Consultation

"I have benefited a lot from the advice and services you give to international student job seekers."

At ISCS we offer many different services to meet the needs of the international student population. The majority of our services are free for all MU students, staff, and faculty members. Community members and alumni rates can be found on the MU Career Center website.

You can meet with our trained staff members who can assist you in many different career related topics, from a resume critique to discussing how to create a better relationship with your advisor! You may schedule an appointment in advance by clicking the button to the right or stop by during our walk-in hours (11 am – 4 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during Fall and Spring semesters).

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We also offer e-mail consultations on career related topics. If you would like to utilize this service, please email us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject title: E-mail consultation.

Workshops

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Workshops
The ISCS staff hosts a variety of workshops in the Student Success Center and will also deliver presentations on a variety of career-related topics to classes and organizations.
 
Available Topics

Part-time jobs searching for International Students

    • This presentation will help educate international students with work policies for international students, resources that will assist them with finding part-time jobs, and basic resume writing skills. We will encourage students to discuss struggles regarding finding part-time jobs and help them identify strategies to cope with the challenges they face.

Resume & Cover Letter Writing Skills

    • This workshop will help international students learn the foundations of writing and refining an American resume and cover letter. We group students together to discuss differences between American resume and the one from their home country; showing off strengths, targeting and writing content, and some additional tips that help an international job seeker to stand out. Please suggest participants to bring a draft copy of their resume if available.
Interviewing Skills
    • This workshop will help international students with vital information about interviewing, including how to get ready for an interview, how to behave during the interview, how to answer common interviewing questions, and how to follow up with employers after interview. We will introduce interviewing tips to help students better understand American culture, such as how to shake hands with employers, etc. We will also have the students practice during our workshop to help them get familiar with interviewing questions and build up their confidence.

Resume & Interviewing Combo

    • A shortened version of both the resume and interviewing presentations, this gives the basic info about both important pieces of a student job search. The presentation includes quick tips about resume content, formatting, and highlighting strengths as international employees, as well as interview strategies regarding preparation, questions, and follow up.

Groups

International Students Cultural Transition Group (ISCTG) 
The focus of the group is to provide international students with an opportunity to discuss their culture, adjustment to college at MU, and academic issues in a safe and supportive environment. Topics of interest in the past have included homesickness, making friends with Americans, build up your own social network, culture shock, adjusting to Columbia, adjusting to US classroom culture, and working with your advisor. And it will be also a good opportunity to make connection with other international students and practice your English. The group will have about 8-12 people, and run for the duration of semester (about 8-10 sessions). Meetings will be held weekly and will last about 90 minutes.
 
Job Search Connection Group (JSCG)

The Job Search Connections (JSC) is an elite group of international students who are between 6 to 8 months away from graduation. This group will allow students to both network with their peers and learn from the group facilitators about the job search process. ISCS often provide the group in winter semesters. For more information please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Job Search Connections (JSC) aims to provide both informative and emotional support to international students who are looking for a job in the U.S. More specifically, the purpose of JSC is:

  • To assist international group members in obtaining a job in the U.S. by providing a structured group setting for job search-related information/skills and practice.
  • To assist each group member in developing his/her own timeline and short term goals in obtaining a job in the U.S. within the legal status of his/her stay.
  • To create a supportive and comfortable environment where international group members can gain and give support to one another, and share their success and perceived barriers in obtaining a job in the U.S.

However, the responsibility of finding a job lies within the individual group member. It should be noted that this group does not guarantee that members find a job by participating in the group.

Group structure

JSC will meet weekly for 8 or 9 weeks in the semester. The first portion of the meeting is a presentation and the second is for practice, discussion, and personal updates. JSC is a small, closed group which means that it can only accommodate 8-10 group members. We do not admit new members to the group once it starts. Because of the limited size, it requires some level of time commitment to be selected as a participant in this program.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the group you must be an international graduate student who is interested in finding a job in the U.S. and within two semesters of graduation

Discussion topics can include:

  • Knowing yourself and self-marketing
  • Where to find job openings
  • Cover Letter, resume and curriculum vita writing
  • Interview skills
  • H1B visa issues and OPT
  • Job offer negotiation
  • Your first year on the job