Help for Foreign Professionals Searching for Jobs at Companies that Sponsor H-1B Visa Employees

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U.S. companies seek top talent within the country, but talent demands, especially for specialty professionals, may result in qualified candidate shortages within the confines of U.S. borders. H-1B Visas make it easier for U.S. businesses to broaden their search parameters to include a global pool of talent.

Designed to enable companies to hire non-immigrating foreign talent temporarily for three years with options to extend employment to six years, H-1B Visas also assure that those holding H-1B Visas are educated professionals in their areas of specialty or have an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Specialty professions, for example, include but are not limited to biotechnology, chemistry, architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, law, accounting and business specialties.

When conducting a job search, foreigners wishing to work for a U.S. company under an H-1B Visa can target businesses that typically hire foreigners for specialty roles using H-1B Visas.

View a list of top U.S. H-1B Visa sponsoring companies.

Infosys tops the list with the greatest number of H-1B Visa sponsorships. Other notables on the list of 100 companies include IBM, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Ernst & Young, Facebook, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase.

Foreign professionals may also check out top sponsoring companies by job title, state, city, occupation and industry:

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Starting from April 3, 2017 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions until further notice. That, however, simply means that fast-track options for processing H-1B Visa applications will cease for the time being. Normal processing of applications will continue.

Learn more about who qualifies to work in the U.S. under an H-1B Visa.

Fridayd helps foreign professionals in their search for employment in the U.S. by breaking down language barriers in the search and application process and by enabling users to target specific companies, such as H-1B sponsoring companies, in their search. Because job seekers can fine tune job search criteria with more detailed parameters in the Fridayd solution, users can get very specific in their search and keep an eye on emerging opportunities at targeted companies without having to do any of the leg work themselves.

6 Ways to Feel on Top of the World During a Job Search

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Searching for a new job can be overwhelming, especially if an ideal opportunity takes time to materialize. There is a lot of great advice on how to keep your chin up and stay positive, but sometimes you have to go beyond just an optimistic outlook and take action to keep feeling hopeful.

That action can take many forms, but most people feel happier and more fulfilled when they are learning, growing and contributing to something outside of themselves.

Novelist Alice Hoffman tells a story of how her protagonist in “Faithful” survived and thrived after a tragedy that changed the trajectory of her life. A secret admirer helped her find her way on a path to a new existence and career by sending her simple, two-word notes of encouragement, such as “Be Something” and “Do Something.” Those words of inspiration required action, and that action resulted in improved feelings and well-being.

As it turns out, two-word action steps can be good guidance for anyone facing a job search and waiting for the right position and interviews to emerge. Here are a few other action steps that can help keep you feeling great about yourself and what you are doing in the present when it seems like nothing is happening on the job front:

Read Something

Read about anything. Read to learn or read for pleasure. You always expand your view and knowledge in some way when you read.

Learn Something

Learn anything. Learn a new skill, a foreign language, how to play a musical instrument. It doesn’t matter. Learn about whatever is of interest to you. Learning requires intense focus and keeps us grounded in the here and now.

See Something

Notice more about your environment, wherever you are, or make a deliberate effort to visit some place new to see new things. Seeing, really seeing, helps us appreciate all that is.

Explore Something

Explore new ideas, new people or new places. If we are curious and always exploring, we feel more alive.

Create Something

Most people think of creating something as an artistic endeavor. It’s not. Create something right where you are. Create a more orderly home or office, create an evening with friends, create an event to help a cause. Live to create and make things happen. When you are deeply involved in the creative process, almost magically more creativity flows in your life.

Give Something

Give anything: your time, a helping hand, advice, clothes to charity, a cup of coffee to a friend, love, kindness or even a simple smile. Give.

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Focusing 100% on landing a new position can really drag you down. And you don’t have to. Concentrating so much on your search is really fixing your attention on yourself. Direct your attention to activities that can really make a difference in your life.

A job search can be time-intensive, though, so how do you find room in your schedule for the activities that can be so much more life-affirming? If you are using Fridayd to manage your job search, you’ll have the time to focus more on what matters most and all of the activities that make you feel better about yourself!

 

 

 

 

Step Away from Your Computer in Your Job Search

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You shouldn’t sit at your computer for more than a couple of hours at a time when conducting a job search, according to Liz Ryan, founder of Human Workplace, Forbes contributor and author of Reinvention Roadmap.

As Ryan advises, there are more impactful and important job search tasks you should focus on to score a new job. Networking, searching LinkedIn for hiring managers at targeted companies, composing pain letters and creating human-voiced resumes is time well spent in your search.

