Do You Have an H-1b Visa? Don’t Make This Mistake | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discuss is a common resume mistake people make who are working in the US under an H-1b Visa. This mistake causes people to anger individuals who were there to help them for jobs.


Let me be blunt with you. Like a resume from someone who appears only have been the US for a few years, I already know that you are working in the United States on a visa. All I have to do is confirm. Why? Very simply, is because my clients tell me whether they will or will not transfer a visa.

Speaking to you, how many of you have ever heard of someone who is gotten hired by an employer who did not want to do a visa transfer? Who at the beginning of the search said, "No Visa Transfers" and then turned around and said, "you know, this person is so extraordinary. We'll transfer their visa!"

It doesn't. The one miracle case is usually exactly that – – the one miracle case because in my 40+ years of doing search, I never heard of one. Just put it on your resume.

I understand if you don't have a lot of time left on your visa, there is a certain urgency that you have. I get that. At the same time, understand the impact is that you are wasting a lot of people's time for no point whatsoever. I may run an ad that indicates that my clients want someone with the legal right to work in the United States , and are unwilling to transfer a visa. Why are you sending a resume to that? Other people do their version of that.

At the end of the day, make it easy for everyone because not doing that is just a huge time suck.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses one of the biggest mistakes job hunters make. This is a mistake that consistently costs you money.

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H-1B? Don’t Be Hasty!

For those of you who are ignorant of the experience that someone has of working under a visa in the United States, often you work for employers who pay before market rate in a form of indentured service, are required (forced is such an ugly word) to move from place to place in order to continue working, and, then when you apply for a green card, the government has as much interest in processing your application as most people have of eating liver smeared with peanut butter and smoked salmon.

Often it seems like paperwork is sent to a department without employees and left to languish for years until a few temps are hired to process a few of the requests.

Last week, a man contacted me who worked for a well-regarded professional services. I won’t reveal the nature of the work he does or the specific firm; frankly, neither matter. He was interested in changing jobs after many years with his current employer.

I saw he worked for his firm for more than 6 years so I thought he had his green card. No, he didn’t yet. his application was still caught in paperwork hell at Immigration after 3 years, his 6 years was about to expire, His firm was going to file for an extension PLUS he wanted a promotion into a manager’s job if he changed positions.

What did I tell him?

Stay where you are.

No one pays me to encourage someone not to change jobs but it was clear that his current employer needed to keep him legally in the USA (no other firm would) and for him to get the promotion he wanted, he needed to finish testing for the special certification he needed and spend a year performing the job with his current employer even if that meant sacrificing a few dollars in compensation to do so.

So, if you are working under a visa, don’t let impatience corrupt your normally good judgement.

Use the incredible patience you have demonstrated to obtain the legal right to remain in the USA (if that is what you want).

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