Spotlight for Career Services ProfessionalsApril 17, 2013
by Shannon Kelly
How often do you find yourself meeting with a student from a foreign country? As the number of international students in the United States continues to rise, so does the pressure on these students to secure a job, as well as on us to help navigate the challenging search they face in today’s economy. Whether they seek a position in the states or back home, social media and technology are tools to understand hiring policies, learn trends in the international job market, identify international employers, and connect with alumni abroad.
Sounds fairly straight forward, right? Not necessarily. When you meet with an international student or present to a student group to discuss how technology can help them, you want to make sure your advice is not lost in translation. Whether you review their profile on LinkedIn or Google+, discuss one of the many tools other Tech Talk columnists have shared, or give a personal branding workshop, there are several areas to consider. Here are a few considerations I have found helpful for these conversations and workshops:
The job or internship search for international students is complicated. Social media and technology can help mitigate the complex process, but there are important factors to consider. How have you addressed the needs of your international students and their use of technology in a search?
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