How an international student landed an internship at Cisco

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Tell us your story, what did you do before finding this job?

My name is Arnaud Babol, I am a student at ISEN, an engineering school in France. During my studies, I had the opportunity to make an internship in London at Geckoboard and I am currently doing an internship at OVH.

I have always enjoyed experimenting with new technologies, building products and I have always thinked that it would be wonderful if at the end of my studies, I could find a job which match these criteria.

I have found this job, thanks to TechMeAbroad.

 

Were you actively looking for a job abroad? If so, what countries were you targeting?

About 10 years ago, I went to San Francisco for a vacation. Since then, I’ve been dreaming to go work there, but I did not know where to start.

 

How long did it take you to find this opportunity on TechMeAbroad?

One night, I was looking at TechMeAbroad and saw an awesome position at Cisco Emerge. I applied and BOOM! One day later, I was receiving an email from the recruiter!

 

How hard was the interview process?

It was pretty straightforward. First I had to fill a personality test, that was fun. Once this was done, we scheduled an interview with the recruiter for the next day. The person asked me about my past and my current projects, how I am keeping up to date with technologies and we had discussions about why a specific system or framework would or would not be suitable for a given issue/project.

She also gave me more information about the job, what kind of products they are building and it was done! I was officially hired!

I liked the fact that the recruiter was mostly interested about me and how I would work with them rather than about only focusing on technical question such as Depth-First Search algorithm or a custom A* algorithm.

 

Do you feel the level is above the one in France?

They are probably more demanding than most companies in France about your technical skills ; but if you are passionate about what you are doing, and if they can feel it, you will probably get hired.

In my case, it was absolutely a pleasure to get through the interview process, I felt really respected, it was really different from the classic interview: “Here is a problem, you have 2 hours to solve it”.

 

What advice would you give to other jobseekers willing to move abroad?

Never stop learning! Never stop being curious! Always try to build something, even if it’s a small and possibly meaningless project, you will learn a lot by building a product, whether it’s a good or a bad one!

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TechMeAbroad goes to Asia by helping SUPINFO China

Logo SUPINFOSUPINFO China, the famous Computer Science School present in Beijing, Tianjin and Zhenjiang will collaborate with TechMeAbroad. SUPINFO is international-oriented, with 36 campuses around the world, and their students are expected to be just as international-minded.

“I am very happy and proud that Sylvain brings the TechMeAbroad platform to our students willing to work abroad. Sylvain studied in SUPINFO China and now is living in San Francisco, I hope more and more Chinese and French students can be open-minded as Sylvain, go out of their country and see a larger world” says Na Wang, SUPINFO China Branch Director.
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SUPINFO China is a partner to multiple Chinese universities such as Hebei University of TechnologyBeijing University of Technology and Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, setting up student exchanges with Chinese and French students.

In this context, TechMeAbroad will help international students already on-site (in France or China) find a job or an internship that will sponsor the working visa, but also local students to find the opportunities overseas.

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How to find a Tech job overseas

The key to find a job overseas is to find a company that is willing to recruit foreigners and will sponsor working visas if necessary. While it can appear challenging, with some methodology and by using TechMeAbroad the right way, it ends up being quite easy.

Understand the local job market

Make sure to know what profiles companies are trying to hire, whether you are looking in the UK, Canada, USA or Australia, the market is different and so are the needs. Once you figured that out, it might take you few months to get up to speed on a specific technology or framework, but that can greatly increase your chances of landing a job.

 

Understand the visa situation 

Make some research about the visa situation to see what the possibilities are, and where you could fit in. If you are hired, companies will do all the work to bring you in but it’s a good idea to have some basic knowledge beforehand.

 

Come on site

If you can take a week off and come on a vacation where you’d like to work, it’s always a great idea. We’ve helped a lot of people find a job in the Silicon Valley, and coming on site to interview was a game changer. Nothing can replace human interaction. Most companies will test your skills but will also want to understand your personality: they want to make sure you will fit in the company culture.

 

Prepare your trip abroad

Reach out to people from your community: friends, ex-workmates, alumni. Chat with them, they might be able to give you some insight regarding the job market; better, they might even be able to refer you for an open position at their company!

Look for any meetup event, conference or hackathon, and if there is one, sync your trip up with those. They are great ways to meet many people and companies in a short period of time.

