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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Understanding Nature of US Job Market; Myths and Facts:

Myth 1. All job openings are advertised in a newspaper or on internet.
Reality: No! Studies have shown that about 70% of job openings are filled up by employers without having a need to advertise in newspaper or on the internet.

Myth 2: Employers hire the best qualified person for a job opening?
Reality: Employers hire candidates who are dependable, team player, result oriented, etc., in addition to being qualified for the job. Make sure you emphasize such strengths in your resume.

Myth 3: A company will select me because I have done best thesis/project in the school, and possess excellent academic qualifications with solid experience.
Reality: Not really. Companies select a candidate for their their own reasons, not yours. Their reasons include: impression, compatibility, budget on salary, manager's comfort zone, etc., etc.

Myth 4: I should apply through the front door only. If I am best qualified for the job, I must be selected.
Reality: There is always a long line applicants by the front door. Apply for a job through the back doors whenever possible. Employers do not care how you apply.


Myth 5: Asking someone to recommend me for a job is illegal; makes me feel inferior.
Reality: It is not illegal at all. In some countries recommendations or favoritism is considered illegal, unethical, and immoral; that is not true in US private industry. You should not feel inferior taking help from someone.

Myth 6: Smaller companies do not offer good benefits.
Reality: It is true to some extent that larger companies offer better long-term benefits such as 401(K), pension, retirement, etc. However, as a newcomer, the benefits you would be seeking (health insurance, life insurance, vacation, and sick leave), are generally provided even by small firms. Your priority should be getting a job offer with sponsorship for H-1B, followed by permanent residence if you are interested. Do not get yourself hung up on benefits; you must focus on critical stuff.

Myth 7: It is not right to show thesis/project work as expertise/experience.
Reality: Experience is experience whether paid, unpaid, voluntary, hobby, or part of education. In your resume, there is nothing wrong in using words such as: planned, analyzed, identified and prioritized tasks, sized work efforts, designed, implemented, experimented, measured, worked with instruments such as..., recorded, reported, negotiated, interacted with people, performed risk assessment, developed risk mitigation plans, presented views to colleagues, evaluated alternative plans, etc., etc. (I can keep writing).

Myth 8: It is wrong to "sell" myself to the employer by modifying resume/cover letter each time highlighting what the employer is looking for.
Reality: Typically a hiring manager has 10 seconds to determine whether or not you should be considered for the job. You should never expect the hiring manager to read your resume beginning to end, and read between lines, and analyze, and figure out if you qualify for the job or not. Hiring managers appreciate your saving of their time.

Myth 9: I have better chances of getting sponsored by large companies.
Reality: US citizens and permanent residents love working for large well know companies for job stability, long term benefits, prestige, etc. Therefore, large companies are generally not desperate to sponsor foreign professionals; exceptions are always there which you should not count on. I recommend that you should stop wasting your precious time going after large and highly reputable companies. Instead, you should focus on companies more inclined (desperate) to hire foreign professionals, whether the company is small or large.

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