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Cultural attitudes and behaviors related to job hunting in the United States may affect your job search, if you are an international student, however knowing some of the most common cultural barriers to the job search can help you to overcome them.

Finding Positions in the U.S.

  • Check out our Find Positions page for advice and tools to help you find a job or internship.
  • GoinGlobal: GoinGlobal provides country-specific career and employment information, including worldwide internship and job postings, H1B VISA employer listings, corporate profiles, and more!
  • Contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at for the most up to date advice about your Visa and finding positions in the U.S.

Resume (or CV) and Cover Letter

  • Refer to our Market Your International Experience page for some qualities to consider highlighting in your resume (or CV) and cover letter. 
  • For general information on writing a resume (or CV) or cover letter, see our Resumes page.


  • Be more successful in an interview by becoming familiar with common cultural barriers in the job search.
  • Visit our Market Your International Experience page for advice on how to describe your international experience in ways that will appeal to employers.
  • Consider how you will respond if someone asks you an illegal interview question during an interview, such as your visa type, nationality, or citizenship.
  • Practice interviewing before your interview so that you can comfortably articulate how your international experience makes you a stronger candidate. You can practice answering common interview questions using an online tool called InterviewStream, which allows you to record videos of yourself to review.
  • See our Interviewing page for general advice on interviewing.


JMU International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at

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