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Job hunting Rule 16: Job Hunting under OPT


In this issue, I will give advice for international students who have graduated from college in the US and are searching for jobs under OPT (Optional Practical Training) status.


For people searching for jobs under OPT, an important concern is whether the company will sponsor their H-1 visa. However, even if the company does not plan to sponsor, depending on your performance there are some cases in which conditions will change. So, rather than giving the impression that you are seeking a visa, please appeal to the fact that you are serious about looking for a job.

職種に関しては、常に企業サイドから求められているのは、セールス、カスタマーサービス、アカウンティングのポジションです。しかもネイティブに近い英語を話すバイリンガルの需要が高まっています。 最初からフルタイムで雇用されることが難しいという現状もあります。その場合はたとえ最初はテンポラリーでも挑戦してみてはいかがでしょうか。その方の意欲と実績次第で、テンポラリーから正社員へのオファーを受けるケースも少なくありません。

Regarding occupation, companies’ corporate sides always require sales, customer service, and accounting. In addition, the demand for English speakers at the near-native level is growing. These days it is also difficult to find companies that will hire full-time employees from the start. In that case, how about taking on the challenge of a temporary position first? There are many cases in which a temporary worker receives full time offers for employment based on their motivation and performance.

現在、人を採用するという点において企業は慎重になっています。しかし、その企業の姿勢を変えるのもあなた自身だということを忘れないでください。 ぜひ前向きな姿勢で就職活動に臨んでください。

These days, companies are cautious in hiring new people. However, please do not forget that you have the ability to change the company’s position. By all means, please face your job search with a positive attitude.

照子は人が大好きです。From 照子ワインバーグ(TWI代表)
Teruko loves people. From Teruko Weinberg of TWI.


Job hunting Rule 16: Job Hunting under OPT

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