Posted by Huiqiang Zhao on
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
There is no guarantee for any international students to find a job in the tough economy unless you are very lucky. The most effective way for me to get a job is the combination of networking and hardworking. Career consultants all agree that more than 80% of positions never go public. Hiring managers all prefer references. As far as I know about international students who got job offers in US in the recent years, they all had certain connection with the company they went to. Therefore, networking, networking, and networking. I added Seattle University Alumni who work at my target firms in LinkedIn, asking them for informational interview and following up with them. I joined every social event at Albers school and Accounting Department to build relationships with many professionals. I told faculties, career advisors, friends, as well as friends’ friends that I was looking for a job, and asked them to refer me whenever they know a suitable opening for me. Albers faculty members and the consultant in the Albers Placement Center all greatly helped me while I was doing job hunting.
If it is hard for international students to work as an intern outside of school, working as a student assistant at school is a very good idea. Although working and studying at the same time will bring you a tight schedule, the experience is definitely worth it. I learned great organizational, interpersonal and leadership skills while working as a Graduate Assistant for the Graduate Program Office. Such experiences allowed me to come up with vivid and convincing examples that managers in accounting firms like to hear during interviews.
Last but not least, opportunities indeed go to those well prepared students. First, keep working hard and networking. Second, look for different learning opportunities to improve skills such as mock interview, resume review, internships, community events, mentor fair and so forth. When your profile is strong enough, I believe job Offers will come to your door.
Written by (Julia) Qian Deng, MPAC student, anticipating to graduate in June 2011, Albers Business School