Career Resources for International Students

Career exploration and advancement are closely tied to one’s intersections of identity. The best Northeastern resource for career-related topics will be the Office of Employer Engagement and Career Design. Reach out to them for support in coaching groups and the Career Studio, which can provide one-on-one support to questions and tailored resources. They also offer many different coaching labs, which you can RSVP for here or on NUworks.
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Many offices at Northeastern will help you with identity related resources. NU PLACE has partnered with the following group to provide support for students and alumni to develop and achieve your career goals:

Northeastern also offers the help within the Office of Global Services. There you can find forms, tips, and other helpful information. Check out the main Career Resources page for more resources.

An American internship, co-op, or even a credible volunteer experience in your field can be extremely important in being employed post-graduation in the United States. If co-op is included in your program or curriculum, and you are interested in participating, please meet with your co-op advisor first. For general information about co-op, please see the following:

10 Tips for International Students Seeking Co-op, Internships, or Jobs

Check out Employer Engagement and Career Design. They offer resources on every aspect of the American job search process, from interviewing and networking to resumes and cover letters. Carefully review their guides.

Attend Coaching Labs. Please check the calendar for specific dates and times. If you’re doing a U.S.-focused job search attend International Student Job Search Strategies, available live and on canvas, and Navigating Cross Cultural Differences in the American Job Search which is available on Canvas. For a non-U.S. job search, see Navigating the Home Country Job Search for International Students, available on Canvas.  Also, look for workshops specifically for international students, often designated INTL (international) on the calendar.

  1. NUworks – Use this to find internships and job opportunities
  2. Goin Global – Use Goin Global’s country and city guides for the US and overseas job and internship listings, H-1B employers, and an employer directory featuring 400,000+ companies in many countries. For access, you may need to log into NUworks first, then go to “Resources” and go to Goin Global from there.
  3. Big Interview – Use this to practice interviewing at your convenience. A Northeastern email is required for logging in.
  4. Explore Localized, a new provider that links candidates with employers, thought leaders, and mentors in specific – and expanding – areas of the world! Students can explore a wide range of career paths and gain the insights you need to be successful, connect with global professionals from leading companies who are ready to answer your career questions, and find job and internship opportunities! For interested students the steps to participate in any of the content and services that Localized has to offer, take the following steps:

    1. Go to: where they should sign up and create their profiles.
    2. Once they create a profile, they should download the app
    3. App Store: Google Play:
  5. VMock, is a 24-7 online resume-review tool, that leverages data-science, machine learning, and natural language processing to provide instant personalized feedback on your resume based on criteria gathered from employers and global best practices. VMock is designed to work with resumes from many different fields across various industries.
  6. – This website lets you learn which employers have utilized H-1B visas for a three-year period and provide other excellent resources.
  7. Voice Analyst – Use this to see your intonation and volume visually. This will help you practice English.
  8. USCIS H-1B Cap – Use this to monitor the USCIS H-1B visa cap. USCIS will allow you to monitor the number of available H-1B visas and provides helpful information.
  9. WASP-free program for speech analysis – Provided by the University College London, this app will record you and show intonation and pitch. This can help you match American style pitches and inflections.
  10. Career and Job Search Guide – This provides overviews, job titles, employers, industries, internships, co-ops, and resources within different areas of study.
  11. International Alumni Success Panel – Part 1 and Part 2

Attend Talent Connect. Make sure to go to the Talent Connect workshops and review the Career Fair and Hiring Event Success Tips guide on Employer Engagement and Career Design’s website. Be sure to know and be able to explain your visa clearly for the employers.

Utilize Northeastern resources for improving your English, as well as other helpful resources. The most successful international students are communicators with strong verbal and non-verbal communication and interpersonal abilities. Understanding American social interaction and culture can be an important success factor in interviewing and being competitive for positions. If you are in the Boston area, utilize these resources: Off-Campus English Language Resources for Improving your English.

Practice your English by joining peer organizations. These will provide you with the opportunity to practice the English language and social behaviors. Join an organization that has American student members. For a list of organizations, click here.

Build a network and learn to connect. Networking is the number 1 way people find positions. Be sure to utilize your existing network and gain connections in areas where you would like to work, whether that’s in Boston, Charlotte, Seattle or Silicon Valley, or another area within the U.S., or London, Toronto, or Vancouver. LinkedIn is a great resource. Use the Linkedln hashtag – Who is hiring in Canada to learn more about Canadian employers. Learn about resources that make networking easier, such as LinkedIn, NUsource or Professional Associations. Try joining the Northeastern University International Students and Alumni Group on LinkedIn! Attend both of the Employer Engagement and Career Design LinkedIn coaching labs in order to build your strongest profile and leverage the power of LinkedIn for networking.

