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International Student Career Workshop Series


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Programming: International Student Career Workshop Series -8/3/09

Programming: International Student Career Workshop Series -8/3/09

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  • 1. Fall & Spring Workshop Series Presentation
  • 2. Fall Series- Resume Writing
    • The Resume Writing workshop will discuss the main elements of the U.S. resume including:
      • Formatting & Appearance
      • Heading
      • Objective
      • Education
      • Professional Experience
      • And additional components including skills, professional memberships, leadership activities, and honors
      • Reference Page
  • 3. Fall Series-Resume Writing
    • Instructions will be given on items ranging from proper font size & style to the correct resume paper to use in the U.S. job market.
    • Students will be shown how to highlight their skills such as foreign language, computer proficiencies and additional components like industry specific associations
    • Students will receive resume critiques from employers and participating staff
  • 4. Fall Series- Resume Writing
    • International students will also receive a presentation from the mental health counselor on cultural awareness topics to help them when composing their resume such as:
      • Providing a frame of reference when writing
      • Emphasizing strong English skills
      • Ensuring their resume is free of grammatical and spelling errors
      • Avoiding the use of awkward language
      • Have final resume reviewed by Career Counselor and ask for explanations about any changes
  • 5. Fall Series- Resume Writing
    • Additional topics the mental health counselor will discuss during cultural awareness segment
    • U.S. Resume vs. International CV
    • Resume : Chronological order, relevant jobs, education, skills, accomplishments, generally 1-page in length, does NOT include personal information like age, marital status, religion, and less frequently includes military service
    • CV : Explains academic, formal work experience, certifications, sometimes 2-pages + in length, often mentions military service
    • Workshop planning in progress, content may change
  • 6. Fall Series-Plan for the Interview
    • Plan for the Interview workshop will discuss the main elements of the U.S interview like:
      • The Purpose of the Interview
      • Types of Interviews
      • Professional Attire for Men & Women
      • What to Avoid in General
      • During the Interview
      • Types of Questions
      • After the Interview
      • Resources
  • 7. Fall Series-Plan for the Interview
    • Types of Interviews:
      • Screening
      • Telephone
      • Individual
      • Panel/Committee
      • Lunch/Dinner
    • Types of Questions:
      • Open-ended
      • Qualifications
      • Proven successes
      • Behavioral
      • Opinion
      • Off-beat
  • 8. Fall Series-Plan for the Interview
    • In general, avoid:
      • Wrinkled, dirty or ill-fitting clothing
      • Revealing clothes (plunging necklines, exposed midriffs, and skirts above the knee when sitting)
      • Excessive jewelry
      • Visible tattoos or piercings
      • Excessive cologne or perfume
  • 9. Fall Series-Plan for the Interview
    • International students will also receive a presentation from the mental health counselor on cultural awareness topics to help them when preparing for their U.S. interview:
      • Organization of thoughts first
      • Slowing down speaking speed
      • Don’t be embarrassed to ask the recruiter to repeat or confirm the question
      • Practice rearticulating
      • Schedule a mock interview
      • Don’t offer information
  • 10. Fall Series-Plan for the Interview
    • Additional topics the mental health counselor will discuss during cultural awareness segment
      • Communication styles
      • Social interaction
      • U.S. interviews and concept of “Self-Promotion”
      • Keeping an open mind
      • Stress management
      • Time management (punctuality)
      • Maintaining good eye contact
      • Body language
      • Personal space
  • 11. Fall Series-Plan for the Interview
    • What to expect on the U.S. interview…
      • Being late will be a problem
      • Eye contact shows interest and confidence
      • YOU will do most of the talking
      • Age, race, marital status and religion are illegal questions and should not be discussed
      • Promote your skills and accomplishments
      • Research the employer ahead of time
      • Acceptable to ask when you will hear back from the employer
  • 12. Fall Series-”Employer Do’s & Don’ts”
    • The “Employer Do’s & Don’ts” workshop will be broken down into three main segments:
      • 40 minute Employer Panel
      • 30-40 minute Open-Forum Student Q&A Session
      • Networking Session
    • Fifteen employers, who hire international students, were invited to attend the workshop panel. An e-mail and follow-up phone call was made to ensure they were attending the event.
