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I know that you bright people can help. :)

Old Jan 11th 2005, 9:00 pm
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Default I know that you bright people can help. :)

Hi,

I am in the UK looking to work/live in Atlanta on an H1B visa, I have more than ample qualifications and experience etc.

I know how hard it is to get a company to respond to emails so I would like to know:

1. If I flew out to the US for a week or so, would companies be more willing to interview me/sponsor me if I were face to face with them.

2. If this is the case, what would be the best tactic in contacting these companies before I fly out, via email, phone, using an agency etc.. I think that many HR depts. wouldn't say much via the phone.
And as soon as they see the country of residence on the resume..in the bin it goes! Catch 22 or what!

3. Would a long week be enough time to find some open positions, arrange a few interviews or 2 etc..

4. In the UK, there are lots of employment agencies who grovel at your feet to find you a job ( they can smell their commission ), I am finding it tricky to find any similar agencys in the Atlanta area via the Internet. Do I need to try harder, do these exist?

I keep posting to this forum because you guys and girls are honest and wont bullshit me (much!), so I thank you all in advance for all your advice and criticism.

Kind regards
Colin
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Old Jan 12th 2005, 1:37 pm
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Default Re: I know that you bright people can help. :)

Is there a particular reason for choosing Atlanta? I would have thought that widening your horizons and finding other companies throughout the US would improve your chances.
Don't bother with agencies. They are not interested unless you are already legally entitled to work in the US.
Do get your resume 'americanized' so it stands out from the crowd. There are companies which can do this for you if you don't want to do it yourself. There are also plenty of threads here regarding resumes and qualification equivalents for you to search through.
Hope this helps.
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Old Jan 12th 2005, 1:55 pm
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Default Re: I know that you bright people can help. :)

Originally Posted by ladyofthelake
Is there a particular reason for choosing Atlanta? I would have thought that widening your horizons and finding other companies throughout the US would improve your chances.
Don't bother with agencies. They are not interested unless you are already legally entitled to work in the US.
Do get your resume 'americanized' so it stands out from the crowd. There are companies which can do this for you if you don't want to do it yourself. There are also plenty of threads here regarding resumes and qualification equivalents for you to search through.
Hope this helps.
Hi,

Thanks for your reply.

The reason for atlanta is I have family living there, and would like to stay close by.

I have had my resume checked over by a few professional friends in the US so I am confident that this is ok.

Thanks again.
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Old Jan 12th 2005, 5:31 pm
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Default Re: I know that you bright people can help. :)

Try looking for online job sites or researching companies in that area to
approach directly. You would be best to setup interviews prior to you
entering the country. If they are interested in you, they should be happy to
wait to see you.

They're going to find out the country of residence soon anyway.

Good luck!

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    > Hi,
    > I am in the UK looking to work/live in Atlanta on an H1B visa, I have
    > more than ample qualifications and experience etc.
    > I know how hard it is to get a company to respond to emails so I would
    > like to know:
    > 1. If I flew out to the US for a week or so, would companies be more
    > willing to interview me/sponsor me if I were face to face with them.
    > 2. If this is the case, what would be the best tactic in contacting
    > these companies before I fly out, via email, phone, using an agency
    > etc.. I think that many HR depts. wouldn't say much via the phone.
    > And as soon as they see the country of residence on the resume..in
    > the bin it goes! Catch 22 or what! :)
    > 3. Would a long week be enough time to find some open positions, arrange
    > a few interviews or 2 etc..
    > 4. In the UK, there are lots of employment agencies who grovel at your
    > feet to find you a job ( they can smell their commission ;) ), I am
    > finding it tricky to find any similar agencys in the Atlanta area via
    > the Internet. Do I need to try harder, do these exist?
    > I keep posting to this forum because you guys and girls are honest and
    > wont bullshit me (much!), so I thank you all in advance for all your
    > advice and criticism.
    > Kind regards
    > Colin
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Default Re: I know that you bright people can help. :)

It's probably a long shot but if you are so committed to living and working in the US and have exhausted all other avenues it would seem the only option left to you. In terms of contacting companies prior to going best way to phone. As you rightly say e-mails and letters can be binned without a second thought but once you are talking to someone it is harder to dismiss them and you may just strike the right note with someone.

You have the odds stacked against you but I really admire your determination in trying to move to the US. Fingers crossed lady luck shines on you.
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Old Jan 12th 2005, 9:25 pm
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Default Re: I know that you bright people can help. :)

Good luck finding a job in Atlanta!

I am here in ATL, have a work permit and I have been searching for a job since Oct 2003. Got a bachelor's degree and almost finished MS degree from U.S. universities.

Sure, I could go and flip some burgers when life gets really tough, but why did I go to school for so long? Thank goodness for my dear husband who is supporting me.
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Old Jan 13th 2005, 6:42 am
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cokey wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I am in the UK looking to work/live in Atlanta on an H1B visa, I have
    > more than ample qualifications and experience etc.
    >
    > I know how hard it is to get a company to respond to emails so I would
    > like to know:
    >
    > 1. If I flew out to the US for a week or so, would companies be more
    > willing to interview me/sponsor me if I were face to face with them.
    >
    > 2. If this is the case, what would be the best tactic in contacting
    > these companies before I fly out, via email, phone, using an agency
    > etc.. I think that many HR depts. wouldn't say much via the phone.
    > And as soon as they see the country of residence on the resume..in
    > the bin it goes! Catch 22 or what! :)
    >
    > 3. Would a long week be enough time to find some open positions, arrange
    > a few interviews or 2 etc..
    >
    > 4. In the UK, there are lots of employment agencies who grovel at your
    > feet to find you a job ( they can smell their commission ;) ), I am
    > finding it tricky to find any similar agencys in the Atlanta area via
    > the Internet. Do I need to try harder, do these exist?
    >
    > I keep posting to this forum because you guys and girls are honest and
    > wont bullshit me (much!), so I thank you all in advance for all your
    > advice and criticism.
    >
    > Kind regards
    > Colin
    >

One thing to consider is that all of the H-1B visas have been used up
for this year (unless you are lucky enough to be hired by the Defense
Department). So in terms of timing the earliest your employer can
petition is April 1, and the earliest you will be able to start work on
an H-1B is October 1.

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