Although job listings and employer websites are effective, international students should target employers who may be more interested in them than to just applying generally to positions. Two additional approaches may be helpful.
Learn about opportunities outside of traditional job postings. Develop relationships with people who are then helpful in the job search.
LinkedIn is an online professional networking site. Users can search for people, employers and groups. Join the Official University of Nebraska-Lincoln LinkedIn group to find alumni from your home country or academic background. Reach out to them for their advice. Also join groups related to your targeted career field, academic background, or industry.
I am a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and will graduate in May with my masters in agronomy. I saw on LinkedIn that you also graduated from UNL in agronomy. I was wondering if you would be willing to speak with me in person, over the phone, or via email about your experiences and any advice you have about entering the field of agronomy?
Dear Xiao Shen,
I will soon graduate from UNL with my bachelor’s degree in actuarial science. My professor, Sue Vagts, gave me your name and said we should connect since we have the same major and are from the same town in China. Would you be willing to connect with me to discuss my job search?
I am a junior in finance from Brazil and am seeking an internship in the United States. As your organization also has locations in Brazil, I thought this would be a good organization for me to research. Do you have ideas about who would be a good person for me to contact about internships? Hope to hear from you.
International students may have greater success when approaching employers who:
- Have locations in the student’s home country
- Seek to expand partnerships in the student’s home country
- Hired international students in the past
Uniworld can be accessed through Husker Hire Link . This resource allows the user to search U.S. employers with foreign locations and foreign employers with U.S. locations by country, industry, and many other criteria.
The organizations listed below hired UNL students under Academic Training, CPT, or OPT in the past 5 years. This does not mean they will do so again; do thorough research to determine their current hiring policies and needs.