Job Search Strategies for International Students

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Photo by Fernando @cferdo on Unsplash

International students are resilient, adaptable, and diligent- highly desired qualities that are important and applicable, now more than ever. The USC Career Center has many resources to help you navigate your job search.

As an international student, you have 24/7 access to our exclusive job board on connectSC. At last check, there are over 200 opportunities posted by employers willing to sponsor international students. To search these opportunities, log in to your connectSC account and perform an advanced job search using the “work authorization” filter. As well as connectSC, the Career Access Resource Library (CARL) houses a vast collection of job boards with international student opportunities.

To better prepare you for your job search during this time, the Career Center has been hard at work updating this blog with resources and articles. These virtual recruiting tips are applicable to all students, and this article pertains to international students specifically.

In addition to this blog, our website has a section dedicated to guidance for international students. From information on preparing for the job search to questions about visas and campus resources, our “Explore Resources for International Students” page has detailed advice. Resources of particular interest to international students are Interstride, GoingGlobal, and China Career Services:

  1. Interstride is an interactive career platform designed by international students to enhance the career exploration and job-search experience for international students. The web and mobile-based application provides students a one-stop-shop for all career-related resources from strengthening their professional profiles to navigating the visa process, searching for jobs, and building professional networks. You can sign-up to the platform using your USC email.
  2. GoinGlobal’s exclusive H1B Plus database provides millions of H-1B visa application records for American employers interested in hiring international talent. Utilizing U.S. Department of Labor records, GoinGlobal’s proprietary search engine allows users to identify positions, locations, and salary ranges based on organization name, occupation, industry, and job title. The database can also be used to identify US employers who have a pattern of hiring international professionals with specific skills, enabling you to search for similar opportunities in GoinGlobal’s job database.
  3. USC China Career Services, part of the USC Career Center and Office for Strategic and Global Initiatives, is located in Shanghai, China. This office strives to connect employers with students from all majors and class years (including alumni) for employment and internship opportunities in multiple industries. They are committed to the career development of USC students interested in opportunities in China. USC’s federated model of central and school-based career services allows us to provide a wide range of career services and a variety of programs, workshops, and career development advice, along with industry-specific information, job opportunities, and networking connections on campus, in China, and online globally.

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The USC Career Center is open – in person and online – and all of our services and resources are available to you, including advising, job and internship opportunities, programs, workshops, career fairs, and more. Contact us with any questions.