  • 13. Fall Series-”Employer Do’s & Don’ts
    • Panel:
      • Recruiters from each employer will give real life examples and “Do’s” and “Don’ts” tips from various categories pertaining to international students.
      • There will be a power point with a general guide of the following areas:
        • Application Mistakes
        • Interview Mistakes
        • Resume/Cover Letter Mistakes
        • Miscellaneous including physical appearance, interpersonal & communication skills
        • Career Fair & Networking
  • 14. Fall Series-”Employer Do’s & Don’ts
    • Open-Forum Q&A Session:
      • Students can ask specific questions regarding the material presented
      • Staff will have a list of questions prepared by the recruiters to ask to complement student questions
  • 15. Fall Series-”Employer Do’s & Don’ts
    • Networking Session:
      • Tables and corresponding name tag will be set up for each participating employer
      • Students will get the opportunity to practice what they learned in all the workshops to this point
      • Students learn true networking skills by meeting with real-life U.S. recruiters and making first impressions
  • 16. Fall Series-”Employer Do’s & Don’ts
    • Participating Employers:
      • State Farm
      • Geico
      • Enterprise
      • 3D Consulting
      • Boeing
      • Disney
  • 17. Fall Series- Employment Workshop
    • The Employment Workshop will discuss these elements of U.S. immigration including:
      • What is Employment
      • Employment Options
        • On Campus Employment
        • Off Campus Employment
          • Curricular Optional Training (C.P.T.)
          • Economic Hardship
          • Optional Practical Training (O.P.T.)
    • O.P.T. Extenstion
    • H1B Cap Gap
    • Career Related Resources Available
  • 18. Fall Series- Employment Workshop
    • For immigration purposes employment is:
      • Work performed in exchange for money, tuition, books, fees or other benefits like room and board
      • Volunteer work is now included in the definition of employment
    • Types of employment:
      • On Campus
      • Off Campus
        • C.P.T., Severe Economic Hardship, O.P.T.
  • 19. Fall Series- Employment Workshop
    • On-Campus Employment
      • Who is Eligible to Work?
      • Number of hours
      • Location
      • Not related to major
      • No Authorization
      • F/T enrollment
  • 20. Fall Series- Employment Workshop
    • Off Campus employment
      • Definition of C.P.T., Application Process, Summer/Fall Start Dates
        • Internships, Co-op, Work Study, Practicum
      • Eligibility
      • Number of Hours
      • Location
      • Related to Major
      • Authorization
      • F/T Enrollment
      • Cost/Credit Hours
      • Students Currently Employed
  • 21. Fall Series- Employment Workshop
    • C.P.T. is comparable to Experiential Learning
    • Emphasize the importance of Experiential learning by providing important facts
      • 21,000 students participated last year
      • Service-Learning 11,000 +
      • Co-ops ($$) 3,300 +
      • Internships ($) 6,700 +
      • Students with experience are 3 times more successful at entering their chosen profession!
  • 22. Fall Series- Employment Workshop
    • Experiential learning:
      • Directions to Apply
      • Eligibility Requirements
      • Meet with Experiential Coordinator
      • Office Locations
  • 23. Fall Series- Employment Workshop
    • Off Campus Employment
    • Resources to find positions:
      • Experiential learning
      • Internship Coordinators
      • Self-Search
  • 24. Fall Series- Employment Workshop
    • Severe Economic Hardship
      • Eligibility
      • Number of Hours
      • Location
      • Major can be unrelated
      • Authorization (DHS)
      • Restrictions
      • $340 Cost
      • Need Employment Authorization Card
  • 25. Fall Series- Employment Workshop
    • Optional Practical Training (O.P.T.)
      • What is O.P.T.
      • Eligibility
      • Number of Hours
      • Location
      • Related to the Major
      • Authorization
      • P/T or F/T Enrollment
      • $340 Cost
      • Time limits
  • 26. Fall Series- Employment Workshop
    • O.P.T. Overview
      • Required Items to Apply
      • Application Process
      • Summer/Fall Start Dates
      • Necessary Items While on O.P.T.
      • Reporting Requirements While on O.P.T.