Tell companies you are coming and schedule interviews, make sure to warn them ahead of time. Book as many interviews as you can, obviously TechMeAbroad will be your best friend for that, we are worldwide so there is a great chance we will have job opportunities where you want to go.

 

Be prepared

Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is up to date (in the language of the country) to show what you have done in your career: publish as much work and technical material as you can on your Github, blog or SlideShare.  If you just graduated, share any school project or side project.

Also very importantly, prepare yourself for technical interviews. Indeed, technical interviews tend to be quite different from the regular day-to-day work, you need to train your brain back into solving interview-type problems.

 

Have a strategy

International job hunting can be tough, but if you are organized and have a strategy, it ends up being quite easy. Be sure to understand what the possibilities are in terms of job openings, and it’s always good too to have a good idea of how the immigration system works.. It might take you a few months or sometimes a few years to get there. Growing a network, getting yourself up to the industry standard, all of this is hard work, but in the end, it will absolutely pay.

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Here are the top 10 countries expatriates in Tech want to go to

We have computed tens of thousands of applications and searches on TechMeAbroad in May to understand where talent in Tech dream to move to. As expected, the US remain the top destination, while France takes an unexpected and solid second place. What is not surprising though, is that China, with its massive startup scene, and its numerous Unicorns attract more and more Tech talent and scores #10. The Netherlands, #8, is also a top destination in Tech, as the country has done a lot to attract Tech talent in the recent months.

Here is the list of the top 10 countries TechMeAbroad users applied to and searched for in May.

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What’s also interesting is that other countries, such as Spain, Italy and Sweden are usually top destinations expats want to go to, but when it comes to technology, these countries are not as attractive and they did not make it to the top 10 list.

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What about you? Where would you like to relocate to work at a great tech startup abroad?

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Improving TechMeAbroad for you (June 2015)

On our quest to be the best way for you to recruit abroad or be recruited from abroad, we constantly update TechMeAbroad based on your feedback. Here’s some of the most meaningful stuff that we added for you lately.

For jobseekers

Read your own job applications

What jobs did you apply to again? Oh, and what was in those cover letters again?

It will all come back to you when you check out your new “My Job Applications” page.

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Write rich cover letters

We’ve found that most successful cover letters are customized for each company; recruiters love it when they can see that you didn’t just copy-paste for them.

So, we’re giving you the opportunity to dress (your cover letters) to impress, by turning them into rich texts rather than plain texts. Make good use of it, and write cover letters that rock!

How old is that listing?

You can now find out right under the job’s title, on the job post’s page!

Help us keep job posts international!

A recruiter is telling you that they don’t recruit from abroad, or don’t recruit at all? Then our posting might be outdated. Let us know through the dedicated link on each job post.

Still, be alerted

We were telling you about them earlier, and we’ve been delighted to find them to be wildly popular with our users. And rightfully so: you can now be notified immediately for every new job post that matches what you’re looking for, and be the first to apply!

You haven’t set any alert yet? Go do it right now, by hitting the “Alert me!” button on searches that are relevant to you.

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For recruiters

Move to trash

We were told many times by recruiters that they wanted to archive away some job applications from their “Manage Jobs” dashboard, after they replied to the applicant. So, we added a system very similar to the “Move to Trash” feature you find on computer operating systems.

Basically, you can move the application away to a more discreet pile, and you can always put it back in your main pile later if you change your mind.

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Notify specific e-mails for each job

For some companies, the person posting the job online, and the person (or people) reviewing the coming applications are not the same. For instance, you might be an international company and have openings for several countries, and you’d like the team of each country to review their own applicants.

You can now specify emails to notify upon new job applications on each separate job listing.

A special case for the EU

Although no visa sponsoring is needed for citizens of some EU countries (those in the so-called “Schengen area”, plus some others), we had an outcry of both recruiters and jobseekers interested in being connected with each other within those borders. If you post a job post for one of those countries, you will be given an extra option to specify if you are particularly interested in EU citizens.

Whether you are a jobseeker or a recruiter…

The only way for us to keep improving TechMeAbroad, and make it the perfect tool for you to recruit abroad, or find your dream job, is when nice people take the time to give us feedback. Let us know how we could make TechMeAbroad better!

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Welcome to Miami, Tommy!

Tommy recently found an internship in Miami, Florida via TechMeAbroad. He agreed to share a bit of his story with us.

