International Students

The Friedman School Block Career Services Center helps international students with all aspects of career planning, from career exploration, resume, CV, and cover letter writing, to internship and job searching, and more. If you’re planning to search for jobs in the United States, be sure that you understand the requirements for students on F-1 and J-1 visas. Visit the Tufts International Student Center for more information, as changes to these guidelines can occur.

Support for Your Career Development

Quick Tips for Applications

  • Prepare your personal marketing materials

    Review Resume, CV, and Cover Letter information for formatting and content guidance specific to U.S. employers. For the resume/CV, you may notice some differences between your country of origin and U.S. standards. For instance:

    • In the U.S., resumes do not include personal photo or mention of age, gender, marital status or home country
    • In the U.S., the term “CV” refers to a longer document used by researchers and academics
  • Be aware of what U.S. employers may not know
    For example, a U.S. employer may not know that a certain company is the top biotech firm in India or that your school was one of the top five universities in Japan. Be sure to provide this context in your resume.
  • Know when to address your visa status

    Talk to a Block Career Advisor if you have questions about how or when to address your visa status with employers.

    Here are a few tips:

    • Don’t mention your status in a resume or cover letter unless you are asked to specify.
    • When an interviewer asks if you’re eligible to work in the U.S., you should answer that you can work in the U.S. on Optional Practical Training (OPT) for the duration of your OPT, after which point you would need to be sponsored.
    • Do not wait until the second or third interview to discuss sponsorship.
  • Take advantage of networking resources
    Networking is important. In particular, talk to other Friedman School international students and international alumni to see how they handled the job search process.

Quick Tips for Interviewing

  • Prepare and practice
    Review our interviewing information and practice answers to sample questions out loud, in the mirror, with friends or family and with a Block Career Advisor.
  • Enhance your communication skills
    • Talk in class; give presentations
    • Join conversation groups; participate in clubs
    • Take communication and public speaking classes
    • Watch American TV, listen to the radio, read newspapers and academic publications
  • Understand and prepare for cultural differences

    Interviewing standards and expectations are different in the U.S. than in other countries.

    U.S. employers:

    • Expect that the interview is your chance to sell yourself as you answer their questions.
    • Value candidates who can express how they made a difference through their accomplishments or by overcoming obstacles.
    • May start with direct questions. Some small talk might be appropriate, but not for very long. Be ready to get down to business pretty quickly.
    • Expect that you will research the organization and demonstrate that knowledge during the interview.
  • Know which questions are illegal for U.S. employers to ask
    • How old are you?
    • Are you married?
    • Are you a US citizen?
    • How many children do you have?
    • What is your religion?
    • Where were you born?

    *If these questions do come up, we encourage you to see a Block Career Advisor for help.

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