Employment Workshops for International Students

Fall 2018 Career Center Workshops

The following workshops are offered by the UC Berkeley Career Center. Registration on Handshake is highly recommended for all events. All events are held at the Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way, Berkeley CA).

International Student Resume Week

August 27 and 28 12:00PM - 1:00PM,  Career Center—Gold Room. 

RSVP: Monday, August 27Tuesday, August 28

Fall recruiting is around the corner. For those of you who are still worried about your resumes, we are here to help! Come and join this lab-based resume session tailored for int'l students. We will focus on the following topics:

  1. What employers are looking for on a resume.
  2. What resume format can help employers skim through easily and identify keywords and brand.
  3. How to write up strong bullet point statements to deliver your relevant experience and skills/achievements.
  4. Special considerations for international students.

Please note: This session will be provided on Monday, 8/27 and Tuesday, 8/28, with the same content. Please register for the one that works for your schedule.

Fall Recruiting Boot Camp for International Students

Friday, August 31, 1:00-3:30PM, Career Center Blue & Gold Rooms. RSVP here.

This multi-faceted program is designed to help international students get ready for the Fall recruiting season!  Snacks will be provided at this event.

Agenda for the day:

1:00-2:15PM Develop your job/internship search strategy as an int'l student

**15 min break**

2:30-3:30PM Talking to employers with confidence at the career fairs

International Student Career Success Toolkit Series

Tuesdays, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Session 1: Talking to Employers about Work Eligibility

9/11  Career Center Gold Room    RSVP here

The Career Center International Student Career Counselor will unfold the details about how to talk about your work authorization status and visa sponsorship needs with employers in verbal and written formats, and a panel of alumni who held this conversation with their employers will share their real experience and advice. Talk to the employers you will see at the fairs with confidence!

Session 2: Identifying International Students Friendly Hiring Employers 

9/18  Career Center Gold Room    RSVP here

Employers' recruiting needs are complicated and always changing, so there is not a clear list of which employers in the US are currently considering international students for their positions. However, there are resources to research and identify the employers who sponsored international students with job visa or hired int'l students through CPT or OPT work permits in the past. It will be helpful for you to focus on those employers at the beginning of your job/internship search. Come and learn the strategies and resources to identify and approach those employers and opportunities.

Session 3: Learn the Art of "Networking" Step by Step - Part 1

10/2  Career Center Gold Room    RSVP here

This is the first session of a two-part training on networking for international students. The purpose of this event is to teach you step-by-step how to conduct networking for job and internship search purposes so you feel ready to do it this Fall! In this session we will cover the following four steps for networking: Step 1: What is networking, and why do it? Step 2: Build your network: We will talk about who are the "people resources" for international students and help you develop your people resources list in this session. Step 3: Put your network into action: a. Analyze the relationships (warm or cold) and the tools you have for networking: on-campus events (career fairs, company info sessions), emails, and LinkedIn; b. Introduce yourself and initiate information gathering! We will work together on developing your marketing pitch and brand.


Session 4: Learn the Art of "Networking" Step by Step - Part 2   

10/16  Career Center Blue Room    RSVP here

This is the second session of a two-part training on networking for international students. The purpose of this event is to teach you step-by-step how to conduct networking for job and internship search purposes so you feel ready to do it this Fall! In this session we will cover the following three steps for networking: Step 5: Put your network into action - how to prepare and conduct information gathering to build rapport and be connected with potential job opportunities; Step 6: How to manage the outreach activities and connections you made; Step 7: How to follow up.  

Session 5: Not an Offer Yet. Now What?   

11/13   Career Center Gold Room     RSVP here

You tried applying for positions in Handshake, the career fairs and other activities you should through this recruiting season but still are not getting anything? Or you are just getting started with your job/internship search at this time? Come and learn the tips, strategies, and resources for job/internship search at this time of a year. And yes, networking during the Thanksgiving week is one of them!

Stay Informed and Plan Ahead: H-1B Information Session with Immigration Lawyer from Ware Immigration

Thursday, October 25, 6:00 - 8:00PM, Career Center Blue & Gold Rooms.  RSVP here

The H-1B is the principal immigration status available for persons temporarily working in professional level jobs in the US. As an international student, you should be familiar with the H-1B regulations early in your career so you can stay informed and plan ahead!

We will have the immigration law attorney from Ware Immigration come in and explain to you the definition of the H-1B visa category, the application process, the H-1B cap and lottery, and factors and special cases you should take into consideration. Q&A will be included to answer your specific questions. Detailed information includes:

1. H1B visa basics: eligibility, requirements, and application process
2. The trend and current statistics about H1B cap and lottery
3. The roles and obligations of employers in H1B sponsorship
4. H Alternatives
5. Employers’ Misconceptions about H1B
6. Routes to Permanent Residence