      • Limited Period of Unemployment While on O.P.T.
      • 60 Days After O.P.T.
      • Concerns While on O.P.T.
      • 17 Month O.P.T. Extension
  • 27. Fall Series- Employment Workshop
    • Review of E-Verify System
      • Internet-based computer application system used to verify new employees
    • Review of O.P.T. extension process & reporting requirements while on O.P.T.
    • Discussion of “H1B Cap Gap”- There is a time limit or gap on time worked for a student considering all these variables:
      • H1B and F1 Visa
      • Authorization Needed
      • Qualifying Criteria
      • Expiration Date
      • Graduation Date
  • 28. Fall Series- Employment Workshop
    • Additional Student Resources:
      • International Services Center
      • Experiential learning
      • Career Websites
  • 29. Spring Series-Job Search Strategies
    • The Job Search Strategies workshop will discuss strategies for finding a job in the U.S including:
      • Know Thy Self
      • Job Market
        • Hidden vs. Open
      • Job Search Strategies
      • Research
      • Networking
  • 30. Spring Series-Job Search Strategies
    • Networking Strategies :
      • Co-op, Part Time Jobs, Internships, Volunteer, Service learning, Job Shadowing
    • Develop a list of contacts & maintain regular contact with them
    • Additional Networking Opportunities:
      • Career Fair, On-Campus Recruitment, Employment Prep Conference, Practice Interview Program, Professional Associations, Student Groups, Targeted Phone Calls/E-mails
  • 31. Spring Series-Job Search Strategies
    • International students will also receive a presentation from the mental health counselor on cultural awareness topics to help them when job searching such as:
      • Knowing immigration laws
      • Understanding your employment eligibility
      • Clarifying duration of employment seeking
      • Knowing available resources for international students
  • 32. Spring Series-Job Search Strategies
    • Additional cultural awareness issues include:
      • Firm handshake
      • Good eye contact with recruiter/interviewer
      • Maintain a positive attitude throughout
      • Be flexible when searching
      • Be assertive and discuss your accomplishments openly
      • Direct communication
      • Individual equality in race, sex, religion and age
  • 33. Spring Series-U.S. Career Fair
    • The U.S. Career Fair workshop will discuss strategies for working a U.S career fair like:
    • Before the Career Fair:
      • Identify which employers you will speak to
      • Apply to any positions you are interested in ahead of time  show you are proactive & interested
      • Research the company
      • Prepare your resume and bring several copies
      • Practice your “60 Second Elevator Speech”
      • Prepare your professional business attire
  • 34. Spring Series-U.S. Career Fair
    • During the Career Fair:
      • Do not walk in a group with friends.; walk independently to look more serious to recruiters
      • Make a good first impression  Smile, firm handshake and good eye contact
      • Use the “60 Second Elevator Speech” to introduce yourself
      • Tell the recruiter you applied to the position and ask specific questions
      • Obtain a business card and write notes on back
      • Use your research to demonstrate your knowledge of the company
      • Quiet or turn off your cell phone
  • 35. Spring Series-U.S. Career Fair
    • After the Career Fair:
      • Organize all business cards obtained
      • Send a brief thank you e-mail or card within 24 hours  If you applied to a position inquire about the status of your application
      • Apply to any additional job openings you found
  • 36. Spring Series-U.S. Career Fair
    • International students will also receive a presentation from the mental health counselor on cultural awareness topics to help them during the U.S. career fair such as:
      • Know VISA status and do not initiate VISA status during introduction
      • Focus on skills, education, experience and interest in the company
      • Discover if certain companies do/do not hire international students (non-U.S. citizens)
  • 37. Spring Series-U.S. Career Fair
    • Additional career fair tips for international students:
      • Know the latest immigration rules
      • Professional dress
      • Hygiene & clean, neat appearance
      • Avoid salary or benefits questions
      • If asked an illegal question, politely refuse or redirect back to the recruiter
      • Self-disclose
      • Self-promote
  • 38. Spring Series-Mock Interviews
    • The Mock Interviews workshop will discuss how to prepare for a mock interview such as:
      • Sign-Up Process
      • What Type of Mock Interview?
