Preparing for the U.S. Job Search
Many international students have the goal of remaining in the United States after they graduate and begin a career. While international students face unique challenges in seeking U.S. employment after graduation, they also have experience and skills that are valued in the U.S. job market. Follow these tips for success in your U.S. job search:
- Begin your job search early and be prepared to devote a lot of time to it
- Talk to your advisor at ISSS to understand your options and keep updated on regulations and timelines
- Do your research and know the process and timelines of securing Optional Practical Training (OPT) and/or H-1B Visas
- Understand the job market in your field of study
- Develop a professional resume that reflects the knowledge and skills you’ve acquired at UM
- Practice your interviewing skills by participating in an Interviewing Skills Workshops and scheduling practice interviews
- Practice networking: network with individuals in your field by attending career fairs and events and utilizing LinkedIn
- Make an appointment with a career advisor and get assistance as you explore your interests, options, and career plan
- Check out Toppel's resources for searching for jobs and internships!
For information on Curricular Practical Training (CPT) requirements, visit our Toppel Internship Program page. For information on Optional Practical Training (OPT) requirements, check out the International Student and Scholar Services website.