So as recruiters, we often run into questions from candidates that have recently moved here about obstacles that are common to their job search. Here’s a few (hopefully useful) answers!
How to I address the fact that I need a sponsorship?
Be up front about it. Tell the recruiter immediately. I can always work on finding something that allows it, if I know from the start.
I’m afraid to talk about any greencard/visa/etc issues because Im afraid the company wont even consider me. what do I do?
Get over it. It’s a fact. You have to discuss.You can wait till the end of the conversation to bring up, unless asked beforehand. I have found in some cases that clients have made exceptions because they fell in love with a candidate. But do not mislead. Be honest and most importantly have all your research done on how and what the company would need to do. The easier you can make it for them the better, sometimes clients avoid just because they are misinformed.
I have a really heavy accent, but I’m an awesome coder. How do I make it past the phone interview?
Ask if there’s a chance to meet in person, if that’s not an option, they’re already considering you because of your work, resume, whatever, just try to be as clear and concise as you can. Basically, push for an in person meeting.
I can only do remote work. Is that going to limit me? Why do companies not like this?
Working in a team is important in a lot of situations, just for feedback, and collaboration. Working remotely is a huge limit. But offering to be on-site for meetings as much as possible will help.
How do I avoid being beat out by a local candidate?
Be better than all the local candidates. Offer a very flexible travel schedule to meet. It’ll hurt your pocket a bit more than the locals, but landing that perm role will pay off. Also, if you’re just getting started in your career. Just make the move to NY and get an internship. With just a month of a NY company on your resume (even be it an internship) it will propel you into interviews. One step back to make 2 forward.
Sr level – doesn’t matter so much. They’ll pay the travel expenses.
Are there any companies that cater to international candidates? Not so much cater to, as accept. Your best bet is to target offices with international locations. Even if it’s not your home country, they will at least be familiar with Visa’s and traveling that will help you.
Why don’t recruiters follow up with me as much as my friends that are from here?
Are you not as skilled as your friends? Do you need sponsorship? Do you have a bad resume? There’s a plethora of reasons why this may be the case.
Any more questions? Message us, we’d be happy to answer them.