Search widely and apply for jobs selectively. You will dramatically increase your success if you match your skills to the positions you are considering as well as network. Remember to attend Leading Your Job Search and International Student Job Search Strategies for international student-specific strategies and resources. Check out the Employer Engagement and Career Design calendar. Employer Engagement and Career Design recommends that you have a strong match between your skills, experience, and abilities and the positions for which you apply. Applying for positions where the match is not strong does not often yield as successful results.

Understand post-graduation employment options. Are you hoping to engage in Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation? The Office of Global Services offers comprehensive resources to assist you with your OPT application process including understanding the OPT timeline and choosing a start date. You can access this information as well as frequently asked questions here.

  • Have you accepted a job offer? Remember to report your employment information to OGS within the required reporting time. Are you curious about what information you need to report? Click here to learn about reporting requirements and how to maintain your F-1 status on OPT.
  • Immigration Attorney Presentation: H-1B and Additional Employment-Based Visa Options for After Graduation Employment (April 14, 2022). Scroll down to webinars and click on the with the passcode provided.
  • If you have any questions about OPT, please contact the Office of Global Services. Daily walk-in advising is available.

Conduct a two-country job search. Apply for positions in both the United States and your home country. Create a Plan B (a second option or backup plan) for after graduation. Evaluate where your best post-graduate employment opportunity exists and drop into the Career Design virtual or in person Career Studio to set yourself up for success! We hope these resources will be helpful to a two-country job search. Remember also to check out Navigating the Home Country Job Search for International Students coaching lab available on Canvas.