Still, you have to uncover the right job postings and complete applications as part of your job search. Some career experts advise that a job search is a full-time job and that you can expect to spend 35 to 40 hours a week on your search. Job search demands are a challenge for someone unemployed, but even worse for those who already have a full-time job. Something has to give to fit the full range of differentiating activities into a schedule.

That’s where Fridayd comes in. Fridayd’s technology with live backend support functions like the job seeker’s concierge.

Imagine having someone not only conduct your job search for you, but also manage the complete application process and uncover networking connections, too. That’s the tiring, frustrating administrative side of a job search that no one likes. Offloading these time-draining tasks frees job seekers, giving them the ability to focus more on what matters most.

Searching for a new job more effectively while saving hours of time and stress makes good sense for any job seeker. Why work harder than you need to? Fridayd can rev up a job search while reducing stress and saving time.

No one likes searching for a new job. Hands down, it’s a drag. With Fridayd, job seekers can search smarter, not harder; save on average 40 hours per month; and have more time for networking, interview preparation, career development, and family or personal interests.

Call The Career Experts

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Don’t go it alone in your job search. You don’t have to, and you can increase your odds of landing a new job by seeking help. Even the most skilled and seasoned professionals can benefit from guidance and support in their search.

Getting trapped in your own perspective limits you to viewing your strengths, opportunities and job search approach from a single lens. You may not sell yourself optimally or recognize the range of career options aligned with your skills and experience.

Fridayd can take the job search and application work out of finding new work. Our technology delivers highly relevant job postings, and we eliminate the tiresome task of completing online applications, enabling you to get your résumé in front of more recruiters and hiring managers faster while freeing you from the busy-work processes. We also partner with career consultants and other job search specialists to help you prepare for your employment transition with résumé writing and coaching.

In this post, we highlight our partners at The Career Experts, a one-stop shop for career advice, coaching and résumé writing. Everyone has different career support needs. At The Career Experts, you can easily search by location for experts who offer services aligned with your specific needs, such as career coaching, career assessments, career development, career transition counseling, interview coaching, and networking.

We often undersell ourselves with our personal branding and positioning for a new role. A career expert can help identify your professional assets and accomplishments, framing them on a résumé in language that will resonate with recruiters.

However, a successful job search requires even more than a glowing résumé. Today, social media profiles have to have the same appeal as a glossy CV. And you can look good on paper, but you also have to wow an interviewer by selling your own value proposition. The Career Experts offers assistance from soup to nuts and can help job seekers at any phase of their search.

 

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Don’t Confuse the Role of Your Manager as Mentor and Coach

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It’s true that employees often leave jobs because of bad managers. They also voluntarily exit a company for other reasons, such as dislike of a company’s mission or products/services, cultural fit, and better opportunities overall, but more often than not employees jump ship because of poor managers.

What makes a good manager? The truth is it varies from person to person, but most want a leader who will respect them and their ideas; give them the resources they need to do their jobs; and provide a collaborative, innovative environment for growth. A manger who will inspire, motivate and create team camaraderie is also highly valued, and employees also desire a manger who is a mentor and coach.

The roles of mentor and coach can be confusing, though, leading employees to set unrealistic expectations for what a manager should deliver as teacher and guide. Mentoring and coaching are not handholding in the sense that a manager should instruct employees like a classroom professor and teach new skills. If you don’t know how to create a spreadsheet, communicate clearly or understand technology solutions, for instance, your manager is not responsible for showing you how.

Instead, a good mentoring manager points out areas for growth and advises an employee on how to obtain the necessary knowledge or expertise in order to excel. A rock star leader will strive to create more rock stars by pointing them in the right direction. However, the learning and development are up to the employees who take it upon themselves to improve. If an employee can’t take the initiative to bring more and better skills to the table, he/she is not on track for rock star status – even with the best of managers.

Many companies pay for education or provide learning solutions and opportunities for employees. There are also low-cost online solutions like Udemy, and even YouTube hosts tutorials on almost everything. Don’t wait for your manager to set development goals for you. Set your own; start learning and wow your manager with your new-found knowledge.

Good mentors and coaches lead by example so that employees want to emulate them. They are constantly improving themselves and readily admit their own shortcomings, making it easier for their employees to acknowledge and address their own. As good coaches they also encourage their reports, recognize their achievements and cheer them on during their career journey.

 

 

Be Prepared for Creative Interview Approaches

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During an initial phone interview, the hiring manager throws out a random question that seemingly has nothing to do with your skills and qualifications: “Tell me all the ways you could use a brick?”