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I was in high school and not interested by what I was being taught: I wanted to learn IT. So I applied to IT schools but without a degree, they would not accept me. Except for the school 42!  During my first year I have to do an internship and thanks to TechMeAbroad, I found one in Miami!

I got a J-1 visa, and it was actually easy to do : Give some basic information, attend an interview at the U.S. embassy and that’s it! I got my visa in 2 weeks, it was super fast!

I have been there for a few days now. Life in Miami is awesome, sun, beach and my boss is sharing all the tips about the best spots in the city. It’s also an interesting city because many people speak Spanish, so I’m learning it!

Welcome to Miami Tommy!

Are you also looking for a job or an internship in the United States? Bon voyage!

 

Note: School 42 is an official partner of TechMeAbroad
Credit photo: Martin Pilát

 

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TechMeAbroad helps Startup42 companies to recruit abroad

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Today, TechMeAbroad and Startup42 – an accelerator helping early-stage technology startups – announce a partnership to help their companies recruiting talent abroad.

“Even though France is training fantastic engineers, we unfortunately don’t train enough of them and it become hard for companies to find talent they need. Thanks to TechMeAbroad, our startups will have access to thousands of candidates who are willing to move to France”, said Daniel Jarjoura, Startup42 Founder.

Until TechMeAbroad, French companies could not easily look abroad for talents that are missing in France. As the Tech industry is booming and the startup world is accelerating, this need will greatly increase in the next years. “We are urgently looking for a system engineer but are having hard times to find one” said Benjamin Laplane, Defab co-founder, a Startup42 company.

Paris seen 3rd most appealing city to work in

France is a country that have one of the best quality of life in the world: food, wine, health care, education, history, architecture… According to a recent study, Paris is ranked the 3rd most appealing city to work in behind London and NYC. “I know many talented american engineers who would love to work in France”, said Sylvain Kalache, co-founder of TechMeAbroad”.  He adds ”Yet French companies usually don’t think about this possibility, we are going to change that”.

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Work In The USA: No H-1B Left… So What?

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The American H-1B visa, while it could be a key fuel for the U.S. economy (because it’s exactly about the immigration of high-skilled workers), is notoriously so badly set up that a lot of high-skilled workers and the American companies that badly needs them just give up trying to connect together.

And yet, many others find a job and immigrate all year long to work in many other American companies. By stealing so much media attention, the infamous H-1B makes many people forget that there are many other kinds of employment-based visas in the U.S..

Note that this article is not trying to be exhaustive about the pros and cons of each U.S. employment-based temporary visa, but merely attempts to give an overview of possibilities. If you’d like to know which U.S. visa would apply the most greatly to your case, the best thing to do is to get in touch with us, and tell us your story.

The J-1 visa

Often thought to be designed for interns only, the J-1 visa’s intention is rather to promote “cultural exchange” through training, which makes a lot of non-intern jobs qualify. It is an especially attractive visa for smaller companies, who need the applicant to start as quickly as possible.

There are many ways to get your training plan validated by the USCIS (the U.S. immigration office), and most people simply use organizations that are authorized by the government to set up J-1-based exchanges. The best thing about this visa? Once you’ve gathered all of the information you need, you can actually get it validated in… 1 day!

The O-1 visa

Often thought to be only for Nobel prizes, the visa for “individuals with extraordinary abilities” is actually accessible to much, much more people than that! One of TechMeAbroad’s founders has had one in the past, and as you can guess, none of us has any Nobel prize!

To get the O-1, the candidate will need to build a pretty impressive career by the USCIS standards: awards, publications, conference talks, association membership, … But as it turns out, even if the candidate is not eligible right now, it’s not amazingly hard for them to become eligible, by pursuing the proper kind of experiences. This applies really well to tech, where there are many awards given at hackathons, conferences open to newcomers, associations to join, …

Working towards that visa can take from a few months to a few years of continuous work, but the results are very compelling: not only will you have made sure to secure a pretty comfortable visa (there are no quotas at all on O-1 visas), but your career also just got a huge boost!

(Stay tuned to our blog for more information coming about what to do to build a O-1 case, but meanwhile, you can also read how Paul Duan, Bayes Impact’s founder, did it for himself.)

