions during your conversation. Brush up on your industry knowledge by researching the field, small and large players in it, possible competitors, and the latest publications related to your sector. You want to convey that you understand the domain and goals of the organization you’re applying to.
5. Begin the process early.
Xun Tao, a statistics degree holder currently interning with a boutique firm specializing in health care analytics, suggests that you ask your International Student Services Office how long it will take for you to receive employment authorization (see below for further details). This process may involve application and visa processing with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with timelines for issuing visas ranging between one week and 90 days.
Students who are enrolled in a college outside the U.S. or who have graduated within the past 12 months can intern in this country through an Exchange Visitor Program. You can find the sectors in which internships are permitted as well as a list of visa-sponsoring organizations at the Visa Exchange Visitor Program website. The wait time for an interview and visa processing for the Exchange Visitor visa (J-1) will vary depending on your country. You can learn more about these timelines by city at the Visa Wait Times page on the U.S. Department of State’s website.