Overseas career guide: Tips to land a dream job in the USA

How to prepare for your dream job in the US

Are you preparing to land a job in the US? Before you go ahead to apply for a US work permit visa, it’s best for you to learn about the skills the employers in the country are seeking and what steps are to be taken to realize your dream.

As for the qualities US companies are seeking in candidates applying for their jobs, some interesting findings were made by a job outlook survey conducted by NACE in 2020.

Apart from a strong GPA and a major deemed relevant, there are the following important attributes companies look for in candidates:

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Analytical/quantitative skills
  • Leadership
  • Communication skills (written and verbal)

Here are some other important points to keep in mind while getting ready to work in USA. These can guide you in the right direction and help you get clarity on what to do to get career growth in the USA.

  • You will need to spend at least 5 hours a week for 6-9 months to get employed in the USA. The time will be spent on building a good network with professionals and people with connections with US companies and job-hunting.
  • Develop a good writing outreach, write thank you emails, have frequent meetups and chats, and demonstrate a true interest in the opportunity you are looking for.
  • Connect your skills, values, and interests with various industries and job roles to round-up on the best options you can find.
  • Use job-centric websites like LinkedIn, your college job site, or job-boards like indeed.com to find the right opportunities available.
  • Remember to create a custom search and set up email notifications on online job sites to update you about the new opportunities as they come up.
  • Use the keyword feature provided by sites like LinkedIn to optimize your resume uploads online. These keywords will be useful when companies look for candidates.
  • If you can get referrals from colleagues, clients, or professionals in your network which will increase the chances of your resume getting shortlisted for an interview.
  • Practice well to perform your best in the interview. Do mock interviews, get guidance from experts in your network, or get guidance from online resources.

So, start with these points in mind and keep going till you get it all right, giving you the confidence to move on to get selected for a dream job opportunity in the US.

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NACE – National Association of Companies and Employers

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