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Target - Companies to Target, and Companies to Avoid
48. Avoid companies that the US Government has barred from getting visa applications approved. These are typically companies that have in some way broken the US Immigration Laws and/or H1B visa Regulations.
49. Try to avoid companies that have extra immigration and visa filing "red tape" because of the recent H1B Employer-Employee Relationship Rule that was implemented back in 2010. This rule primarily affects agencies and what some people term as "body shops": that employ H1B workers themselves but then subcontract them out to work at end client work sites. These types of Companies can now have a very hard time getting visa applications approved.
50. Try to avoid the companies with high levels of visa denials or withdrawals (visas that are rejected or withdrawn during processing).
51. Try to avoid companies that ask you to pay for the visa costs. A legal obligation of a US sponsor company is that they pay the USCIS visa filing and processing fees.
52. If a company asks you to pay for visa filing costs, think carefully about the level of commitment and security your getting (or not getting!), and if there could be any legal immigration related problems further down the road.
53. Try to avoid companies that use pre-filtering methods when they accept applications online such as obstacle questions about your US work authorization status, but they don't provide a section or option for your situation. Sometimes you can make it through the extra obstacles but they often use these systems to deliberately filter applications from overseas candidates.
54. Focus on end-employers; those that employ you and you work on-site at their own offices.
55. Focus on companies that consistently have the highest levels of providing visa sponsorship
56. Focus on companies with high rates of 'certified' (approved) H1B visa applications.
57. Focus on companies that have solid track records of recruiting overseas from the global talent pool.
58. Sometimes focusing on companies that were founded by immigrants, or that have higher numbers of Foreign national employees, can often be more accepting of applications for H1B sponsorship.
59. The ‘right’ job with the 'right' company; provides increased opportunity to get a visa approved and issued, increased immigration safety for you while you're in the USA, and a better and more secure career path.
Resume - U.S. Standardized 'Resumes' Generate Better Results
60. Applying to jobs and companies in the ‘USA’, requires transforming your CV into a US standardized and presented ‘Resume’.
61. Consider that a US style Resume is what US employers want, and expect to see.
62. US resume standards, formatting, content and presentation are very different to those used in other Countries for CV's.
63. Some information that is typically included in a CV can get the application instantly disqualified.
64. Never include your age, sex, religion, marriage status etc, as US employment/hiring laws prohibit this type of information being included.
65. Customize Your Resume: Take the extra steps to optimize, improve and customize your resume. Basic, generic resumes fail to catch the eye of hiring managers, and your resume has to stand out and get noticed.
66. Proofread 3x: Make sure that you do not have any spelling or grammatical errors on your resume (US spelling for many common, every day words can be different).
67. Streamline Your List of Pertinent Experience: streamline your resume and focus attention on your best and most recent experience first.
68. Make your resume is the right length that clearly shows all your most valuable skills, experience and attributes, and then remove anything that does not add a value proposition. The standard length for a US resume is 1 – 2 pages (make it short, sharp and straight to the point).
69. Use Active Verbs: Strong active verb usage adds “extra strength” to your resume.
70. Be Careful with Acronyms and Jargon: Make sure that any acronyms are spelled out to avoid confusion. Try to eliminate industry jargon unless you are 100% sure your interviewer will understand the reference.
71. Use hot keywords and keyword density techniques when applying through an employers online application system. Most of these systems are technologically advanced and automatically scan for the keywords relating to a job position, and, the density count of certain keywords. If your resume does not include the right balance of keywords / density count then it could get missed.
72. Send Your Resume in the Right File Format: Pay attention to the guidelines for sending in your resume. Failing to comply with file format standards can hurt your chances for an interview.
73. Make Your Resume More Reader-Friendly: Research shows that employers initially only take from 5-10 “seconds” to scan over resumes. If they don’t see what they’re looking for, they move on to the next resume.
74. Use bullet-points and bolded titles to make it easy for employers to easily see and focus on the highlights of your resume.
75. Cut out Weak “Responsibilities” Words from Your Resume: Delete phrases like “duties included,” “responsibilities included,” or “responsible for” from your resume. Your resume should clearly communicate accomplishments and abilities, not just a standard ‘text-book’ job description.
76. Consider adding a slight infusion of color for added ‘stand-out’ value.
77. Make Your Resume Shareable: ‘Online’ resumes are a great way to make your resume easy to share.
78. Do Not make it difficult for employers to contact you. Make it easy. If you’re overseas always include the full International Country code before your telephone number, and try to include 2 contact telephone numbers if possible.
Interviews - Job Interviewing for Sponsorship Success