Understand the Legal Requirements for Working in the U.S.
As an international student, it is essential for you to understand when and how to start working. You will need to be able to clearly speak about the basics of your student visa work authorization options and employment visa options to employers if asked. Keep in mind that not all U.S. employers are experienced in hiring international candidates. Please view these two excellent resources:
Please consult with International Student Services to understand the benefits and requirements for work authorization.
Find International Friendly Employers
Once it’s time for you to start searching for employment opportunities, there are a number of useful resources available to helping you identify employers that are friendly to (or actively recruit) international talent. Please view the list below:
- Myvisajobs.com H-1B Visa Reports: You can identify top H-1B visa sponsors by industry, occupation or job title. If a company is in this database, they are open to sponsoring international students for H-1B. Remember, even if a company offers H-1B sponsorship they may not hire international students for all positions.
- LinkedIn Alumni Finder: You can search alumni groups and online communities to identify which employers hired international alumni and your other peers from St. Edward’s University.
Develop and Use Networking Connections
Networking is an EXTREMELY important part of earning a job after graduation, and we encourage you to start building your professional network as soon as possible. View the list below for tips on building your network:
- Speak with Faculty: Your professors have years of experience in your field of study and are likely connected to employers around Austin, the country, and the world. Reach out, get to know them, ask questions, and get advice.
- Talk to Employers at Career Events: Even if you don’t know anyone in your field, CAPD hosts several fairs and information sessions each year that are designed to connect you to professionals in a variety of fields.
- Join a Student Group: Many student groups bring in area professionals, connect you to jobs/internships and can send you to professional conferences/ job fairs. You will also meet other students with similar interests who may be able to connect you to opportunities.
- Intern: This is one of the best ways to meet professionals in the field of your interest. Learn more about the industry while demonstrating your skills and value to the organization. Many interns get hired on after graduation. Please view this list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding internships.
- Connect with Alumni: Utilize the LinkedIn Alumni Finder to search for Alumni working in your field of interest. Many alumni are open to providing career advice, informational interviews, or professional introductions.
Understand Job Searches and Hiring Trends in the U.S.
You may find some differences between the United States and your country when it comes to job searching and CAPD can help you understand these differences. Previous international students have had questions about the difference between a CV, the importance of networking in the U.S., and the importance that U.S. employers place on extracurricular activities, such as community service, involvement in clubs and campus organizations, and leadership activities. We can also help you with communication strategies when searching for a job or internship, such as:
- How to word an e-mail to an employer
- How to introduce yourself to an employer at a job or internship fair
- What to say when leaving a phone message for a potential employer
- Cultural differences in making eye contact in an interview or when introducing yourself