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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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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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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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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