Working in the United States
Foreign Students and exchange visitors may, under certain circumstances, be allowed to work in the United States. They must obtain permission from an authorized official at their school. The authorized official is known as a Designed School Official (DSO) for students and the Responsible Officer (RO) for exchange visitors.
This PDF Document provides a list of employers that have hired TSU international students in recent years.
Other Resources for international students
- H1VisaJobs.com – Contains a database of American firms, all over the U.S., in all disciplines, who have known openings, are willing to, and actually offer H-1B jobs to international professionals. There is a fee to gain access to the database.
- H1base.com – This website offers information on obtaining a U.S. Work Visa.
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Information on Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Job Search Strategies
- Market Yourself Positively – It is very significant for International students to turn employers’ objections into positives.
- International students should be prepared to tell employers how hiring them offers more advantages than disadvantages.
- Choose a Major/Specialization in Demand – The request for employees in technical fields, such as information technology and accounting, far dwarfs the supply.
- Patience and Persistence – While finding employment as an International student can be challenging, it is not impossible. Each year the U.S. grants almost 200,000 H1-B visas.
- Network with fellow students, friends and professors.
- Become familiar with visa application processes.
- Partaking in an internship experience could lead to a full-time, paid position.
- GoingGlobal has an H1B visa resource, helping you identify employers who historically hire international talent based on occupation, job title, company name, and industry (since this feature requires a subscription, you must log in to Handshake with your CIS username and password to access GoingGlobal).
- Passport Career’s USA H-1B Employer Database includes more than 340,000 U.S. employers who have provided H-1B Visas/Work Permits to non-Americans. While this is not a list of positions you can apply for, this database provides valuable information about what employers applied for this visa in the past. You can search the database using a keyword, minimum salary, company names, city, state and job-type.
- H1visajobs.com is an online database of American employers that sponsor H1-B visa holders.
- My Visa Jobs identifies employment opportunities for foreign nationals who want to live and work in the U.S. and Canada. Search annually for updated lists of employers accepting H1B visa holders. Sort lists by state, industry, and job title. This site also contains information about work authorizations, searching for jobs, and information about a variety of industries.
- E-Verify is a program run by the U.S. government used mostly by employers to check employee records and eligibility. Search for employers that provide work authorization and sponsorship.
- Boston Career Forum is an annual job recruiting event that has hundreds of employers who are looking to hire Japanese-English bilingual students and professionals, including those who have study abroad experience. Their events are held in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Osaka, London, Sydney, and Shanghai.
- MIT European Career Fair (ECF) is an annual recruiting event in Boston/Cambridge, organized by members of the European Club at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The mission is to connect thousands of top-tier US students and young professionals with up to 100 European companies, universities and non-profit organizations and to inform folks about career opportunities in Europe.
- Career Nation is an online database that has job postings and resources to connect professionals from Africa and the U.S.
- International Alumni Job Network (IAJN) connects international education and global employment opportunities. IAJN is a social enterprise that connects international students and alumni with global job and internship opportunities and engages with industry and events that unite the international community.
- Jobware is a German job search engine that allows you to search for jobs in a variety of industries, including information technology, engineering, marketing, or sales.
- JobStreet.com is the number 1 job site in Singapore, with more than 50,000+ job postings in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
- Latpro is an online employment site dedicated to bringing diversity to the American workforce. It has been posting Spanish bilingual and Hispanic jobs since 1997 and diversity jobs and job search engines since 2006.
- Recruit Net is an international job search site with jobs listed in more than 20 countries all over the world.
- DiversityInc. lists the top 50 companies recognized for diversity every year.
- GlobalMe School is an online career resource that will provide you with the tools needed to succeed in the U.S. workplace. Navigate the U.S. job search by exploring the “The International Job Search Guide designed to assist international students in understanding American employers, the value you possess as an international student, and how to be an active job seeker. GlobalMe School also provides select free courses on how to “Improve your American Small Talk,” “How To Talk to Employers About Study Abroad,” and “How to Find U.S. Companies that Offer H-1B.”
- International Student Careers provides students with online career resources and workshops designed specifically for international students. You have access to infographics such as “How to Find a Job as an International Student” that illustrates a detailed step-by-step guide to help you navigate the H-1B job search process.
- 51Job.com is an online database with job listings for students who are looking to focus their job search in China.