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 Beijing graduation ceremony

 

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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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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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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How Rémi, a French citizen, found a job in the Silicon Valley

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

I just graduated from Epitech, a French Tech engineering university, and I decided to become self-employed. I signed a few contracts in France and decided to work while travelling around the world. When I arrived in San Francisco I fell in love with it and I decided to try to find a job there and come back as soon as possible. Thanks to TechMeAbroad I found a job in less than a week!

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

Yes, I was looking for a job abroad, but I really was targeting companies/jobs with the best fit. At first I was targeting two countries, the U.S. and China. Two cities to be more specific : Shanghai and San Francisco. Shanghai because I lived there during a year and I really enjoyed it. San Francisco because during my stay in the USA I briefly visited and understood that’s where I wanted to be. I really wanted to find a Tech city to improve my skills.

What tools and websites were you using?

I was using Angel list but the main problem was that all of the company I was in contact with didn’t sponsor visas. TechMeAbroad really came at the perfect time for me and as far as I know, this is the only website listing only job offers that come with a visa.

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

It was very fast. Within a week I found a company which had both a great team and a product I wanted to work on, and after a few online meetings, we started to do the paperwork. I should move to the Silicon Valley and join the company within a few months.

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

Be sure to apply to job offers that match your skills, experience and what you want to do with your career. Work hard on sending an original and complete application. If you can, take the time to add all your professional social networks, such as GitHub or StackOverflow. It will help the company a lot to understand who you are and what your level is. The companies on TechMeAbroad are willing to help you with visa issues, and oftentimes relocation, so take it seriously. Good luck!

 

You can contact Rémi on Twitter

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In a global economy, Tech companies must recruit abroad

In a global economy, Tech companies must recruit abroad

In a global economy, where tech companies are building products for the world, it is nonsensical to only look locally for talents. Not only because depending on their location, they won’t be able to find certain types of talents, but having an international product often requires you to tweak certain aspects to address cultural or market differences.

Ensuring diversity in your team by recruiting abroad is a great way to tackle that issue, and many companies understood this. Some prominent leaders of the High Tech sector such as Dev Khare and Vijay Shekhar are seeing the trend.

Before TechMeAbroad, there was no place where Tech companies could easily find talents willing to move abroad. For candidates, finding a company that is recruiting abroad was also a nightmare. Today, that problem is gone and we are convinced that this trend will make the Tech industry and the life of many tech workers better.

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Get notified on new job postings

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You are dreaming about working abroad and we want to make sure that you have all the tools to make this happen.  Starting now, you can now save your job search as an alert, and be notified as soon as new jobs you’ll like get posted!

Be on top of the game and go create your own personal alerts right now!

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This paradisiacal islet picture above looks pretty amazing right? Thailand could be your next dream job destination! Check out our job openings in Thailand and be sure to set an alert for the criterias that fit you!

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How Impraise recruits tech talents

Even though TechMeAbroad has only been up for a little bit over a month, we are already hearing some interesting success stories from our users. A great case is Impraise, who has been successfully hiring talents via TechMeAbroad.

In recruitee’s blog, Arnaud Camus, Impraise’s co-founder, explains how they are managing and improving their recruiting process. Part of this, is done by tracking the sources of their applicants.  Apparently, we are helping him a lot!

“For interns, we mostly use DutchStartJobs, Heysuccess and TechMeAbroad

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And the stats show it clearly, we are in top sources. 

I directly talked to Arnaud who confirmed that TechMeAbroad makes them competitive on the job market at a whole new level:

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If you are looking for a Tech job within a cool Y Combinator startup in the Netherlands, Impraise is hiring!

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5 Fun Facts About Developers Around The World

StackOverflow recently released an amazing study that highlights some interesting facts about developers in the world.

Luxembourg is where there are the most devs per capita

It looks likes Luxembourg is a pretty sweet spot for developers, who knew? Well you are lucky, TechMeAbroad already has job offers that come with a visa for Luxembourg. Check them out!

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Javascript, king of programming languages

It is true that you can do pretty neat thing with it. Probably why it scored the first place in that ranking. It’s also one of the most requested skills on TechMeAbroad. SQL and Java are good competitors but still have quite a long way to catch up.

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