If you are a new immigrant and planning to work here in America. It will take a few months to find a job that you want. In between job applications and interviews, you can volunteer your time to any non-profit organizations to at least give you an idea on how the work setting is here in America.
Volunteering will also help you in job hunting because it might open doors to you. Some organizations will even agree to be used as a reference for companies that you are applying for. But you will have to volunteer a significant amount of time in the organization. Most require 50 hours of volunteer activities before they can give you a letter of reference. Plus you can add your volunteer experience in your resume.
Where Can I Volunteer?
Check your area for any non-profit organizations that requires volunteers:
- Museums or History Centers
- Animal Shelters
- Habitat for Humanity
- You can also sign up on Volunteer Match to find organizations who are looking for volunteers in your area.
What Do I Need to Become a Volunteer?You only need a valid ID to volunteer. Most of these non-profit organizations require background check before you can start. Sometimes, they will ask you if you have a reliable mode of transportation to go to their office, especially in areas that does not have reliable public transportation.
Job hunting is hard wherever you go. It takes patience and perseverance to find the right job for you. It will also be helpful if you know exactly what you want to do.
If the position you want to apply for requires a high school diploma or college degree, you need to have your credentials evaluated by a recommended evaluator here in the USA. Some companies have their preferred evaluators. But most companies choose any of the evaluators that are members of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services):
Some members are:
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
World Education Services
Make sure you have an updated resume. Do not indicate age, race or picture on your resume. Make it concise. One or two pages of resume is ideal.
Here in Visa Harmony, we can help you format your resume so it will be more ideal to use here in USA. Please send us an e-mail for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Create Your Profile
You can start signing up on some job hunting websites. There will be some websites that will be available for you locally but you can start with these sites:
Even when you have done a lot of job interviews in your life, it never seems to get any easier. You have to sell yourself, your skills and you have to stay cheerful and bubbly throughout the interview.
Here are some job interview tips to help you prepare yourself:
Practice Makes PerfectHere in America, the interview is a lot different than in the Philippines. Here they ask more situational-type questions. You need to think of specific examples of different situations that happened to you. You need to make sure you highlight your skills and show that you have great work ethics.
Some examples of interview questions are listed here.
Introduction is also important in starting the interview. Practice the things that you want to say when you are asked to introduce yourself. Keep it short and sweet. A full minute is enough for introduction.