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Job application process in the US August 16, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in America, education.

A friend, a software engineer based in the US wrote in asking :

Since you recently started working, I was thinking you could answer my question better. How can I apply for jobs in the USA?

I of course wrote back and see that this information (much of which is common knowledge) may be relevant to just about anybody else. Hence I put this up here. If you have something to add, pls do.

* Look for positions using job search engines – http://www.indeed.com/ , http://www.simplyhired.com/ , http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/ , http://www.job-search-engine.com/

* Upload your resume on Monster.com, yahoo hotjobs

* Use zoominfo to find companies ( http://www.zoominfo.com/ ) – do a company search for a compnay you know and this site gives company details including competitors …so you can find other companies to apply

* Visit company websites (careers section), upload resumes + cover letters

* Since you are short on time, the best thing would be to talk to friends and ask them to forward your resume to their HR etc. ( the employee referral thing )

* See if you can find recruiting/head hunting firms ( for eg: http://www.analyticrecruiting.com/ is one for Quant. anal positions )

American Universities don’t really have a placement process (with a few exceptions) the way colleges in India do and hence the job search process is more unstructured.



1. eyw (decaffeinated) - August 17, 2007

Good suggestions… I want to point out that if you can at all apply to a company X through a friend, you should do that *before* you apply to that company through some other method likelier to reject your application… I’ve had friends get their applications rejected by going through the regular route before asking me to forward it… also I miss my well-deserved chance of earning a referral bonus 🙂

2. Sharath Rao - August 17, 2007

You are right, that last sentence sounds rather reasonable, erw. 🙂

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