In all of your interview preparation, you didn’t plan for that one! Think fast, and that is one of the reasons for the question. The interviewer wants to gauge how quickly you think on your feet, in addition to how innovative and creative you can be.

Some hiring managers and recruiters are getting far more creative themselves in their approach to getting to know you. Why the veer away from typical interviews? New York Times writer Adam Bryant explains that taking a non-traditional approach can enable the interviewer to get to know the candidate better in a more relaxed setting. An interview doesn’t have to be an off-site excursion to be more inventive. The questions themselves can make it so.

Most people prepare for interviews with measured and canned responses to tough questions. Such answers don’t always reveal the true personality or strengths of a candidate. Whereas outside-the-box queries may help candidates open up and reveal more of their true selves.

What kind of novel questions does Bryant suggest you could encounter? A few examples include:

  1. What is your natural strength?
  2. What kind of animal would you be? And why?
  3. What qualities of your parents do you like the most?
  4. What is the biggest misperception people have about you?

You still need to prepare for traditional interview questions to highlight your experience and ability to meet job requirements, but you also need to expect the unexpected. And check out some imaginative uses for a brick in case you ever get that question!

How Did She Do It? 13 Interviews and 4 Job Offers in Just a Few Short Weeks – Without Searching for or Applying to Any Jobs Herself

 

 

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Some would say a job search is a numbers game. In large part, that’s true. The more consistent you are in your job search, the more likely you are to land the offer. The right credentials are also important, but you have to get your resume in front of as many recruiters as possible for the right positions to up your odds of getting the interview to begin with.

Staying on top of a job search is no easy task. Searching across multiple job boards trying to uncover the most pertinent postings is a tedious task alone. Add the chore of uploading your resume over and over again and filling out long online applications day after day and the whole process can be quite overwhelming.

But then there are job seekers like the subject of this article who didn’t have to do any of the tiresome job search tasks herself and got not only 13 interviews in a few weeks, but also received four job offers that led to securing her ideal job.

With new technology that is enabling job seekers to offload the busy work of finding a job, those seeking new employment can decrease stress while optimizing their time and focusing more on the impression they will make in the interview itself.

“You don’t put your job search on auto pilot,” said Theresa Lawrence, Chief Marketing and Customer Officer of Fridayd, a company that offers this trending and differentiating job search technology. “You are still in complete control, but the time you have to commit to the administrative side of searching for a job is drastically reduced – by as much as 40 or more hours per month.”

With Fridayd, job seekers review a wave of job search results especially curated for them based on detailed search criteria to uncover only the most relevant job postings. Next, they select jobs they want Fridayd to apply to on their behalf. That’s it, and they’re done. The whole weekly review process can be done in as little as 30 minutes on an easy-to-access, at-a-glance dashboard.

“The length of a job search differs for each individual,” said Lawrence. “There are many variables that impact landing the right job, but removing the tactical work is a huge help.”

Heidi, already stretched to the limit with demands on her time, is another example of how Fridayd eliminated the tedious aspects of a job search.

“It’s a game-changer for the professionals we serve,” said Lawrence. “Time is a hot commodity. Who wouldn’t want better results in less time?”

 

 

The Art of Tactfully Interviewing the Interviewer

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As a professional looking for a new job, you take all the right steps to prepare for an interview: in-depth research of the company and those with whom you are interviewing, answers in your pocket for potential questions you will be asked along with solid examples of your past work to really wow the interviewer, etc. However, as any job seeker knows, an interview is a two-way exchange. It’s your chance to also learn more about the company and culture, your potential manager and your fit across the board.

You are sure to have questions about the role for which you are interviewing, but you want to dig deeper and determine what it is really like to work for and with an individual and what the work environment is really like. Yet, you want to ask questions that are not off-putting. What, then, are some questions to help you uncover the heart of a company and the interviewer and how do you ask them?

Get creative. You don’t want your questions to sound like you are grilling the interviewer. One way to be less direct is to give scenarios and ask how the interviewer would typically respond in such cases. For instance, to phrase a question to glean information about management style you could ask, “If someone or your team has hit it out the park with great results or accomplishments, how would your recognize or reward them?” Or you might ask: “If someone on your team misses the mark on a project or task, how do you like to communicate with the team member?” In asking these questions, you want to discern if the interviewer is tolerant of mistakes and has a coaching or mentoring style.

