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

Active Member
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.
 

EmilyW

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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.
 

Kojo E

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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?
 
Can anyone please share some stories on how their parents/loved ones reacted to you moving to the States and leaving them behind in your home country? How did you deal with it? How do you cope with knowing that you won't be near your friends/family anymore?
 

Britsimon

Super Moderator
Can anyone please share some stories on how their parents/loved ones reacted to you moving to the States and leaving them behind in your home country? How did you deal with it? How do you cope with knowing that you won't be near your friends/family anymore?
Move to Florida or California. Your friends and family will be thrilled at the prospect of cheap holidays.
 

Bob22

Active Member
Does anyone know of any company that does longer term car rentals?

Or how to buy a car in the US if you don't yet have a US based license? Texas law states I need to be resident in TX for 30 days before i can even proceed to get a license, and it will take another month or so to get it. I mean buying the car is probably easy but I don't think you can get insurance without a US license?
 

SusieQQQ

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Does anyone know of any company that does longer term car rentals?

Or how to buy a car in the US if you don't yet have a US based license? Texas law states I need to be resident in TX for 30 days before i can even proceed to get a license, and it will take another month or so to get it. I mean buying the car is probably easy but I don't think you can get insurance without a US license?
We got insurance with our overseas licenses. Just costs more, usually,
 

SusieQQQ

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Was that after buying a car?
What type of monthly cost we talking about?
How long is a piece of string?! Depends on your age, location, value of the car, whether or not you have a college degree (yes really) and various other risk factors. And as mentioned you will usually get loaded for a non-US license, and sometimes for no US driving history (we were lucky that our insurance accepted the statement of no claims that we had brought with from our old insurer back home so that also helped. Not all those who gave us a quote would consider it).

I personally would check I could get insurance /what it costs before buying a car, I presume in Texas it is also mandatory to have insurance to drive.

I believe there are some companies that do relatively cheap longer term rentals with like 5-7 year old or maybe even older cars, but no idea who they are.
 

Kojo E

Active Member
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!
Hi Folks. Happy to report I just accepted an offer for the role of contracts manager for a growing MNC in Atlanta GA. Starting work in July. Thanks for all the support and helpful tips. Generous salary and full benefits too!
 

Bob22

Active Member
How long is a piece of string?! Depends on your age, location, value of the car, whether or not you have a college degree (yes really) and various other risk factors. And as mentioned you will usually get loaded for a non-US license, and sometimes for no US driving history (we were lucky that our insurance accepted the statement of no claims that we had brought with from our old insurer back home so that also helped. Not all those who gave us a quote would consider it).

I personally would check I could get insurance /what it costs before buying a car, I presume in Texas it is also mandatory to have insurance to drive.

I believe there are some companies that do relatively cheap longer term rentals with like 5-7 year old or maybe even older cars, but no idea who they are.
Thanks Susie. I have one of those personalities that tends to over think and over analyze everything. Drives my wife crazy.

I think I will just contact a very highly reviewed dealer and ask them what to do, see if they know.
 
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