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Practical things you can do to land the job that you want as an immigrant:

  • Build a personal website. It’s your ticket to every conversation, meeting, email introduction etc. Not a web designer or developer? Wix, SquareSpace products are great options. They are easy to use, no need to worry about the design and setup part… leaving you more time to think about the most important thing: the content.
  • Speaking of content, make sure your bio is in its BEST shape. This is your chance to introduce yourself to the world, starting with your elevator speech. Today is the best time to think about this, if you haven’t already.
  • Showcase your work and let it speak for itself. Additionally, gather as much recommendation letters as you can from your most trusted colleagues… and ask to quote them on your site. Persuade potential employers better with word-of-mouth, and you can do it all from the comforts of your personal URL. It just works, just keep it authentic.
  • Forget about confidence. Aim for a clear mind instead, one that is not afraid to ask dumb questions. You’ll be surprised how audacious this is. (and in some occasions, this is a good thing!)
  • Write about yourself, your process, your goals. How do you see the world? How do you see your work? How would you define ‘progress’, ‘success’? Mental modeling is essential to planning. If you don’t know who you are, you risk letting the world step in & define yourself. Write. It will be the single most important activity you can devote your free time with.
  • Put yourself out there, preferably as soon as possible, especially if money is tight. You can’t go wrong with Angellist, LinkedIn, Indeed. Create a profile of yourself and go all in on selling what you have to offer, whatever that is.
  • Don’t rely on just personal connections. This is a hard pill to swallow, especially for tight-knit communities like Filipinos. While it’s great to surround yourself with what’s familiar. Unfortunately, it may not be the best strategy for career growth, especially if you are on a very niche path in life. Stay in touch but find like-minded people on the internet, as much as you can. Diversify, cast that net wider. Attract people who do great things. This is what the US is all about.
  • Go where the tech startups are — — and find areas where you can be of service. They always need people and it’s a great environment to start over/relaunch a career. The tech industry is constantly changing, it’s perennially unpredictable and consistently uncomfortable. You know what else is like that? Growth. Future.
  • People say you can’t do X because you don’t have X? That’s fine. Do it anyway. Start that channel. Launch that blog. Work for that amazing person, even as an apprentice. Take those calls. Work part-time or less-than-ideal jobs if you have to. Just never stop believing you’ll eventually get what you want, because you will. You just will, if you trust yourself enough.
Yes you can
  • Don’t shy away from temp jobs. Aside from the obvious, which is paying the bills, these jobs are ripe for serendipities: people, culture, randomness. I juggled production work (converting files to pdf & dumb tasks like that), powerpoint presentations for agencies, dog walking… while preparing myself for my dream jobs. You are never ‘too big’, ‘too good’ to do any sort of work.

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