Rockwell Career Center

MBA/MSF Global Job Search for International Student

Your international background is a huge advantage in today’s global economy. If your professional and academic backgrounds are from outside of the United States you may be intimidated by the differences in the American job search process. The Rockwell Career Center is here to help you understand the differences in global job search, the recruitment process, and marketing yourself. We offer workshops, webinars, 1:1 advising, roundtable discussions focused on the development and techniques for the global job search process.

Available Resources

Gateway:

1:1 Career Advising/Job Postings/On Campus Recruiting (OCR)/Interviews (Interview Stream)
Events/Career Fairs/Information Sessions/Workshops
Research links:

  • MintGlobal Research Database
  • Career Beam Industry Research
  • Business Journals Company Lists
  • Business Research at UH Library
MBA Focus Resume Book

Inclusion into MBA/MSF Resume Book with access to global employers

Career Research

Companies, industries, functions

Job Search Tips

It is important to utilize all job search strategies to find employment in the U.S.

  • Network with peers and recent alumni from your academic and professional organizations who were also international students, but are now employed in the U.S
  • Keep informed of the current laws regarding your immigration status, and be prepared to discuss with perspective employers
  • Practice your English language skills by practicing through classroom discussions, presentations, case competitions, student or professional organization involvement
  • Begin your job search process from day one, and organize multiple career plans
  • Join the International Student Roundtable (ISR) at Bauer in the Rockwell Career Center to assist in the development of your career opportunities

Resume Tips

Resumes in the U.S. are used as marketing tools. They are a high-level presentation of relevant knowledge, skills and abilities.

Resumes:
  • Include a brief summary, professional and academic experience as it relates to the position, education, and any additional, relevant, marketable information; only relevant experience is needed
  • Introduce employers to foreign companies and schools by providing a frame of reference (ex: One of top three universities in India or $30M technology company)
  • Can be presented in reverse chronological order or by function/skill set
  • Exclude any personal information – it is illegal for an employer to ask
  • Keep resume to one page for under 10 years of professional experience and two pages for 10+ years of professional experience
Things to Remember:
  • Include spoken languages and emphasize English language skills
  • Put action words into correct tense and confirm writing skills are up to American standards
  • Be consistent in font and font size; use bold, italics, underlining and outlining sparingly
  • Review for mistakes, misspellings, and grammatical errors
  • Do not put home address outside of U.S. when possible or your current visa status
  • Do not write in third person and do not use pronouns or articles (ex: an, a, I, me) or a resume template
  • Maintain relevant and current copies of resume in format and language of home country to serve as dual search and to pass onto contacts
Resources for Writing Resumes

Interview Tips

An interview is an opportunity to market skills and experiences.

Interviews:
  • Employers want to know why you want to work for their organization, and if you will fit within their corporate culture and to be able to show alignment between previous experience and career goals
  • Be assertive in discussing knowledge, skills and abilities and give examples of experiences relating to questions asked including leadership, teamwork, communication, strengths and weaknesses
  • The way you say something is key during the interview. Behavior, manners, attitude, etiquette, hygiene, and personality matter
  • Mock interview with a career advisor, business professional or online (Interview Stream) and practice communication skills by classroom participation, presentations, and interaction with peers
Things to remember:
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to appointment; eye contact is expected and shows confidence
  • Ask questions of interviewer, sit after being invited to sit, and show respect to all employees
  • Personal questions are illegal to ask by interviewer (ex: age, race, disabilities, national origin, marital status, visa status, native language, citizenship, etc.); however, they can ask if you are legally authorized to work in U.S., and if you need sponsorship now or in the future
  • Handshakes are a form of greeting and are used to communicate hello, and good-bye
  • Refrain from folding your arms as it implies closed to the conversation
  • Speak in a controlled voice and keep a positive facial expression
  • Do not bring backpacks or any extra items into an interview
  • Do not drink caffeinated drinks prior to interview because it can make you fidgety, and use breath mints
  • Do not wear perfume or cologne; however, do wear deodorant
Resources for Interviewing
Informational Interviews

Informational interviews help build relationships with hiring managers, gain access to the hidden job market, and provide insights about a career, industry or company.

Typical informational interview topics:
  • Strategic initiatives, challenges, projects, growth opportunities, career paths, demands of profession
  • Entering market, knowledge and skills, Resources available, suggestions, and recommendations
Things to remember:
  • Do not ask for a job and do not present a resume unless asked
  • Prepare questions, and research industry and company prior to meeting
  • Send a thank you note and follow up after the conclusion of the interview
Resources for Informational Interviews

Self-Marketing Tips

A highly effective channel for self-marketing is networking. The goal of networking is to build relationships, and it is an important part for any profession at any level.

