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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Morocco
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Hi - I was seeing all these posts about people getting new jobs and it bummed me out. I'm set to graduate with my BA in International Politics in 3 months and have applied to about 10 different jobs and am still hunting and have gotten no hits (This has been in the course of 6 months) I'm really frustrated that I worked so hard to get my "coveted" degree and no one wants to hire me because it's not a Masters degree or I don't have 10+ years of experience...*Sigh* So there's my rant if anyone has suggestions I'll take them :(

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June - 10 yr card recieved

Feb. 19, 2010 - N-400 Application sent to Phoenix Lockbox

April 3, 2010 - Biometrics

May 17,2010 - Citizenship Test - Minneapolis, MN

July 16, 2010- Retest (writing portion)

October 13, 2010 - Oath Ceremony

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What sort of jobs do you qualify for (or are you searching for) with an International Politics degree? Sorry if the answer is obvious but I can be blond sometimes. :blush:

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Morocco
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I've looked at government jobs, I'd also like to work in the non-profit sector, something for example with the World Food Program, or other humanitarian type organizations. I'm open to working in a business, or even to teaching (the other part of my degree is in ESL education). I have to have health insurance, that's the only stipulation to getting a job :(

May 11 '09 - Case Approved 10 yr card in the mail

June - 10 yr card recieved

Feb. 19, 2010 - N-400 Application sent to Phoenix Lockbox

April 3, 2010 - Biometrics

May 17,2010 - Citizenship Test - Minneapolis, MN

July 16, 2010- Retest (writing portion)

October 13, 2010 - Oath Ceremony

Journey Complete!

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Its been my experience that most people with Bachelor's degrees rarely end up working in the field that their degree is in. I'm an English major (BA and MA) and I work in IT. Go figure.

Don't limit yourself to the types of jobs you're looking for. You are probably going to have to take entry level too (but you probably already know that). Unfortunately, experience is often times way more important to an employer than a degree - which leads to the age old problem of how do you GET experience?

Getting that first job out of college is very tough, but you just have to start somewhere, get your foot in the door and go from there. Getting your ideal position right out of college doesn't happen a lot, unless its a very specialized degree (maybe accounting or something like nursing, etc).

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Afghanistan
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Are you willing to relocate??? I have a similar undergrad background and all the "big" jobs w/ decent pay for our field are in NY, DC or abroad. I went for a JD afterwards and that's why I have a job here in California - otherwise it would have been very difficult for me to have found something here with such a major.

K-1 Timeline

04-29-05 - NOA1

07-29-05 - NOA2

01-06-06 - Interview - Admin Processing

04-13-06 - Day 97 since interview - Full set of prints taken at embassy - 3 sec checks requested from DOS

07-07-06 - Cable sent back to ISL

07-20-06 - ISL sending "call-in" letter w/ some add'l docs req'd

07-25-06 - Visa issued (15 months after filing including 199 days of AP/AR)

08-03-06 - POE at LAX

08-26-06 - Married

09-02-06 - Social Security Card Arrives

AOS/EAD Timeline

09-29-06 - AOS & EAD off to Chicago via USPS

10-01-06 - Rec'd 9:13 pm // signed for by R. Mercado

10-05-06 - NOA on AOS & EAD (w/ no middle name)

10-06-06 - Checks Cashed

10-11-06 - Inquiry sent through USCIS to add middle name

10-15-06 - touched

10-24-06 - Biometrics Appt.

12-14-06 - Interview - "Approved" Pending FBI Check

01-10-07 - EAD touched

01-13-07 - EAD approved per CRIS email

01-15-07 - EAD touched

01-18-07 - EAD notice mailed out per CRIS email

01-20-07 - EAD rec'd in the mail

01-23-07 - EAD touched again (???)

05-18-07 - AOS touched - email sent saying "interview conducted - case under active review"

06-07-07 - AOS touched and paper rec'd from USCIS stating conditional status granted on 6-6-07

06-11-07 - Welcome to America letter rec'd by mail

*** File for removal of conditions in Spring '09

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Morocco
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Yes willing to move anywhere in the country! We can't really move overseas yet as my husband's AOS is still processing.

May 11 '09 - Case Approved 10 yr card in the mail

June - 10 yr card recieved

Feb. 19, 2010 - N-400 Application sent to Phoenix Lockbox

April 3, 2010 - Biometrics

May 17,2010 - Citizenship Test - Minneapolis, MN

July 16, 2010- Retest (writing portion)

October 13, 2010 - Oath Ceremony

Journey Complete!