You can ask more specific questions, too, such as:

  • What would I have to accomplish in the first three months to really blow it out of the water and prove my value to you? This will help you understand goal priorities going into a new position.
  • What’s a typical workday like? Asking this question will give you information on work-life balance and expectations for putting in long hours or working after hours. You also discover if the company has a culture of playing hard as well as working hard.
  • Does the team use any communication or project management tools or how do you like to communicate? By inquiring in this way and by using some simple follow up questions, you might learn the interviewer’s communication preferences and how well the team manages projects. You may also discover how tech savvy the team is.
  • What’s the process like for creating strategy in the department? You might discover from this query whether the hiring manager likes to work collaboratively with input from the team or if he/she prefers a controlled, lone-wolf approach.
  • Can you share some of the goals and objectives for the team for the year ahead? One of the great benefits of this question is that it gives you a good idea that real strategies with obtainable goals are in place, but it also gives you a way to think about how your skills can contribute to reaching annual targets so that you can address them in a follow-up thank you note.

Skip the common nuts and bolts questions, such as vacation time allotted, benefits and general perks. Plus, many corporate websites readily post that information to attract talent, and if not, those basic inquiries can be saved for later when an offer is extended. And you shouldn’t have to spend time asking for extensive background information about the company. Your pre-interview research should have uncovered that. Instead, focus on getting information that will help you assess how well your work style, skills and preferences align with potential teammates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking the Job Search Barriers for Immigrants

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Finding a job in the US is hard enough for citizens, but imagine how trying it can be for immigrants who may face language barriers and lack experience with job search processes. Searching across multiple job boards and corporate career sites, in addition to the repetitive uploading of resumes and completing online applications can be extremely daunting for a foreign resident or an individual wanting to immigrate to the US.

Gainful employment can be a key component of successful immigration, so how can potential or existing immigrants get past the job search barriers? Certainly having the right skills and credentials top the list in landing a job, but there is a real helping hand available to get through the maze of the job search itself.

Fridayd, for example, offers proprietary technology with personal backend support to take the tedious administrative work out of finding work. A great aid and time saver for any job seeker, Fridayd can be especially beneficial for existing and potential immigrants because it offers a completely different and revolutionary job search approach. Users complete basic job search criteria and fields that mirror online applications, and Fridayd does the rest, delivering the most highly relevant job postings, completing applications on the user’s behalf and even uncovering networking connections at hiring companies.

“I migrated to the US myself looking for better opportunities and to fulfill my dreams,” said Fridayd CEO Carlos Paz. “I know how overwhelming it can be to take up residency in a foreign country and how important it is to become self-sufficient and start feeling like you belong. Fridayd can help break through the frustrating, time-consuming administrative obstacles of searching for a job.”

Geared for professionals, Fridayd also has partnered with major universities to help their job-seeking new graduates and alumni who simply may not have time for a job search or who want to alleviate the painful tasks. The do-it-for-me solution saves job seekers on average 40 hours per month in job search time. For the immigrant, such a time-savings can be extra valuable. It’s time that can be spent focusing on all of the other aspects and challenges of immigration or simply preparing for interviews or working on career development.

“Most job search companies concentrate on assisting hiring companies in their search for talent,” said Paz. “Fridayd is completely focused on helping the job seeker land a new job with far less work, time and stress.”

Is It Time to Get “Uncomfortable” with Your Job?

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It’s great to love your job, but being comfortable in your work, may not mean that you love it. It may signal that you aren’t growing, and static growth may lead to complacency, eventual boredom and hating your job.

Challenges keep us learning and achieving new milestones. For many, when the challenges cease, so does the motivation to continue high performance. Not all employees leave jobs involuntarily or because they dislike a company, a manager or culture. Many jump ship because their job has grown stagnant.

Trying to find ways to bring more challenges to an existing role or moving to a new one internally are the first steps to fixing a sluggish career. No one likes searching for a new job if they don’t have to, and it’s always seemingly easier to stay put. However, it’s not always possible to realign a current position or receive a promotion to match growth needs. Sometimes it is necessary to make a move to a new company altogether. And today most people have switched jobs at least four times by the time they are 32.

How do you know if you are too comfortable in your job?

For starters, you don’t feel any passion or excitement for the work you are performing. Additionally, your responsibilities are so easy that they are boring and you have lost your motivation to excel. If you are not developing any new skills or being exposed to new opportunities to learn and grow, and, most importantly, if your work doesn’t sync up with your overall long-term career goals, you’ve gotten into a routine rut that is too comfortable. It’s time for a change, and if it can’t happen internally, it’s time to make it happen elsewhere.

You don’t have to leap immediately, and it’s better to stay employed while you are seeking new employment. Searching for a new job while you are already employed is an added time drain, but it doesn’t have to be. With today’s trending technology that does job search and application for you, you can ramp up a job search while doing very little administrative job search work yourself. It can be a fast path out of your too-comfortable work situation.