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How to Get a Job in the U.S.

International students: Everything you need to know about the U.S. job search.

This course launches in Fall 2017. Be the first to know. Sign up below.

Do you need more information on how to search for a job or internship in the U.S. job search? Need to build confidence to interact with American employers? Want email templates to help you connect with people?

Then this course is for you. Take this course and you will learn how to:

  • Research the companies and positions that are a fit for your background and experience
  • Build a resume and cover letter that employers want to read
  • Create a professional story that impresses people
  • Identify and build a network of people who can help you in your search
  • Build professional experience while in school
  • Overcome cultural challenges in the job search
  • Navigate career fairs
  • Prepare for and participate in every type of interview
  • Discuss sponsorship with employers
  • Negotiate your job offer
  • Practice your communication skills to improve your job search outcomes
  • Write error-free emails to professionals
  • Pay attention to roles outside the U.S. at the same time as your U.S. search (you're a global student after all!)

You get access to expert career advice that will guide you from start to finish.

In this course you will learn directly from me. Each section has a video explanation of the concept. I give you the information you'd normally hear in a workshop or coaching appointment. I share screencast videos on how to use popular websites to find jobs or people. I also challenge you to use your skills offline. I ask you to do homework that helps you build the soft skills you need to be a successful job seeker.

This is as close as you can get to having a personal career coach for your U.S. job search.

After completing this course you will:

  • Know internship and job search timelines
  • Understand on-campus recruiting
  • Understand the American employer expectations
  • Master American-style networking (small talk, informational interviews, LinkedIn, and career fairs)
  • Have the confidence to succeed in your internship or job search
  • Build communication skills that employers value
  • Get outside your comfort zone to interact with employers
  • Have access to a community of international student job seekers just like you

As an international student career coach, I've worked with hundreds of international students who found jobs in top organizations like Google, Amazon, World Economic Forum, and BCG, as well as startups and nonprofits. Now I'm putting all my knowledge and coaching advice into one big course. I'm passionate about teaching international students everything they need to know about their job search. I built this course for students like you.

This course is recommended for:

  • F1 visa students who start early: this course is not recommended for students who have already graduated. The average job search for international students takes 6 - 9 months.
  • Students who are motivated to try new things
  • Students who are eager to meet new people
  • Students who are curious about American culture
  • Students who want to build a network of American professionals
  • Students who are not afraid of making mistakes
  • Students who want to do more outside of the academic classroom
  • Students who want to improve their professional communication skills
  • Students who want to learn how to search for internships and jobs in the US
  • Students who want to learn why employers sponsor (and why they don’t), how to talk to employers about sponsorship, and how to deal with sponsorship rejection

This course is not recommended for:

  • Students who want to learn the details about OPT, CPT and H1B visas: I’m an international student career specialist not an immigration lawyer. Visit your immigration office at school to learn detailed information about work authorization for international students.
  • Students who want to submit as many resumes as possible to openings and wait for a phone call to interview (You don't need to take a course to learn that)

Take this course to learn how to search for a job or internship

You're new to the U.S. You need to learn everything you can about American employers and opportunities. Just like you have to learn about U.S. academics and culture, you have to learn how to job search. This course teaches you how. You get all the information you need. You also get challenges that will push you to get outside your comfort zone and build the skills that get you hired.

The best part of this course is that you can access it at every stage of your job or internship search!

I know you're busy. It's not easy starting school in a new country and in a new language. This course help you start from the very beginning of your search. Learn at your own pace. Unlike a workshop you don't have to take notes or memorize everything. You have access to this information throughout your job search. Try the skill building challenges multiple times to build confidence. Ask questions in the private Facebook group.

Everything you need for your job search is in this course. You can even start this course before you arrive on campus to better prepare.

As a student in this course you also get:

  • Access to a private Facebook community to share your successes and participate in Facebook live international student coaching broadcasts
  • Discounts on live webinars and drop-in group advising hours
  • Discounts on one-on-one coaching (mock interviews, negotiation) with me
  • First look at new international student job search resources
  • Notification for any new modules added to the course

That's a lot of access.

I know $389 is a lot of money. But think of it this way. Your job or internship search will take between 6-9 months. If it takes only 6 months, you're paying $64 a month. If it takes 9 months, you're paying $43 a month. For that amount you're getting information, videos, tutorials, challenges, a community to ask questions, plus discounts on future help.

The average starting salary of a college grad is: $49,785

The average starting salary of an engineer is: $63,036

The average starting salary for software developers is: $65,232

So, are you motivated and curious? If so, join the only course for international student job seekers in the U.S. Be part of a community of ambitious, motivated, global talent!


If you really want to land a job in the U.S., then this course is the perfect first step.

Don't miss out on the basics.

Your Instructor


Nicolle Merrill
Nicolle Merrill

I'm the founder of GlobalMe School. I'm a former international MBA career coach at Yale School of Management. At Yale SOM, I coached students to land positions at top employers like Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, IDEO, as well diverse organizations from top-tier consulting firms to startups. I partnered with recruiters across the world to understand emerging trends and opportunities in technology, design and innovation, and energy industry spaces.

I write on the future of work and online education at futureskills.com. You can find me on Twitter and LinkedIn too.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for a year. If you'd like to continue this course past a year, you'll receive a %50 discount on the price for the following year. Access to the private Facebook group is ongoing beyond the year.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unhappy with the course please contact Nicolle directly.
Will this course get me a job?
No. Only you can get you the job. This course will give you the information you need to for your internship or job search in the U.S. It also provides challenges to help you build the soft skills that make you stand out in the job search.
Can I take this course if I'm searching for an internship?
YES! This course is useful for those looking for internships and jobs in the U.S. If you take this course while looking for an internship, you will build the skills and network you need to make your full-time job search easier.
Can non-STEM majors take this course?
Yes! A lot of the content here is focused on STEM majors (science, technology, engineering and math) - but the skills and process are the same for any major - from art majors to fashion design to English majors.
Can I take this course if I don't know what job I want?
Yes! This course starts with exploratory work. I teach you how to explore job titles and companies. There are reflection exercises built into the course to help you think through. You should also consider working 1:1 with a career coach at your school to help you think through your ideal job. Career services at your school are free! :) Use them!
Are the challenges required?
No, I can't make you do them as I don't see you. :) But they are encouraged. You build skills for your job search by practicing. If you want to succeed in the job search, you must interact with people and build relationships. This course teaches you how to do it.
What about the H-1B visa challenges?
I address this in the first chapter of the course. Preview and read the section titled Notes on H-1B work authorization. Find that section in the class curriculum above.

This course is not open for enrollment.