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The L-1 visa

If the U.S. company has a branch in a country where the candidate is allowed to work, then they can agree for the candidate to work remotely there for 12 months (usually containing travels to the U.S. every few weeks). After 12 months, they are allowed to apply for an “internal transfer” visa into the U.S.

The E-2 visa

A company funded through an investment of money coming from one of these countries (there are currently 80) can hire a citizen from that same country through a E-2 visa. On TechMeAbroad, when a company is eligible to send candidates on E-2 visas, their offers will carry a “E-2” tile, with the required citizenship of the candidate right next to it.

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The limited-citizenship TN, E3, H1B1 visas

Some special U.S. visas exist for citizens of a handful of countries with which the U.S. has special agreements. If you have a Mexican, Canadian, Australian, Chilean or Singaporean citizenship, you’re in luck!

So what next?

Recruiters: you shouldn’t wait any longer to post your job offers; once you’ve met the perfect fit, wherever in the world that fit may be right now, then it will be the perfect time to worry about what visa will get your candidate to come over, and get in touch with us or with your usual immigration attorney.

Jobseekers: you shouldn’t wait any longer to apply to jobs! U.S. employers will usually want to know you and assess you before talking anything about visas; and then, if the fit is great, they will use their immigration attorney to see how best to get that done.

How about a little cup of something else?

Even though there are many routes to employment-based immigration in the U.S., the path is still not as straightforward as it should be at all, considering the value high-skilled workers are known to bring to an economy.

We’ve found out that most TechMeAbroad users apply to offers from more than one country, and we commend them for that: multiplying your chances by putting your eggs in different baskets is a very smart move, and there are many other amazing experiences to live, everywhere around the world. Check them out now on our job listing!

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Looking for Java, iOS or C# developer?

If yes, we got your covered!

Indeed, these programming languages; Java, iOS and C# have been the most searched languages by our users within the past 2 weeks. It actually confirms the trend found by codeeval, except for iOS that took Python’s spot.

If you are a company looking for this type of developer and willing to recruit abroad, it seems that we have a lot of candidates looking for a position with this type of skill, so post your job offer right away, it’s free!

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TechMeAbroad extends its partnerships in Europe with Epitech

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San Francisco, CA – Thursday May 7th. Today, TechMeAbroad and Epitech – the European Institute of Technology – announce a partnership to help Epitech students and alumni find internships and jobs abroad.

“Our students and alumni are actively looking for jobs abroad, and until we spoke with TechMeAbroad, we could not help them as much as we wanted. Thanks to TechMeAbroad, our students and alumni will have access to hundreds of tech job offers from companies sponsoring visas.” said Emmanuel Carli, Epitech Director.

Julien Barbier, the co-founder and CEO of TechMeAbroad, knows this problem very well. Eight years ago, the Epitech alumnus was looking for a job in the US and couldn’t find any company willing to hire him. “Since the time I graduated, my dream was to be part of a Silicon Valley startup. I remember sending dozens of emails to Silicon Valley companies. Out of 200 emails, I received only four answers and none of them were willing to sponsor a visa. Engineers all around the world are facing the same issue. Thanks to TechMeAbroad, we can now help them connect with companies across borders,” Julien said.

Epitech students and alumni will be able to access offers directly from their intranet and Epitech will also have a dedicated page on TechMeAbroad to facilitate the hiring of talents by their alumni. “We have hundreds of alumni all around the world and they are also hiring other Epitech alumni. TechMeAbroad will facilitate the connection between those international Epitech alumni and graduates.” said Emmanuel Carli, Epitech Director.

Earlier this week, another Epitech alumnus was talking about how he found a job in San Francisco within a week thanks to TechMeAbroad. “Through this partnership, we want to serve more graduates and make the process easier for Epitech alumni.” Said Sylvain Kalache, co-founder of TechMeAbroad

 

Learn more about Epitech

Epitech has solidified its reputation as a leading educational institution transforming a passion for computer science into expertise, opening doors to high-potential employment opportunities comparable to those enjoyed by graduates from the elite French Universities, also known as the “Grandes Ecoles” (96% employment rate after graduation). Business demands functional education based on the innovative Epitech model, which is built upon three qualities that are increasingly required in the workplace: adaptability, self-development and a sense of project management.

Epitech prepares students for the ever-evolving professional environment through unique learning methods

Read more : http://international.epitech.eu/

 

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