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


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 is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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