留学生疫情期间找工作难?给你6个小贴士!

作为一名国际学生并不容易。如今,经济、COVID-19、政治、移民和世界状况似乎都在发生翻天覆地的变化。留学生面临毕业并找到第一份工作的压力越来越大。
随着成千上万的人申请失业救济,如何打入这个不可预测的就业市场呢?当务之急是在经济衰退期间不要失去希望,继续找工作并保持人脉联络。这里有六个简单的方法可以让你保持人际关系,找到工作,并且在你的职业生涯中获得提升。
 
1. 保持灵活性
许多国际学生和初次求职者对他们的第一份工作会是什么样子有一个设想。这个想法可能是对的,但是你可能需要一些转折和曲折才能实现这个目标。例如,尽管许多国际学生可能已经下定决心找一份全职工作,并享有全部工作福利,但现在可能是时候考虑一份为期6个月的实习,或者寻找一份短期合同,直到企业再次开始招聘更多的全职职位。
 
2. 改变你的期望
我的许多学生告诉我,他们正在发送简历,但他们没有得到太多回复。我请他们考虑调整自我期望。他们必须过的某个工作职位,即使那里可能并不是你一开始想去的,但可以获得经验。这并不是要你忽视你的最终职业目标,而是换个角度,想想哪些职位能够为你提供所需的技能和专业知识,让你更接近理想的工作。或者你可以对工作地点更开放一些。也许你想在曼哈顿或芝加哥工作,但在匹兹堡或迈阿密,你找到的职位更适合你。或者即使你想搬走,离家更近的地方有更多的机会。无论你毕业后去了哪里,你都不必永远住在那里,现在在一个意想不到的地方找份工作可以让你在你希望以后定居的城市里找到一个角色。
 
3. 专注于你的技能
我经常告诉学生们不要专注于他们想要的工作,而是应该专注于行业里所需的技能。有必要思考一下,在当前的经济形势下,如何利用他们在大学课程、过去的实习、暑期或半工半读、甚至是志愿工作中学到的技能。请记住,无论你现在什么职位,你都可以利用这段经验来帮助你转换到你最初想要的那个角色—可能你会发现另一条让你更兴奋的道路。
 
4. 人脉,人脉,人脉!
与你已经相对熟悉的人接触,让他们在有相关工作机会时通知你,这点非常重要。开始询问你认识的人中你感觉自在的人,例如,你最喜欢的教授,实习主管,甚至家人和朋友都可以让他们知道你在积极地寻找工作。比起找工作,更加专注于保持联系和讲故事是很重要的。这可能看起来有些违反直觉,也可能不会马上产生工作机会,但是你会引起人们的注意,并为未来职业生涯的建立和发展奠定基础。
 
5. 杰出
在 LinkedIn 上发送100个一键式的申请表看上去有效率,但是要找到一份工作,你必须清楚自己在寻找什么,以及为什么想要这份工作。在如今的虚拟世界里,假设你发起一个短暂的线上聊天,写一封私人的,做了充分研究的电子邮件。不要问别人的想法,而要更具体一点,明确你想要学习和讨论的话题。更具体地说明你希望从这些会议中得到什么,并准备好深思熟虑的问题,这将有助于你从寻求建议的其他人中脱颖而出。同样重要的是要表明你只是在社交方面做了工作,而且这也应该反映在你的求职信和面试中。不要只是说你想为公司工作,让他们知道你为什么想为公司工作。你熟悉他们的工作,他们的挑战,以及最近的消息,但最重要的是,一定要告诉他们你可以能为公司或团队做什么贡献。不要忘记,公司最感兴趣的是你能做什么以及为什么你是这份工作的最佳人选。所以要确保你能胜任这份工作。
 
6. 不断更新你的技能
当潜在雇主了解你在这场流行病期间是如何度过时间的时候,表明你在扩展知识将特别有用。有必要表现出你的工作效率,所以准备好谈论你参加的在线课程,你做过的志愿者工作,或者你读过的书。
 
今年是艰难的一年,尤其是对国际学生来说。我们不知道这场流行病、社交疏远和经济危机会持续多久。所以,让我们把注意力集中在我们能够控制的事情上去回应招聘广告,与我们的人际网络保持联系。
 
