Finding a job in the U.S. for the summer can be difficult. If you are thinking about participating in our program, you should consider our Job Placement program. We connect you with potential employers and take care of the hiring process for you.
If you are already a participant looking for a job in the U.S., below are resources to assist you with your job hunt. Before applying for any position in the U.S., please be sure that you understand InterExchange's job verification process and review the list of prohibited jobs.
When seeking temporary employment in the U.S., you should provide a resume and cover letter for potential employers. A resume is a written document that highlights your relevant work experience, skills, and education for the advertised position. A cover letter states your interest in the job and highlights key skills and experience that are detailed in your resume.
The samples below are only provided to guide you in composing these professional documents. You should personalize the information so it's specific to your background and experience.
There are hundreds of online job search engines in the United States. The following websites allow you to post your resume, search listings by industry, find job hunting advice, and discover tips for cover letters, resumes, and interviewing:
Follow these guidelines when you apply:
- Make a list of companies or job postings that interest you.
- Ensure that you meet any requirements in the job descriptions and that you have researched the company and its location.
- If you're applying for a specific position, include all the requested documents and follow any application instructions listed in the job posting. Follow all application instructions carefully.
If an employer responds to your application to schedule an interview, make sure you are ready to discuss your skills and experience. Be especially prepared to discuss the experiences and skills you have listed in your resume and cover letter. To prepare for your interview:
- Gather as much information as possible about the company and write a list of questions that you'd like to ask your interviewer. Many of your questions will be discussed throughout the interview, but you should prepare enough questions to learn more about the company and the position. American employers expect and want applicants to ask questions about the job.
- Practice your interview with a friend or family member. For a list of interview questions you may be asked and other interviewing tips, visit Jobinterviewquestions.org.
- On the day of the interview, be on time and be prepared! If you are interviewing via phone or webcam, test your equipment in advance so that you are sure you know how it works. Also, be sure to find a quiet and private spot so that your interview will not be interrupted and there will be no distractions.
- Within 24 hours after the interview, always send an email to thank the interviewer(s) for their time and to reaffirm your interest in the position. Make sure you have the contact information (names, titles and email addresses) for all of your interviewers.