Excel Your Career With Our Top 5 Holiday Networking Tips

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Dear Coach Kwan,

This is my first year in the States after the pandemic and I will be graduating soon. I know networking is important, and I heard the holiday season could be a great time to network. How can I optimize this holiday seasons in the US for networking post-pandemic?

Introducing “Lift as We Climb”: Mentorship for Our Community

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Nobody achieves success alone. We all need communities of people to support, and who support us, to build each other up and provide unique and helpful insight. In this way, anyone can succeed. ICAway aims to support a community of international students, immigrants, and leaders who want to pay it forward.

“Lift as We Climb” Mentorship program seeks to help build students’ ability to create mentor/mentee relationships.

True Stories: Turning Job [Rejections] Into Job [Offers]

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Hear the journeys of three international job candidates who overcame barriers and landed their dream jobs in the US. By Amanda Rosenberg There is a clear disparity that international students and immigrants in the US face when finding jobs. From lacking knowledge on the US job system to work permits (CPT/OPT/H-1B) to not having professional […]

What To Do When Your 90-Day OPT Unemployment Is Running Out

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Five Steps To Take If You Are Unemployed Under Optional Practical Training (OPT) I get a lot of messages from international students such as the one above as their 90-day OPT unemployment allowance period comes to an end. Many new graduates hoped that three months would be enough time to secure a job offer. Unfortunately, […]

3 Steps to Getting Referrals from Your Connections

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Dear Coach Kwan, This pandemic has made job searching so competitive. I am so torn by online job applications that don’t yield results. You taught us about building meaningful connections with US professionals, and you advised we should not ask for jobs right away when connecting with people. I try to follow your advice, but […]

Virtual Career Fairs: Three Tips for Success

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Dear Coach Kwan, I never find career fairs helpful for me, as I hardly get to meet with companies who want to sponsor me. However, my career advisors advised me to attend, and I wanted to give it a try. Since everything is still happening virtually because of the pandemic, I’m not sure how to […]

International Students’ Stories: Career Fair Strategy

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I had the pleasure of meeting Uyen when I was at the Vong Tay Nuoc My 6 (VTNM6) Career Conference in Chicago. I was a mock interview coach, and Uyen was part of one of the VTNM6 committees. She impressed me with her authenticity, charisma, and intelligence. Uyen is a former international student who successfully […]

Questions International Students Should (and Should Not) Ask at Career Fairs

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Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Career fairs can be tricky for students to navigate – you want to sell yourself to companies while also getting answers to important questions. So, what questions should you ask and what should you avoid asking at a career fair? 1. Never ask: “Do you sponsor H-1B? or Do you hire students […]