Job Search for International Students

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Alicia Rhodes, Assistant Director, Duke University Career Center
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Many international students who are in the U.S. for school and are pursuing a job search may be thinking about staying in the country post-graduation, returning home to work, or moving to another country. If you fall into any one of these categories, your job search will undoubtedly have some unique challenges. Although, navigating the job search may seem difficult at times, remember you have skills and experiences which will make you great candidates in any job market you intend to pursue. Below are some tips and resources to help you throughout your search!

  • Make sure to devote time specifically for your job search
  • Use Duke Visa Services as a resource as it relates to addressing any visa related issues and learning more about Optional Practical Training (OPT) and/or H-1B visa
  • Understand the job market in your field of study
  • Research organizations you are interested in applying to
  • Draft a resume using accomplishment statements to assist you with describing your skills and experiences to potential employers. The Career Center’s Resume Guide can be of assistance to help you get started with your resume and Interstride can help you draft your resume based on necessary criteria required from other countries if you are looking outside of the U.S.
  • Start practicing for interviews! It’s never too early to start preparing for interviews by becoming familiar with the STAR method to answering behavioral based interview questions, thinking about experiences which display skills needed for certain roles, practicing responses to questions, and thinking through questions to ask employers
  • Connect with alums through using LinkedIn and the Duke Alumni Directory. Connecting with alums who are in geographic areas you are interested in and/or who are working in your field of interest can be prove very beneficial. Doing so will allow the opportunity for a new relationship to be established, but also opens the door for potential informational interviews.
  • Remember that the Career Center is here for you! If you need help with your resume or would like to have it reviewed, we can do so! We can also have conversations about your job search, conduct practice interviews or provide interview coaching, and talk you through connecting with alums! You can schedule an ONLINE appointment through CareerConnections.

More specifically, if you are conducting a job search in the U.S., below are some additional resources you might find helpful!

  • MyVisaJobs is an online portal and community which helps foreign nationals identify employment opportunities if they desire to work and live in the U.S. or Canada.

If you are targeting your job search outside of the US, you may find this resource helpful!

  • Interstride –A one-stop-shop that empowers international students.
    Using data-driven technology, Interstride is a career portal that provides international students with all the resources they need to transition and thrive in their educational journey abroad. Includes: global career opportunities, visa and immigration support, student resources and services, networking and mentorship, webinars and workshops.

We highly recommend that you utilize the resources available to you and if you are unsure with where/how to get started, you can always get started with the Career Center ONLINE appointments!