New to the States? 4 Steps to Help You Transition into a New Career

 

If you are new to the United States, there’s a lot to get used to. You are adjusting to a new culture and possibly a new language. This is in addition to getting a job. Take these four steps to help start your new career in America.

 

Ensure You Have the Proper Visa

 

To work in the United States, you need to have a valid work visa. This is often obtained by an employer, but if you don’t yet have a job you will have to obtain one yourself. This document is officially known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and there are several different varieties. It is important to know what kind of work visa you need in order to get the type of job you are hoping for, so get that squared away first.

 

Put a Resume Together

 

To start applying for jobs in the US, you will need to put together a resume. A resume should be customized for every application and it needs to display relevant work history. If English is not your first language, it might be a good idea to get resume writing assistance. This will help to ensure that there are no errors on your resume that could prevent employers from looking twice at your candidacy.

 

Interact with People

 

Interacting with others will serve a number of purposes. It will improve your professional network which will help you land a job. It will improve your English if English is not your native language. You also might make some new friends. Immersion is the best way to learn a new language, and you immerse yourself by talking with others at every opportunity. Improved language ability will help you land a job, as will knowing people.

 

Practice Interviews

 

If English is not your first language, the prospect of acing an employment interview is likely daunting. There are a number of professional services that can help you practice interviewing for jobs. Familiarize yourself with common interview questions and prepare your answers. Always remember to ask some questions of your own. These should be tailored to each company where you interview. Asking questions will help you determine whether this job is a good fit for you. It will also demonstrate initiative and inquisitiveness to potential employers, which are desirable traits.

 

Foreigners looking to work in the US have some extra obstacles to getting a job. However, it is doable with some hard work and perseverance. Soon, you will be settled into your new job and your new country.

 

By:Hannah Whittenly

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Hannah / Freelance Writer


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