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I was not afraid of not being able to work because I enjoyed my "mini retirement" when I first got to the U.S. Then, after my EAD was approved, it took me several months to find a job. Then, we moved, I quit that job and had to job-hunt again recently. I just got my second job a few weeks ago and am now in the training phase, which I always find VERY stressful.

Just take one step at a time and you will find something you will truly enjoy.

Good luck.


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Was worried too.

But I guess I got lucky that I got a temp job that might lead to permanent position. I guess it all depends on the overall employment condition of the place & the demand for the skill in that place.

But I am sure eventually you will find something you enjoy. Good luck


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That was one of my main worries...i have to say that i have been very lucky..i have been here 5 weeks and start work tomorrow...i got a temp ead stamp at jfk and a ssn one week after being here and the job offer 2 weeks after being here. It is not my dream job but a job that will bring in some money and to get out of the house....good luck


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I wasn’t worried at all about finding a job, thought it shouldn’t be all that difficult. It never crossed my mind it would be hard until I got my EAD in August. It’s now October and I still haven’t gotten a thing, had one interview which appeared to go well then heard nothing. :huh:

I mean I’ve been completing application forms for available jobs! Last week alone I applied for 5 JOBS 5 open jobs and so far this week I’ve applied for a further 6 JOBS, I’ve lost count how many I’ve applied for in total!

I haven’t and I’m not covering the entire city in my now heavily Americanized Resumes (CVs) in the hope that maybe 1 employer out of 1000 just might call me in like 3 months. I’m getting the feeling I’m getting ignored, I’ve applied for everything from Office Depot to general can you use MS word to type a stupid letter office work to IT which is what I did back home.. even the “no experience required” forest gump jobs.

From what I’ve read and been told it appears the job hunt varies from area to area. I could get nothing in this area yet you could land a perfect job tomorrow where you’re at. :blink:

Good Luck! :yes:


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Aidan80

What IT work did you do back home?

I was an onsite support technician.

Job prospects are different in every area. There are so many helpdesk/support jobs available in Charlotte, NC. I am sure you will find something good soon. Do you have any professional certifications like A+ or Network+?


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I wasn't too worried about getting a job. I came from an IT background in the UK and had high hopes that my experience combined with the fact that I would hopefully stick in the mind of any recruiters or hiring managers would work to my advantage. In the end I waited ages for my EAD to be approved. It took from May - late October before I could apply for anything and then November - January before I even got an interview.

In the end the only real advice I can give is that in our position with limited access to a network of friends and family, getting a foot in the door is the hardest part. I learnt pretty quickly that using a recruitment firm is by far the best way to go. The face to face meetings with the recruiters made it possible for them to explain my situation to any potentail employer. I beleive that although someone with an EAD doesn't require any sponsorship, lots of emplyers think that employing a non-US citizen will be a headache and don't look any further. I'm not talking about temp agencies either. I'm talking about recruitment agencies looking for people to fill longterm contract to hire positions.

Yes the job search is frustrating but I looked at it as a chance to try something new (although I still work in IT). I admit I was getting a little annoyed at my lack of responses from applications but you just have to roll with the punches, keep applying for stuff and hope that the law of averages will get you some interviews.

Best of luck

Mark :)

P.S If anyone would like to see my resume I'd be happy to share. One of the recruiters I met with actually helped me with some editing and it is actually quite a good template if anyone needs any pointers. I did the best I could translating my CV into a Resume and this guy really helped smarten it up.


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Hi,

The kind of work i did back home was Retail Manager for Asda . I was a Manager for them for fourteen years. I did all different roles in Management.. In total i have been in Retail for 25 years. The Company is is part of the Wal-Mart Family. They dent do International Transfers. I'm told i'm a People Person. ThANKS.

Kath.

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Aidan80

What IT work did you do back home?

I was an onsite support technician.

Job prospects are different in every area. There are so many helpdesk/support jobs available in Charlotte, NC. I am sure you will find something good soon. Do you have any professional certifications like A+ or Network+?

I’m actually going to get A+ certified here in the US. I’ve complemented the equivalent back home but that was a few years back and I don’t mind brushing up. I’ve plenty of certificates already and enough experience but I need something employers here are familiar with. :hehe:

I wasn't too worried about getting a job. I came from an IT background in the UK and had high hopes that my experience combined with the fact that I would hopefully stick in the mind of any recruiters or hiring managers would work to my advantage. In the end I waited ages for my EAD to be approved. It took from May - late October before I could apply for anything and then November - January before I even got an interview.

In the end the only real advice I can give is that in our position with limited access to a network of friends and family, getting a foot in the door is the hardest part. I learnt pretty quickly that using a recruitment firm is by far the best way to go. The face to face meetings with the recruiters made it possible for them to explain my situation to any potentail employer. I beleive that although someone with an EAD doesn't require any sponsorship, lots of emplyers think that employing a non-US citizen will be a headache and don't look any further. I'm not talking about temp agencies either. I'm talking about recruitment agencies looking for people to fill longterm contract to hire positions.

Yes the job search is frustrating but I looked at it as a chance to try something new (although I still work in IT). I admit I was getting a little annoyed at my lack of responses from applications but you just have to roll with the punches, keep applying for stuff and hope that the law of averages will get you some interviews.

Best of luck

Mark :)

P.S If anyone would like to see my resume I'd be happy to share. One of the recruiters I met with actually helped me with some editing and it is actually quite a good template if anyone needs any pointers. I did the best I could translating my CV into a Resume and this guy really helped smarten it up.

I was thinking just the same thing, thought it can’t be that hard.. how many Irish IT people could they have here :huh: .. never thought I wouldn’t get as far as an interview :hehe: . I’ve been using recruitment firms, employment firms, job sites.. all over the place to try and get something. Funny you mention the EAD, I’ve actually added to my CV that I hold a valid EAD and can complete all I-9 requirements, I think that gets the point across? Well without saying, hire me I’m no harder to hire than an american.

My wife actually Americanized my CV so much I’ve almost ended up calling it a “Resume” :wacko: ! I used a similar template as my wife and she’s never had a problem with finding a job. I actually wouldn’t mind having a look at your resume maybe it could give me a nudge in the right direction if I’m off. It’s always good to know I’m not and wasn’t alone hunting for a job here! :)

Hi,

The kind of work i did back home was Retail Manager for Asda . I was a Manager for them for fourteen years. I did all different roles in Management.. In total i have been in Retail for 25 years. The Company is is part of the Wal-Mart Family. They dent do International Transfers. I'm told i'm a People Person. ThANKS.

Kath.

I doubt you’ll have a problem here finding a job, I did a search for a PS3 for someone back home on the Wal-Mart website and found there to be like 30 stores within 35 miles of where I live :mellow: . That’s almost a Wal-Mart every mile and a bit :bonk: ? That’s insane, madness!

Good Luck, I hope you find something quickly! :P


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