Thursday, October 1, 2009

Finding Work in the United States of America as a Foreigner/Immigrant

There are many places to seek work in the U.S., and you can get in touch with many of them before arriving. To help you we have compiled a list of the most useful.

Newspapers and Magazines

Find jobs in the classified sections of newspapers (often on Sunday), weekly and monthly magazines, and specialized trade publications. If you're looking for high-level working nationally, it is best to look in the Saturday editions of newspapers like the New York Times ( or the Washington Post ( If you're looking for more standard work you can try local newspapers, which often also offer jobs.


In recent years the Internet has become one of the most important tools to find work in the U.S.. Internet applications are the preferred way of seeking employment for young graduates. Most job sites allow you to customize reports in which you specify from the sector to the area where you want to work. You can also post your resume on many websites for companies seeking certain profile can contact you.

The list of job portals is infinite, but the most important are,,,, and In recent years the high cost of ads on these portals have come into competition with free sites like Craig's List (, where increasingly more offers are published.

Public Employment Centers

There are about 2,000 public employment centers throughout the United States that are managed by the U.S. Employment Service and offer full database of job listings, free advice, training and other support. Unfortunately, many job offers that have these centers are for unskilled workers. Executive search firms prefer to lay their own ads or hiring a headhunter. Look for the address of the nearest center in the yellow pages.

Human Resources Consultants and Headhunters

The private recruitment consultants play a very important job in the U.S. market, especially for senior executives and (it is said that 70% of senior executives are hired through headhunters). Most of these consultants specialize in certain type of profile or in specific sectors and charge a fee to the company that often include a variable compensation in case of recruitment. Some consultants charge to candidates, although they are often of dubious reliability that enterprises offer little protection. Before paying anything to a consulting job, make sure you understand what you offer in return and find out if the consultant has permission in order. In general, we recommend you pay nothing, since we only charge consulting firms.

Employment Agencies

Some agencies make money by hiring workers who then "rented" to companies, usually as temporary. Recruitment agencies are often left with between 10 and 20% of your salary. In this situation, we recommend you do not pay any additional fees.

Job Fair

A good way to get an idea of the American labor market is going to a job fair. Fairs usually bring a lot of companies in a given sector. Some require that you send your resume in time for companies to look at them and decide who they want to interview. Besides getting information on different companies can usually arrange interviews in advance. Usually many job fairs are on college campuses, but you must first be a student to attend.

Speculative Applications

If you are interested in working for a specific company, you can send a speculative application. This usually involves a lot in the U.S. and worth trying. Personnel departments filed such requests and, if there is a place, review them before publishing an advertisement or hire an agency.

Applications in Person

In some cases (especially for unskilled jobs), go to the company and introduce yourself, two things can happen: (a) you will be asked to call a human resource number or (b) they like your initiative and stay with your data for future vacancies.

Chambers of Commerce

You can also contact the chamber of commerce of your country in the U.S.. The chambers of commerce often receive job offers from companies looking to hire someone of his country, and some have even vacancy database. Some chambers of commerce also have a list of companies in your country with U.S. business, and how are you offices often require expatriates in the U.S., may be worth sending a speculative application.


Having contacts is the most effective method to find work. We recommend that you take advantage of any contact, as friends, colleagues, classmates, and even your home. Sometimes even mere acquaintances can help. The persistence and confidence are vital ingredients for an effective job search.

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