Top job seeking tips for international students
Awesome tips to land a great job
Studying abroad is a pricey affair, but working alongside can help balance your everyday expenses well. All you need a little planning and the right way to approach your prospective employers. Here’s a head start:
1. Plan ahead
Create a list of the kind of job you are looking at and the companies you want to apply to. This will give a clear idea of the work stream you are aiming at.
2. Optimise your online search
Learn to search online properly. There are many job search and networking websites such as LinkedIn, Indeed, AngelList, Seek, etc., which you can use for free and land a good job.
3. Don’t use generic CV formats
Try creating a personalised resume format to stand out from the other applicants. Ensure to mention about your strengths, skills and experience, if any, to add more weight to the application.
4. Apply directly online
Big organisations employ a lot of part-time and casual staff for a range of roles. You can find out about the vacant positions on their official websites under the ‘careers’ ‘jobs’ or ‘employment’ section. Some companies also list these opportunities under their ‘about us’ or ‘news’ tab.
5. Be on the lookout
It is a smart move to keep an eye on the local companies in your host country that hire casuals during breaks. This can include fast food joints, department stores, retail outlets and even cafes.
Don’t restrict your work opportunities based on your degree or location. It is wise to stay open to other places open to recruiting skilled international employees like you. Feel free to apply for jobs outside the purview of our field of study if you find it interesting or feel passionate about.
6. Follow up with companies
Don’t sit around waiting for the employers to respond for weeks. Try to follow up on every application sent with call or an email; but do not overdo to bother a potential employer.
7. Seek assistance from your university’s career centre
Reach out to your university’s career support centre for help. The staff has knowledge about various vacancies, job fairs and skill-building workshops that could be of great help to you. Some centres also offer resume assistance to create a great one for you besides guiding you at every step of the way.
8. Socialise, it always helps
Start building your network early during your studies as it can prove to be very handy when looking for jobs. A great head start is joining various communities and participating in meetups to network and meet more people.
9. Build ‘you’ as a brand
Having a good online presence is crucial for employers today. Make sure all your social profiles exude professionalism. Try to blog if possible about topics from your field of study to show your potential employers.
10. Start early, get a job before semester ends
It is wise to look for a job before your semester ends. With this you can save the wait time and have a job before you even complete your studies or begin the session break.
Points to keep in mind
Check your visa for work conditions to be clear on the number of hours you are allowed to work in the new country.
When working alongside, figure how to balance your studies so that grades are not impacted.
Know your work rights. Research about the minimum wages in your new country and make sure you know about employee entitlements. This can include information on leaves, breaks, health and safety.
Many employers prefer students who are active in extra-curricular activities, and show leadership experience.
Take all job interviews seriously. Try to be as professional as possible, even if it’s just for internship. Before going for the interview, read up about the company a little to have a background of what you are going into.
Today employers also look for candidates with great inter-personal skills who can thrive in organisations easily. These skills can be easily acquired through practice and go a long way in landing a great job. Develop some of the most crucial soft skills.