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At first sight, working in the United States seems easy. With an unemployment rate of 4.9 percent, finding a job in the United States should be a breeze. Note: when you move to United States, finding a job is quite a challenge. There are good opportunities for the highly skilled expat on the American job market. On this page you'll find the most important information about working: what about the work visa, in which sectors in the United States is it easiest to find a job and what is the American work culture? You'll also find useful tips here when preparing a resume and job interview.

Work temporarily or permanently in the United States

If you are staying in the United States for more than 90 days, you need a visa called the ESTA. You don't need to apply for a visa for a business trip. If you want to work temporarily in United States, there is a special visa for this: the H-1B visa. With this visa you can work in the United States for three years. Permanent working in the United States in particular is of course interesting. You need a different visa for this. With some agencies in the United States you may be eligible for a permanent work and residence permit. You must get approval for this from the USCIS service through an immigration petition. This petition is normally requested by your American employer. This employer usually has to apply for a work certification from the Ministry of Labor. The Ministry of the Interior will then issue your immigrant visa number. This number is then your permanent residence permit.

Ultimately, you need the Green Card to live and work in the United States all your life. This residence permit gives you the same rights as all other American citizens. Every year 50,000 people are drawn by the US government for such a Green Card lottery. Getting a visa in the United States isn't easy, but not impossible either. For more specific information about the visa in United States, you can also look at the page visa in United States.

Work culture in America

First, hierarchy is more clearly present in American business life. Criticizing others is therefore not generally appreciated. Furthermore, American culture is all about work and earning money. In the United States there is a real culture in which people have to cope with work. It's also important to keep in mind that the American business culture is primarily focused on the short term. Decisions are made quickly and people want to get results right away. In the United States it's even more common to receive bonuses and commissions on your performance.

Time is very important for Americans, because time is money. That's why the American work culture is busy, busy and more busy. The 'elevator pitch' therefore comes from here for a reason. Americans are hard workers and working weeks of more than 50 hours per work is therefore not common. Holidays are usually shorter than in Europe. Therefore take into account a busy, hectic job. Finally, it's very important to remember that you can safely make jokes in the American workplace, but not in the field of politics or religion. This is sensitive to most people and a joke about this is really 'not done'.

Major sectors in America

As you have already read, the unemployment rate in the United States is currently only 4.9 percent! However, bear in mind that the job offer varies greatly per sector and per state. Research from Forbes shows that you can find the fastest job in the following 5 states:

  • Washington
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Colorado
  • Oregon

In which sectors do I find the fastest job as an expat?

If you want to work in United States, you'll find the easiest job in the service sector. There are many opportunities in sectors such as software engineering, medicine and health, environmental protection and the computer industry. The most opportunities for expats lie in the field of high technology and niche markets. the United States is of course the land of technology, including the flourishing Sillicon Valley. When you have done a technological study, the jobs are ready for the taking in United States.

CV and application

Due to the presence of the internet you can view vacancies online. Many job boards (CareerBuilder, or Jooble) offer many opportunities for finding work in the United States. Your network in the United States is also one of the most important ways to get a job. Personal contact with friends of colleagues, family or friends is very useful. This also applies to using LinkedIn. Before you start looking for work, you must also ensure that your resume is in order. CV? They don't know that in America! Unlike many countries, the term resume is the only correct one in the United States. You can send your resume to potential employers separately. Here are some tips for preparing your CV:

  • Record employers from the past in chronological order, starting with your first employer;
  • The intention is that you briefly and briefly explain what your qualities, experiences and competences are;
  • It's not unusual in the United States not to add a photo to your resume, because qualifications are the most important;
  • In the United States you can easily write phrases in your cover letter such as: "I think you need ..." or "Without me, your sales department will have nothing."
  • During the application it's also good to be clear. Doubtful or confidential topics such as religion and ethnicity are better avoided at the start.

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