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Job Search & Networking for International Students . Lynn Walsh, Career Advisor. Steps to Finding Employment. Learn about your work permit issues Self-evaluation Choosing the path that is right for you Open job market search Hidden job market search Research employers of interest

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Steps to Finding Employment

  • Learn about your work permit issues

  • Self-evaluation

  • Choosing the path that is right for you

  • Open job market search

  • Hidden job market search

  • Research employers of interest

  • Up to date job search tools

  • Extra info

  • Follow-up

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Learn about your work permit

  • Be sure to have completed the application for Off Campus Work Permit.

  • If your study permit is expiring before your program is due to finish, you must apply for an extension of your work permit.

    • This will allow you to apply for an Off Campus Work Permit.

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Self Evaluation

  • Ask yourself about your likes and dislikes

  • Evaluate your qualifications for the job you want

    • What skills have you acquired through work, school, etc?)

    • Transferable Skills:

      • You’ve gathered these through various jobs, volunteer work, hobbies, sports, or other life experiences

      • Examples are: Communication, Research, Planning, Human Relations, Organization, Management, Leadership, Language

  • Identify short and long term goals

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Choosing the right path

  • Match interests and qualifications with requirements and rewards in specific careers

  • Explore the Campus Career Centre, HRDC offices, local libraries and the Internet for specific info on various opportunities

  • Take internships, part time employment, summer employment or volunteer in your field

  • Do some Labour Market Research and talk to people in your field of interest




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Search the open job market

Open Job Market: This is the easier way to search for work:

  • Classified ads in local and national newspapers

  • Online job listings: (including jobs sent out on ISA list serv!!)




  • On campus career fairs

  • Attend campus employer information sessions

    • Check out the “Calendar of Events” on

  • MUCEP & GradSWEP: on campus work each semester.

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Search the Hidden Job Market

Hidden Job Market:

This is a little harder & requires you to network & research

  • Majority of jobs are not advertised, so you have to network

  • Develop a list of friends, family, past employers, professors etc.

  • Talk to these contacts and let them know you are looking for work

  • Make contact by telephone, face to face or networking letters

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Research companies of interest & different career planning techniques

  • Research the employers you are interested in

    • Explore resources in the CCD

    • Review organization websites that have employers as members:

      • The St. John’s Board of Trade website (membership directory).

      • NATI: the NL Association of Technology Industries.

  • Review career planning


    • Username: memorialuni

    • Password: stjohns


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    Effective Resume and Cover Letter techniques

    • Target the position and employer you are interested in pursuing

    • Make sure to critique the cover letter & résumé before sending it out

      • No spelling errors

      • Bold your degree and job title

      • Keep your cover letter to one page and write about your skills and qualifications for the job; give specific examples. Resume shouldn’t be any longer than 2 pages

      • Do not include personal information on the résumé or cover letter

      • Focus on your school, previous work experience, skills and interests

    • In North America, a résumé and curriculum vitae (CV) are different.

      • A résumé is used for job search

      • A CV presents a complete picture of the breadth and depth of academic experiences you have accumulated.

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    Networking!!!! techniques

    • The key to the hidden job market

    • 85% of jobs are never publicly advertised, they are discovered through networking

    • Talk to everyone, let them know you are looking for employment

    • Talk to people already working in your field of interest about careers in that area

    • Attend career fairs and campus information sessions given by recruiters

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    Networking Cont’d… techniques

    • Ask those that you talk with if they can suggest someone else to contact

    • Participate in mentoring programs or job shadowing opportunities

    • Volunteer

      • Community Services Council


    • Document those conversations and contacts you have made

    • Identify those who have helped you and thank them

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    Extra info: differences about Job Search in Canada techniques

    • Employers may expect you to use more direct speech than you are accustomed to

      • May feel comfortable being modest & don’t want to sound arrogant; but it is ok to be/sound confident

    • May feel more flexible with time than your interviewer

      • Try not to keep interviewer waiting

    • Some people in Canada may feel that being professional means keeping your private life separate

      • Don’t bring too much personal info into resume, cover letter, interview or conversation with an employer.

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    A couple of other things to keep in mind… techniques

    • Silence in conversation may feel more comfortable to North Americans than to other cultures

      • Don’t worry about this, sometimes people are taking notes or trying to comprehend what you have just said

    • It is better to focus on what you can offer to the employer than always talking about how great they are and how they can benefit your career

      • Keep focused & discuss your skills, abilities and good qualities

    • Small talk and chit chat is very important – it may sound like nothing, but it is not

      • Even when networking, all conversations are important

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    Points to Consider: techniques

    • If you have any questions or concerns about job search please stop by and I can help

    • Keep a notebook to record the contact you’ve made and the jobs you have applied for

    • Be prepared! Always have a copy of your resume on hand

    • Explore the CCD website for great tips on job searching and career planning (

    • Don’t just look “for any job”; the more specific you are the easier the search.

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    Contact: International Student Career Advisor techniques

    Lynn Walsh

    Centre for Career Development/International Student Advising

    p: 709-737-8167 or 737-8895

    Office Hours:

    Mon., Tues. & Fri. (9am – 5pm): Centre for Career Development (CCD), 4th floor of UC

    Wed. & Thurs. (9am – 4:45pm): ISA Office, Corte Real