A Quick Guide to Job Search Resources for International Students
Job-hunting for international students can be difficult, as employers may well be unaware of cultural differences and visa requirements. It is your job to provide this information to employers. The U.S. job market is probably vastly different from that of your home country, and you should do all you can to learn about it.
The NMSU Career Services Office wants to assist you to assure you are successful with navigating the U. S. Job market and are taking full advantage of the services offered to NMSU students and alumni, including:
Individual Career Advising: Meet with an advisor to discuss a customized plan. Starting early is good for all job seekers as there is no set time-frame in which a position will be obtained. It can be days, weeks or months and every student will have a different experience. Never compare yourself to another student which is why having a private conversation with an advisor will aid you in better understanding what is needed for your personal situation.
Log into Handshake to schedule an appointment.
Walk-In: Have a quick question? Stop by the Career Services Office between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.
Discover your Passion with Career Assessment Instruments
Learn how your personality, interests, values, and skills play an important role in identifying a fulfilling career.
- CareerBeam – Student
- CareerBeam – Alumni
- O*Net Online
- Personality Test
- Occupational Outlook Handbook – Find career information on hundreds of occupations
Detailed descriptions of occupations, including job responsibilities, educational requirements, associated interests and values, job outlook, salary data, and more using the following resources:
H-1B Visa Resources
An H-1B is an employment status for temporary employment in the U.S. allowing international citizens to work in specialty jobs which require skills and knowledge achieved through a baccalaureate or higher degree. If your employer would like to sponsor you for an H-1B visa, start the process as soon as possible! The number of available visas has been reduced considerably over the past few years.
U.S. Department of Labor
The Department of Labor is a Federal agency which exists to promote the welfare of job seekers, workers, and retirees.
U.S. Citizen & Immigration Services
Responsible for the administration of immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and establishing immigration services, policies, and priorities.
Association for International Practical Training
Practical Training information for international students and non-US citizens seeking career-related experience.
Extensive job searches resources, study abroad resources, immigration information, and more.
My Visa Jobs
Extensive reports on companies applying for H-1B visas.
This web resource has a series of online databases that contain information on thousands of American firms all over the United States.
Universities with Detailed Resources for International Students
The Career Center at Illinois – Job Search for International Students
The University of Virginia – International Students
University of California – Berkeley – Job & Internship Strategies
University of Pennsylvania – The U.S. Job Search for International Students