International Job Search Resources

  • CareerBuilder for International Jobs: Offers both CareerBuilder sites in Canada, France, Germany, Greece, India, Sweden, UK, and Vietnam, as well as nine niche job sites, and ability to search in over 100 countries
  • CareerJet Worldwide: A U.K. based job search engine covering 90 countries. Select the CareerJet Worldwide tab to see a full list of countries and search in the local language. The company also owns two branches focusing on the Spanish speaking markets (Opcionempleo) and the French speaking markets (Optioncarriere).
  • DevNetJobs: This site provides a comprehensive list of jobs in the international development sector, including NGOs, UN organizations, non-profits, funding agencies and foundations in developing countries. It’s supplementary to which focuses on U.S. based non-profit positions.
  • Glassdoor: This site provides access to jobs in multiple countries as well as to information about companies and salaries.
  • GoinGlobal: This site provides international job seekers with country-specific career and employment guides for more than 40 countries and city guides all around the world as well. Job search resources, industry and employment trends, top companies, networking resources, work permits and visas, and resume/CV guidelines are provided. GoinGlobal also provides a job search engine services for 63 countries.
  • GradConnection: This site provides career opportunities mainly in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Africa, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • Indeed Worldwide: This is a U.S. based search engine for job listings worldwide. It provides free access to millions of jobs and internships from thousands of job boards, newspaper classifieds and company websites in 63 countries across 5 continents. Local languages are available for users.
  • features jobs for an international career and other overseas or international employment opportunities for professionals, expatriates and adventure seekers. Search for international and overseas jobs worldwide.
  • JobRank: This site offers a host of resources including job sites by Geo Area or by country, as well as World Top 100 Job Sites, World Top 100 Job Boards, World Top 100 Recruiters & Headhunters, and World Top 100 Temporary Staffing Agencies and an A-Z list of world job sites.
  • Localized: This is a global talent platform that connects university students and alumni with employers and industry experts from 60+ markets across emerging markets in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. You can access to career development workshops, industry insights, and virtual career fairs while employers have the opportunity to showcase their company, open job opportunities and build a qualified talent pipeline.
  • Monster International: This site connects users to jobs in 14 countries.
  • TechMeAbroad: This online job posting resource lists available opportunities with tech startups and tech companies who will recruit from abroad.
  • Localized: This is a global talent platform that connects university students and alumni with employers and industry experts from 60+ markets across emerging markets in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. You can access to career development workshops, industry insights, and virtual career fairs while employers have the opportunity to showcase their company, open job opportunities and build a qualified talent pipeline.
  • Jobs List Nigeria: The leading provider of recruitment resources committed to connecting Job Seekers to employers.
  • Career Junction: Career Junction provides South African job seekers, agencies and employers with reliable insights into salary levels and online labor supply and demand trends.
  • China HR: This is one of the earliest comprehensive job sites in China with focus on international talent. A new section is added to the website for Chinese students returning from studying abroad. The company also works with institutions globally to bring employers to campus for recruiting events.
  • Contact Taiwan: Operated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan, this site provides various kinds of information on employment opportunities located in Taiwan as well as Taiwanese companies overseas.
  • This site serves foreigners looking for jobs in China. All information is available in English. Select the Classifieds tab to view jobs in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. It also provides information on living in China.
  • Job Korea: Bought by in 2005, this site has been the most influential job site in South Korea. Job listings range from part-time, entry-level, mid-career to executive search firm positions. All information is in Korean.
  •  Lockinchina: This is a comprehensive recruiting service provider for Chinese returnees, including job boards, career fairs, job search guidance with additional for-fee features.
  • Peoplenjob: This is a major job site for foreign companies operating in South Korea. All information is in Korea. It’s suitable for both Korean natives and foreign job seekers fluent in Korean.
  • A leading human resource agency in China with comprehensive recruiting services and an online job board. It has a large job database for Chinese candidates with an “abroad” label to search for overseas positions. All information is in Chinese.
  • Zhaopin: Founded as a head hunting agency, Zhaopin provides similar features as 51jobs and it’s also one of the largest job search platforms. All information is in Chinese.
  • Zhimaqiao: One of the earliest job sites that focus on Chinese students returning from studying abroad. All information is in Chinese.
  • A comprehensive human resource agency founded in Taiwan and expanded to China mainland. Job listings cover not only Taiwan but also the pan-Asia area.
  • It’s one of the oldest and the largest portals for employers and job seekers in India. It was launched in 1997 and became the biggest job website in India according to ratings and reviews.
  • It is one of the leading job portals both for job seekers and recruiters in India. It works for different industries and cooperates with well-known companies in India.
  •  TimesJobs: This India-based job portal has a great number of jobs in different fields. You can also include your CV for recruiters to notice you.
  • FreshersWorld: This job portal was designed for so-called freshmen – young job seekers, in India. Company recruiters appear not to require high-developed skills and outstanding experience. There are also tools and programs to improve your competitiveness as a candidate.
  • Employment News: Employment News is the flagship weekly job journal from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. The job journal provides information related to job vacancies for central and state government organizations, banks, and educational institutions. It also provides information on job-oriented training programs, admission notices related to job-oriented exams and results of recruitment exams.
  • Magnet Today: A not-for-profit social innovation platform that connects Canadians to opportunities. Magnet is for job seekers of all backgrounds and levels of experience to find their next opportunity.
  • Government of Canada: Explore jobs plus Canadian-specific trend analysis for occupations, wages, career prospects and more.
  • This site indexes jobs directly from employer websites and contains reviews posted about employers across Canada as part of Canada’s Top 100 Employers project which also includes employers grouped by diversity, environmental values, family-friendly, and other identity as well as values or location groupings.
  • CharityVillage: CharityVillage is the top Canadian source for Canada non-profit jobs, non-profit news, non-profit funding, non-profit training and more.
  • Federal internship program for newcomers: The Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) Program offers eligible newcomers a chance to gain valuable temporary work experience and training opportunities with Canadian federal, provincial and municipal organizations.
  • LMI Explore: Click on Job Postings to search current postings by occupation and geographic area within Canada
  • Simply Hired: SimplyHired Canada helps millions of people find great jobs and love what they do every day.
  • TalentEgg: Find meaningful jobs. Explore career paths. Check out helpful resources.
  • TRIEC Mentoring Partnership: A great program for international students in Canada looking for professional support.
  • Subscribe to Get Hired Canada Newsletter
  • Academic Transfer: A Netherlands based job board with focus on international academic and research opportunities.
  • FindAPostDoc: This site advertises jobs for new and recently qualified PhD graduates Worldwide. The job database focuses on research, faculty and administrative positions mostly in a higher education institution. The discussion forum may provide helpful tips for international academic job seekers.
  • HiBrain: More than 95% universities in South Korea post faculty, researcher, and administrator positions on this website managed by a research group in South Korea. Fluency in Korean is required to navigate the website. It provides opportunities to native Koreans and foreigners with advanced degrees.
  • UniJobs: This job board is part of the Times Higher Education, a media company reporting news related to higher education and university ranking worldwide. The majority of the positions are at institutions in Asia and Australia.

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