只要记住,将会面对很多的 no,但是重要的是不要把它个人化。专注于你可以做什么,什么可以做得更好,以及如何前进,一步一个脚印
英文原文:
Being an international student is not easy. Nowadays, graduating and looking for your first job can add to this pressure. Everything appears to be turning upside down, the economy, COVID-19, politics, immigration, and the state of the world.  
As millions file for unemployment, many first-time job seekers might be wondering how to break into this unpredictable job market. It is imperative not to lose hope and continue to look for work and stay connected during the economic downturn.
Here are six easy ways to keep networking, find work, and make advancement in your career.
1.Stay Flexible
Many international students and first-time job seekers have a vision of what they thought their first job would look like. That thought might still be right, but you might need to take some turns and twists to reach that goal. For example, while many international students might have their minds set on a full-time job with full benefits, it might be time to consider a six-month internship or fellowship or look for a short-term contract until businesses start hiring for more full-time positions again. 
2.Change Your Expectation
Many of my students tell me that they are sending out their resumes, but they’re not getting many replies. I ask them to consider adjusting their expectations. They must jump somewhere, even if it’s not where you want to be, to gain experience. This is not to say to ignore your final career goal, but alternatively, think about what other positions would give you the skills and expertise you need to get closer to your ideal jobs. Or maybe you can be more open-minded about job location. Perhaps you wanted to work in Manhattan or Chicago, but you see positions that are a better fit for you in Pittsburgh or Miami. Or even though you’ve wanted to move away, there are more opportunities closer to home. Wherever you end up right after graduation doesn’t have to be where you live forever, and a job in an unexpected location now could set you up for a role in the city you hope to settle in later.
3.Focus on Your Skills 
I often tell students instead of focusing on the job they want; they should focus on the industry most interested in the skill set they have built. It is essential to think about how the skills from their college courses, past internships, summer or work-study, or even volunteer work can be leveraged in the current economy. Keep in mind that whatever position you get now, you can use that experience down the road to assist you in shifting into the kind of role you initially had in mind – or you might discover another path you’re even more excited about. 
4.Network, Network, Network!
It is essential to reach out to people you already know relatively well and ask them to let you know if they find relevant opportunities. Start asking a list of people in your network you feel comfortable approaching; for example, your favorite professors, internship supervisor, even family members, and friends can let them know you are actively looking for a job. It is essential to be more focused on staying connected and telling your story than finding a job. It may seem counterintuitive, and it may not generate job offers right away, but you will be getting on people’s radar and laying the foundation to build and develop your career in the years to come. 
5.Standout
It is easy to feel productive and send out 100 one-click applications on LinkedIn, but getting a job requires you to get clear on what you are looking for and why you want it. In today’s virtual world, suppose you ask for a virtual coffee chat, write a personal and well-researched email. Don’t ask to pick someone’s brain. Be more specific and pinpoint the topics you’d like to learn about and discuss. Being more specific about what you hope to gain from these meetings and being prepared with thoughtful questions will help you stand out from others reaching out for advice. It is also essential to show that you have done your work only in networking, but also it should reflect in your cover letter and interview. Don’t just say you want to work for the company, Show them why you want to work for the company. You are familiar with what they do, their challenges, and recent news, but most importantly, make sure to tell them how you can offer the company or the team how you could contribute to the role you are applying for. Don’t forget; companies are most interested in what you can do and why you’d be the very best candidate for the job. So make sure you’d be for the job.
6.Constantly Update Your Skills
Expanding your knowledge will be particularly useful when potential employers aks how you spent your time during this pandemic. It is necessary to show that you were productive, so be ready to talk about the online courses you took, volunteer work you have done, or the books you have read. 
This is a tough year, particularly for international students. We don’t know how long the pandemic, social distancing, and the economic crisis will last. So let’s focus on what we can control, responding to job postings, and reaching out to our network.
Just keep in mind that there will be many NOes, but it is crucial not to take it personally… Stay focused on what you can do and can do better and how to move ahead, one step at a time.