Strengths from International Experience:
  • Multi-language abilities, and cultural and diversity awareness
  • Adaptability/flexibility in challenging situations
  • Willingness to relocate anywhere in U.S. or the world and multiple work permits/authorization)
Things to remember:
  • Consider your audience
  • Volunteering and getting involved leads to additional opportunities to meet people
  • Having coffee or meeting with peers, alumni or professionals allows for an informal conversation
  • Always follow up with people you meet, and do not burn bridges
Resources for Self Marketing

Etiquette and American Culture Tips

Learning to live in a new culture is never easy. Often times it may feel like riding a roller coaster; however, in time you will settle in. Observing others is one method in learning how to assimilate.

Etiquette and American Culture:
  • Turn off cell phones when in a meeting, at an event or dining with peers and professionals
  • When dining out wait for everyone to be served before beginning to eat
  • Tip appropriately – 15% for average service and 20% for great service. Tables with over 6 people will generally have the tip included on the bill
  • Dress appropriately for the industry in which you are applying for and do not wear revealing clothing, short sleeved shirts; clothes should always be neat and clean
  • If giving a presentation or attending a meeting wear business professional and when in doubt of proper attire choose business professional
  • Change is imbedded into American corporate culture and work hours tend to be long with less vacation days actually taken
  • Titles fluctuate within different organizations and cannot be assumed of same stature across all industries
Things to remember:
  • Have proper posture, do not apply make-up or fix hair at table, do not chew gum, and wear deodorant
  • Business casual does not mean sloppy; slacks and dress shirts are generally acceptable
  • Keep your sense of humor and when speaking get to the point, Do not arrive late for meetings
Resources for Etiquette and American Culture

Events

Upcoming Events:
  • Career Fairs
    • Bauer Internship Mixer: August 14, 2012
    • Bauer Community Engagement: September 13, 2012
    • Bauer Career Fair: September 19, 2012
    • Hilton College Career Fair: October 25, 2012 in the Astoria Ballroom, UH Hilton
    • College of Technology: (not posted yet)
    • College of Engineering: (not posted yet)
  • National Conferences
    • NAAMBA: September 13-15, 2012, Santa Clara, CA
    • NBMBAA: September 25-29, 2012, Indianapolis, IN
    • NSHMBA: October 4-6, 2012, Orlando, FL
    • APICS International: October 14-16, 2012, Denver, CO
    • MBAWI: October 18-20, 2012, Scottsdale, AZ
    • ISM Southwest SCM: October 24-26, 2012, Galveston, TX
Resources for Events

ISR

Fall 2012 - at a Glance
  • Networking at events and conferences
  • Informational interviews, resumes and interviews
  • Global job search, volunteerism, hidden job market
  • Peer and alumni mentoring
Resources for ISR

Spotlight

Alina Tkachova

MBA, May 2011
Supply Chain Professional in Oil & Gas industry

As an international student a few things which were important to career search success are:

Networking
In my school experience networking may have played a more substantial role than academia – since you are new in the country, not only do you not have any contacts, but also are unfamiliar with the networking environment. Take time to get to know your classmates, professors, professional organization members. Join the Board of a student organization, attend professional events and happy hours, see what’s relevant in the industry. Join industry professionals for lunch, ask for informational interviews, determine what makes them good in their field. All this will create a clearer image of what you want to end up with. Utilize professional social networks, job boards and referrals.

Preparation
Have a picture in mind of where you want to be and why you want to be there. Research the industry, research the company – know the goals and objectives, recent acquisitions, competitors, products etc. Go through financial statements, listen to investor calls, talk to the employees you may know. Understand and be able to explain what interests you mostly in the company and why you will be a good fit. Know more than other interviewees do, let your enthusiasm be seen; it won’t get unnoticed and yes, it does make a difference. Adjust your resume/cover letter according to each company and position – I had a two page resume that I modified into one according to the specifics of each job.

Mock Interviews
Have several practice sessions with different types of professionals, the more direct and straightforward – the better. Cover major types of behavioral and technical questions (practice cases if it’s consulting). Have different examples of your accomplishments – be ready to tell a brief, yet convincing story. Know questions patters and follow the answer structure, yet make sure the answers are authentic and not rehearsed.Get feedback and work to improve yourself.

Xie Cheng, MBA

MBA, May 2012
Marketing Professional in Technology industry

Since you are now in United States, it is time to explore and enjoy the culture here. Classroom is not the only place you learn knowledge. It is more important to build your network in different areas and learn from people around you. Opening your mouth and talking to people is the first step in building relationships, even if it means going beyond your comfort zone. Everything here is about networking.

Sid Dutta

MBA, May 2012
Supply Chain Professional in Oil & Gas industry

The importance of summer internships cannot be stressed enough. It is an invaluable resource to gain confidence in a professional work environment, especially in a foreign country. Mentorship programs sponsored by MBAWI and Bauer MBA Society are great tools for networking. I recommend joining these programs during the first year. 
Leverage past work experience and education - MBAs don't get hired just because they have an MBA. They are hired based on their past knowledge, and the potential management skills that may have been fine-tuned during the MBA. Don't be reluctant to start at an entry level position if changing industries. Past work experience will eventually pay off.