Find Jobs by 10 Ways in the U.S. for K-1 Fiance and IR-1/CR-1 Spousal Visa Holders
Introduction to Find Jobs in the U.S.
In this post, we tell you our 10 ways to find jobs in the U.S. First, we explain the employment authorization for K-1 Fiance and IR-1/CR-1 Spousal Visa holders.
K-1 Fiance Visa Holders
For K-1 Fiance Visa holders, you are allowed to find jobs when:
- You receive your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) before you Adjust your Status. This is very difficult or nearly impossible to do as we stated before.
- You receive your EAD after you marry and while you Adjust your Status.
- You receive your green card after you Adjust your Status and become a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR).
IR-1/CR-1 Spousal Visa Holders
IR-1 and CR-1 Spousal Visa holders are allowed find jobs and work in the United States as soon as the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer at the Port of Entry stamps their spousal visa in their passport. The stamped visa serves as their temporary green card until their real green card arrives. The stamped visa is an official means to provide an employer of your approval to work in the U.S. When your green card arrives in a few weeks, that will then become your means of providing an employer your approval to work in the U.S.
Remember what we said in our post on Advice on Your First Few Days In the USA for K-1 and IR-1/CR-1 Visa Holders, wait at least a few weeks after arriving in he U.S. to find a job in order to rest and acclimate.
10 Ways to Find a Job in the U.S.
The following list provides a guide to 10 ways to search and find a job in the U.S.:
About Job Boards
You may be used to job boards in your country where job seekers post personal information and qualifications to find jobs. Employers also post job openings and jobs with paper flyers on a bulletin board. Job board web sites run almost the same way, but on-line through a job board web site.
Many U.S. employers use job board web sites to advertise their job openings. You can search for job openings by location, part-time or full-time, and type of work.
Many job board sites allow you to post your resume on their site so that employers can review them and contact job applicants that have the qualifications that they need.
The top job board web sites are Indeed, Monster, and Career Builder. There are many more job board web sites available.
Indeed allows employers to post job openings and job-seekers to search for jobs. Indeed users can make their own Indeed resume to use in job applications. The site even recommends jobs to you based on your resume qualifications!
Job Board Results
Lea got her job partially through Indeed. Lea posted her resume on Indeed. She also got her job partially by #10 Cold Calling. Lea wanted a job near my work with about the same work hours so that we could ride into work together as Lea isn’t able to drive yet. When we visited a manufacturing company near my work, they said “We saw your resume on Indeed and sent you an email today. We are interested in doing a job interview with you.”
Remove your resume after you get a job so that your employer does not think that you are still looking, stop getting any annoying messages, and to prevent anyone from getting your personal information on your resume. You can also remove yourself from getting anymore emails or offers from these sites.
Craigslist is an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to find jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, resumes, and discussion forums.
Craigslist (www.craigslist.org)has web pages devoted to many areas of the country. Find the Craigslist web page for your new home area. Many companies now post job openings on their local Craigslist site.
Under Jobs, you will find a list of job descriptions. Click on the job description that you are looking for and then search for job openings posted by employers. You can find full and part-time job openings here.
Also, if you are looking for very part-time jobs or just work here and there, search in Gigs.
You can also post your resume on Craigslist, but be very careful as Craigslist can also attract many scam type people. Be careful that anything that you receive from Craigslist is true.
#3 Newspaper Classified Ads
Many employers still post job openings in their local newspaper classified ads. Look in your local daily and weekly newspapers to find jobs. If you find an ad that you would like to apply to, the ad will tell you how to apply. Usually they will require a resume and cover letter.
Networking is a great way to find a job these days. Does your fiance, spouse, friend or other family member know about any job openings?
Creating a Linkedin page is also a great way to network and let people know about your employment history and qualifications. Linkedin also will inform you of job opening that are in your field of qualifications.
Networking on social media like Facebook or Twitter can also lead to finding job possibilities.
#5 Help Wanted Signs
Many companies still put out help wanted signs in their storefront windows or in front of their property. Stop in and ask about the job opening. Give them your resume and ask for an employment application.
#6 Job Fairs
Job fairs are typically targeted toward specific industries, but may also be targeted to different localities with many industries. You can find out about job fairs through the radio, TV (news, ads, ect,,), newspapers, flyers, and more.
There usually is a list of the employers that will be present. Investigate any companies that interest you, bring a number of resumes and be ready to sell yourself. Consider any conversations with a company at a job fair as a mini or pre-interview that can set you apart from other applicants. Some companies may contact you after the fair to set up on-site interviews to candidates that match their requirements.
Lea attended a job fair that was held by a specific company. She was able to move onto the next stage and was invited for an interview.
#7 Job Placement Companies
Many employers hire job placement companies to help them fill job openings or vacancies. These job placement companies help employers so that the employers can concentrate on their work and leaving finding quality new employees to the job placement company.
The job placement company will typically advertise, interview and may select or recommend employees for particular companies or jobs. The selection is usually done on the potential employees resume, background, and interview results.
The new employee typically works in the new job, but as a temporary employee of the job placement company. The job placement company typically pays the new employee. Any benefits are what the job placement company offers.
After a certain amount of time, the new employee may become a full-time employee of the company instead of the job placement company. This is usually after a trial period and if the new employee is a good fit.
You can find job placement companies through other job opportunities above, ads, yellow pages, ect…
There are companies or individuals that recruit and find people for specific jobs. These are “Head Hunters”. Recruiters typically work for white-collar companies.
A recruiter may find out about you and your abilities through your Linkedin, other social media.
Typically, the employer pays the recruiter.
#9 Employee Referrals
Referrals also come from individuals you know that work at a specific company. This method may get you an invitation to apply for a position without actually searching for a new a job. Some employers offer incentives to their employees for referring a successful candidate to their company, This is a win-win situation for all three (you, company’s employee and company). You get a new job, and your contact gets a finder’s fee for attracting a top-notch employee, and the company gets a great employee.
#10 Cold Calling
Look around for companies near where you live. If there is a company you are particularly interested in, you might consider making a cold call. You can use the telephone or email to contact individuals within an organization by finding their contact details on the company website. You may also stop in and inquire with the receptionist.
Lea found her job by doing this. We stopped into a manufacturing company near my work because we wanted to ride together. They actually also saw her resume on Indeed.
Contact individuals directly to find out if they foresee any upcoming vacancies, and be sure to attach a copy of your resume to any emails you send. You can also ask for information about types of jobs, or what kind of skills or qualities the organization looks for in a candidate.
Keep in mind that this kind of contact may not always be well received, but there is always a chance it’ll give you the inside track on upcoming vacancies.
There you have it. 10 ways to find jobs in the U.S. Good luck job hunting.
Click HERE for our blog post on the 5 steps for a successful job interview for immigrants.