Today’s job market is often tough to negotiate and requires discipline and measured planning. For recent immigrants, the challenge to find adequate employment can prove to be even more difficult. Consider the parameters. Many immigrants may arrive with limited or no knowledge of the English language, (or at least the version spoken here), have limited or no contacts, and the added stress of required documentation to contend with. These factors along with a myriad of post-arrival issues can hamper anyone’s ability to find much needed employment.
There are 5 important strategies the recent immigrant must employ to make the job search run smooth and without complication. These ideas are designed to aid newcomers negotiate the sometimes difficult path of recent arrival.
Get the language
If English is your second (or third for that matter) language then the need to brush up is extremely important. Conversational English can be learned by simply attending a workshop, or signing up for a class offered in a number of settings. The local library, the community colleges, the consulate, or even the local chamber of commerce may each be a viable resource. Networking with other immigrants, websites that offer free translations, and videos, and simply engaging in conversation may also be effective strategies.
Bury your head in a keyboard
Get online. The use of the internet to job search, post and send resumes, train, read periodicals, and communicate is the key in getting on the right track to employment. The use of the internet for job search and acclimation should ideally start before departing the home country. Many employers find candidates online. The more active you are, the better your chances are to get hired.
Find the new arrival resources
Labor Halls, Chambers of commerce, Community Colleges, private groups and organizations, heck even restaurants and eateries may provide the connection you need to get headed in the right direction. These organizations are often well developed and have provided services to the newly arrived for decades.
Be very vigilant regarding your health when arriving in you new found home. The time and attention involved with recovering form illness or injury may have hampering effects on securing a timely position. Prevention and education are the key to understanding the terrain in regards to maintaining health in this country. Resources are readily available to assist in taking good care of your health and wellness.
The name of the game is diligence. The trip across waters and time zones was just the beginning. The more aggressive your mindset, the more capable you are at finding the resources and negotiating the pitfalls. Keep an open mind and use all the resources at your disposal.
Your previous skills count (bonus)
Regardless of whether you are a medical doctor, or certified construction worker; your training and experience in your home country can be easily translated for use in this country. Obviously, you will have a leg up in certification in you area of expertise. Your acquired skill can also be used in an entrepreneurial endeavor if you so choose. The use of your previous training and skill is an effective strategy in getting employment.
These tips are just a few of the many ideas and strategies recent arrivals should consider when arriving stateside. The represent the need to stay focused and up to task as the 21st century job climate continues to evolve.
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