The "been there done that" thread: life in the US after DV

Kojo E

Active Member
Thanks Brit! I got close to getting offers in PA and Atlanta GA so we’re already making plans to move this summer. Thanks for confirming my suspicion! Last call I had was with the senior VP of a PA company who kept asking if I’ll move to PA. I said definitely, but I guess they got a local candidate who’s less risky. Appreciate the great advice here.
 

SusieQQQ

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Americans like easy wins. When you apply for a job as an out of state candidate, you are not as attractive as a local candidate. So unless you have highly prized skills, you will keep finding that others are "more suited" to the role. That is easier for them, more immediate, no risk that you suddenly announce you have decided not to move.

Frankly you might have to bite the bullet and move to a more suitable area where jobs in your chosen line are more likely to come up. Then you might have to take a lower level job while you wait. People often notice that jobs are easier to get when you have a job already. Again,m HR and recruiters like things easy, so the mindset will be that if someone else hired you, then you can't be too bad.
Very valid points. The job market is tight at the moment and a new hire coming from out of state is probably a higher risk of being a no-show than someone local.

I would be encouraged actually at the feedback, which implies that your resume has actually got as far as a human being reading it rather than being autofiltered out by the software.

Edit: we posted at the same time. Definitely encouraging feedback. Best of luck!
 

Kojo E

Active Member
Very valid points. The job market is tight at the moment and a new hire coming from out of state is probably a higher risk of being a no-show than someone local.

I would be encouraged actually at the feedback, which implies that your resume has actually got as far as a human being reading it rather than being autofiltered out by the software.

Edit: we posted at the same time. Definitely encouraging feedback. Best of luck!
Thanks Susie. Frankly you guys have been a great help from EDV selection to getting a job in this country. Was feeling a bit down in the dumps this week but your advice has lifted my spirits. Muchas gracias!
 

Lucid

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Been trying to land a Job as a contract specialist or related field since I arrived in July 18. Had a few good interviews which got to the second interview stage but no offers. It seems the lack of “American work experience” is working against me. How do I overcome this? I’ve taken lessons on resume writing for the American market and tweeted my resume but to no avail.
I realize my location in Fayetteville NC may be an issue too (military town mostly). Any suggestions to help me get beyond “odd jobs”?
Don't give up yet, been here before. Took me ~10months! to get into an 'interim' job. But then couple of weeks later, I started getting solid offers. What worked for me was professional networking.
 
Also look for hot markets. Where I live (Charlotte) it's hard not to find a job. The Fortune 40s here are growing, Honeywell are moving in, and we have SunState expanding their operations. I work in Fortune 40 and, for some roles, we only get 1-2 candidates applying: good candidates are snapped up quickly and can negotiate their salary upwards because of scarcity.
 
Also look for hot markets. Where I live (Charlotte) it's hard not to find a job. The Fortune 40s here are growing, Honeywell are moving in, and we have SunState expanding their operations. I work in Fortune 40 and, for some roles, we only get 1-2 candidates applying: good candidates are snapped up quickly and can negotiate their salary upwards because of scarcity.
Thanks @EmilyW! Charlotte is a viable option for me too. Coincidentally I was contacted by Honeywell last night for a phone interview this week for a contracts manager role based in Atlanta. Will give it a shot but definitely leaving Fayetteville this summer.
 
I am moving to Chicago next week, already started applying for jobs from overseas, but except for one phone interview, not much luck. I am a software engineer with 6-7 years of experience, focused on backend development.
Any tips/advices where to look for a job and how to get started? How is Chicago's software scene?
I know NY and SF are probably the places to go for software engineers, but I have family in Chicago, so that's the reason I am moving there.
 
Does anyone have any suggestions of how to get 'over the hump' with English?

My wife can talk to anyone, express herself and her ideas well. She is also very good at pretending to understand what she is hearing, when someone is talking fast or just generally assuming that she is a native speaker.

Now that we're probably staying here, she really wants to work on that last 20% so she can feel more confident and integrated.

For anyone who has gone from, say, 70% comprehension ability to 95%, how did you do it?
 
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