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Are you willing to do something other then what you studied for?

I mean, when you’re open for something else as well,..then there are tons of more opportunities!

And next to applying to jobs from a distance, through e-mail, have you tried to apply for a job on the phone or even better locally in person?

I for one (not even half way through my emigration procedure) contacted a couple employers through internet, the phone, and made straight an appointment with them.

The appointments were scheduled in the middle of my holiday in the USA when I was visiting my fiancée.

And guess what, a more PERSONAL approach by phone, e-mail and especially in person works a hell of a lot better then only by email!!!

I mean,…I got a contract straight after the first meeting! :thumbs:

The contract will go in as soon as I get my ssn! :D

Best of luck with your job hunting!

Regards Mark.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Afghanistan
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then in that case, check out the state department, the united nations, go to un.org (it's not the united nations website) they have a good listing of jobs all through out the world, including the US... that may be a good starting point and lead you to some other agencies and non profits as well. And then print out lots of resumes and start sending out those apps. I'll try to find some more sites/leads for you - if I come across any good ones I'll post here or PM you. Good luck!

K-1 Timeline

04-29-05 - NOA1

07-29-05 - NOA2

01-06-06 - Interview - Admin Processing

04-13-06 - Day 97 since interview - Full set of prints taken at embassy - 3 sec checks requested from DOS

07-07-06 - Cable sent back to ISL

07-20-06 - ISL sending "call-in" letter w/ some add'l docs req'd

07-25-06 - Visa issued (15 months after filing including 199 days of AP/AR)

08-03-06 - POE at LAX

08-26-06 - Married

09-02-06 - Social Security Card Arrives

AOS/EAD Timeline

09-29-06 - AOS & EAD off to Chicago via USPS

10-01-06 - Rec'd 9:13 pm // signed for by R. Mercado

10-05-06 - NOA on AOS & EAD (w/ no middle name)

10-06-06 - Checks Cashed

10-11-06 - Inquiry sent through USCIS to add middle name

10-15-06 - touched

10-24-06 - Biometrics Appt.

12-14-06 - Interview - "Approved" Pending FBI Check

01-10-07 - EAD touched

01-13-07 - EAD approved per CRIS email

01-15-07 - EAD touched

01-18-07 - EAD notice mailed out per CRIS email

01-20-07 - EAD rec'd in the mail

01-23-07 - EAD touched again (???)

05-18-07 - AOS touched - email sent saying "interview conducted - case under active review"

06-07-07 - AOS touched and paper rec'd from USCIS stating conditional status granted on 6-6-07

06-11-07 - Welcome to America letter rec'd by mail

*** File for removal of conditions in Spring '09

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Jamaica
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I've looked at government jobs, I'd also like to work in the non-profit sector, something for example with the World Food Program, or other humanitarian type organizations. I'm open to working in a business, or even to teaching (the other part of my degree is in ESL education). I have to have health insurance, that's the only stipulation to getting a job :(

I can understand how you feel. The market is sometimes tough on new grads - after law school I worked in a warehouse looking thru boxes nd boxes and boxes for some smoking gun document. :huh:

No smoking gun found, but I found condoms (used and otherwise), socks, trail mix and ABC (already been chewed) gum. :o

Anyway, here are a few sites to look at (if you have not already done so).

www.idealist.org (non profit listings from US and a LOT of other countries).

http://www.philanthropy.org/

http://www.philanthropy.com (nationwide listings - just click on JOBS in left tool bar)

Oh another place to check is a school in MN called St. Thomas University. The have a huge job listing for MN and nearby states. I can't recall their website but you can google them and their Center for Non Profit Management.

Good luck!

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AOS, EAD - 115 days from mailing AOS to conditional Green Card in Hand

06-07-08 - File to remove conditions

4/28/09 - Moved to CSC

06-20-09- Received 10 year Greencard

Citizenship

07-09-09 - Filed N-400

Joel 2:25 (Amplified Bible) And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten--the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you.

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Filed: K-3 Visa Country: Jamaica
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AOS, EAD - 115 days from mailing AOS to conditional Green Card in Hand

06-07-08 - File to remove conditions

4/28/09 - Moved to CSC

06-20-09- Received 10 year Greencard

Citizenship

07-09-09 - Filed N-400

Joel 2:25 (Amplified Bible) And I will restore or replace for you the years that the locust has eaten--the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you.

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