Hello, welcome to the Job Hunting for International Students Series. I will give some tips on how you as a 4 year-degree seeker can secure a job after college.
Part 3: Networking
The truth is, most jobs are attained through networking, simply because people tend to remember a face and a conversation more than a piece of paper. Please see https://reason.kzoo.edu/ccd/resources/ and view the tips for networking.
- Make a list of all the career fairs in your area. You can do this by google searching ‘career fair Michigan’ are something like that.
- Talk to your career counselor about any events where you are meet professional (for example, K College has quarterly Passions to Professions where you can have a conversation with a professional from various fields)
- LinkedIn is your best friend. You can search for recruiters from your field and send them a message via linkedIn or email introducing yourself, and asking some questions about the company – hire dates, type of jobs offered, visa sponsorship etc.
- If you met a professional in any field, even the ones you are disinterested in, don’t forget to follow up with them with a quick email! Chances are, he or she knows people in other fields and can get you connected with someone in your field.
Tip: SIGN UP FOR MEETUPS.COM. Here you can find several networking events going on in your area.
Tip: Print your own business cards for distribution at networking events. You can do so at http://www.vistaprint.com/
Sample networking emails are listed here: http://hls.harvard.edu/dept/opia/job-search-toolkit/networking-tips/sample-networking-emails-and-thank-you-notes/
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