OVERCOMING OBSTACLES FOR IMMIGRANT JOB SEEKERS
Immigrant jobseekers often face difficulties in finding suitable employment opportunities in the U.S. In this section, we outline some of the challenges they face and offer important advice and useful resources that can help them overcome these challenges.
Gaining recognition and acceptance of foreign academic credentials:
Because most U.S. employers will be unfamiliar with your non-U.S. academic credentials, you will generally need to have them evaluated by WES. A WES credential evaluation report offers employers an objective and accurate analysis of your education, helping them to understand and recognize your education.
Learn more about Using Your Evaluation.
Becoming Re-certified / re-licensed in your profession:
Your profession might require state licensure or professional certification in order to practice in the U.S. Professional licensing boards and certification agencies want to know if your foreign academic qualifications meet their criteria, along other requirements. Most licensing agencies rely on credential evaluation services like WES, though some do their own evaluations. You should always consult the specific state agency for accurate information.
Learn more about Licensing and Certification
Understanding and managing the U.S. job search process:
The U.S. job search process is very different from that in most other countries in several ways. Without a good understanding of the U.S. job search and its elements – U.S. style resume, the importance of networking, presenting yourself -, you will find it difficult to find the position that you are seeking. Take the time to review the following resources that we have assembled for you.
Developing Strong English language skills:
English language skills are critical for success in your job search and professional advancement. Unfortunately, well-educated immigrants with limited English proficiency often end up in low paying and unfulfilling jobs. Even for those who communicate well in English, further improving their language skills is one of the most important elements in achieving professional success in the U.S.
WES has compiled a set of English language resources in the New York Metro area. For a nationwide list of your local English language programs at all levels, visit America's Literacy Directory.
For a brief list of immigrant-serving agencies and programs in the NY Metropolitan Area, see our NY Metropolitan Area Resources page.