      • Location
      • Check-in Process
      • Mock Interview
        • What to Expect
        • Duration
        • Feedback
        • Cancellations/Late Arrivals
        • How to Prepare
  • 39. Spring Series-Mock Interviews
    • Types of Mock Interviews:
      • Face-to-Face Employer:
        • Volunteer employers come in during the spring series workshop and give instant feedback to the student on how to improve for the actual interview
      • Face-to-Face Career Counselors :
        • Counselors are available throughout the academic year to provide student’s instant feedback on how to prepare for the actual interview
      • Virtual Mock Interview:
        • Interactive tool that uses audio and video to save and record student responses.
  • 40. Spring Series-Mock Interviews
    • International students will also receive a presentation from the mental health counselor on cultural awareness topics to help them during the mock interview such as:
      • Punctuality
      • Professional Business Attire
      • Demonstration of Self & Career Goals
      • Effective U.S. Resume
      • Speak Slowly and Don’t Hesitate to ask Recruiter to Repeat Themselves
  • 41. Spring Series-Mock Interviews
    • Additional tips for international students on mock interviews:
      • Research the organization prior to the mock interview
      • Express interest in the position and thank the interviewer before leaving
      • Collect business card(s) for each interviewer if possible
      • Know the most recent immigration laws
      • Know what illegal questions are and do not answer them
      • State the length of time for which you are seeking employment
  • 42. Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
    • The International Alumni Panel & Networking workshop will discuss:
      • How the Alumni Panel is Composed
      • Purpose & Panel Topics
      • Methods of Contacting Panel Members
    • Networking in the United States
      • Why it is Necessary
      • Different Methods
      • *workshop is still in progress-outline is tentative
  • 43. Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
      • How the Alumni Panel is Composed
        • International alumni are tracked in a computer database at the Barbara Ying Center
        • Surveys will be mailed out to alumni regarding their current employment status
        • International alumni must have employment in the U.S.
        • Contact will be made using either e-mail, letter of phone call to ask employed alumni if they are interested in participating in the international alumni panel
        • Confirmation letter will be sent with date of workshop and agenda
  • 44. Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
      • Purpose & Panel Topics
      • The purpose of the international alumni panel is to help international students start building their networks, foster relationships with fellow alumni and learn through the experiences of other international students.
      • Topics include networking ideas, job search strategies, when and how to tell your employer you are an international student, and going from C.P.T./O.P.T. to H1 VISA status.
  • 45. Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
    • Methods of Contacting Panel Members:
      • Should international students wish to contact international alumni after the workshop there will be two methods of obtaining their information:
        • Each international alumni will have their name, telephone number and e-mail address listed on the International Services Center website under the group name “International Alumni Panel”.
        • Upon completion of the workshop each alumnus will provide a copy of their business card to whomever requests it.
  • 46. Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
    • Networking in the United States:
      • Why is it Necessary?
        • It is the primary way to get professional positions
        • Hidden Job Market vs. Open Job Market
          • Hidden Job Market  These are jobs both directly and indirectly known to you.
          • For example: A friend, boss, volunteering, alumni, referrals
          • Open Job Market  These are jobs that anyone can apply to
          • For example:, Career Fairs, KnightLink
          • 60-80% of jobs are found through the hidden job market
          • Only 15% of job seekers find a job in the open market
  • 47. Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
    • Different Methods of Building a Network:
      • UCF Alumni Association
      • International Services Center
      • International Services Association
      • Friends, colleagues, academic departments
      • Professional Organizations
      • UCF Student Organizations
      • Faculty members & professors
      • Conferences
      • Family & friends back home
  • 48. Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
    • Other forms of networking:
      • Informational Interviewing
      • On Campus Workshops
      • Career Fairs
      • Chamber of Commerce
      • Career Resource Center
      • International Companies
      • Employment Agencies
  • 49. Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
    • Networking tips for international students :
      • Companies to avoid
        • Defense Contractors
        • Government Related
        • Anywhere that security clearance is needed
      • Market yourself positively
      • Consider internships or co-ops
      • Explore fields in need of international students
        • Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Business Administration/Management
      • Be flexible and be creative
  • 50. Spring Series-International Alumni Panel & Networking
    • Questions?