Moving to the US

How to get employed after moving to the US

The US government has several resources available for people who have recently immigrated to America. Finding a job is an important aspect of your new life, and the sooner you get one, the easier it will be to settle in. The US Department of Labor (DOL) is the arm of the federal government that provides workers with employment resources to find jobs, but don’t forget, there are also other agencies you should be aware of that can help you in your job search.

Settle on a job


If you don’t know what kind of job you want, consider the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This website has a massive collection of resources to help you narrow down and find the job you want. You can search by highest paying, fastest growing, most new jobs projected, and other criteria that might be useful for you to find a good career.

Get your CV together

If you don’t have a CV ready yet, you’re going to want to think about all of your marketable skills and put it down on paper. The US Department of Labor has a resource to help you learn how to create a resume. The CareerOneStop website can help you figure out a plan for writing, formatting, and polishing your CV. Even if you have never worked in the US, there are likely several marketable skills you have that can be emphasised in a properly formatted CV. It acts as the key to get you that crucial first interview.

The American Job Center Network

After you’ve visited the Department of Labor website, look for jobs on the American Job Center Network which helps displaced and new workers find jobs in their city. You can also search for jobs in other cities. In addition to job search options, you can get advice about starting a business and there are resources for you to find out what options are available to receive additional education and training.

Prepare for your interview

Once you’ve submitted your CV, be prepared to hear back from employers. You only get one chance to impress them, and your first interview may occur over the phone or through Skype. The US Department of Labor also has information that can help you to prepare for your interview. These resources are designed to help you get the job you want and present yourself well.

Moving to another country is never easy, and sometimes you may find you need some extra help. Seeking the counsel of an immigration lawyer like Joshua Goldstein can help you if you find you are being denied employment based on your race, sex, or nationality. The US has laws to protect immigrants, and it’s important you have a specialist on your side to protect your interests.

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