I need some advice. I am a compsci student from Chile, although I have already finished my curriculum and I am working on my thesis. I want to find a job in the US, although I have no clue on where to start or what I should be doing first. I've sent some few resumés and I've been rejected from everywhere without much explanation. I would find an internship, but given I am done with my curriculum I can't apply for one, and my thesis is already being worked on.
What would you suggest me to do? I've tried all I know I can do, including updating my LinkedIn profile and improving my resumé, but nothing has worked yet and I have the feeling something's not right on what I am doing...
Regarding visas I can apply to a H1B or H1B1 visa, so one way or another I'll be able to go.
All and any help will be appreciated, thank you!
You will never ever be given a job in the United States straight out of college. You need to prove that you're uniquely qualified to do the position you're applying to so that an American citizen isn't being deprived of an employment opportunity. Applying to these american companies and applying for visas is a waste of time for you, and it is a waste of time for the people having to trash your resume. If you're so desperate to not live in a third world shithole, try other first world countries in Europe where they'll bend over and spread their buttcheeks for you.
If you spontaneously decide to grow a brain, you can start applying to tech-oriented companies in your country.
I'm not sure OP. Maybe try looking on Craigslist, posting on a subreddit/other site of an American city you desire/closest to you (I'm not kidding), or going to another country besides the US.
I disagree. There has to be a way to get into the US, the tech industry has a lack of professionals, and in my country we're underpaid (1k usd monthly for a recently graduate) and the only city with decent jobs has an awful quality of life.
How do I use Craigslist and Reddit for this? I'm willing to do it, but I don't want to screw up on my first try.
That's sadly a good point, but I really don't want to live there. In short everyone wants to escape that city, but no one does because it's a good source of jobs and because every other city falls short of services and stuff.
But their life quality sucks major ass and I would rather live an adventure elsewhere than to live there in a safer environment.
Posting your story on an America city's subreddit, or posting a bit of your story along with your job qualifications and determination.
Doing the same on Craigslist (be careful of weirdos, though) or applying to job posts on Craigslist.
You could also try applying and posting your resume on Indeed
A lot of employers will ask if you require them to sponsor you for a visa. Many will automatically not take you if you say yes. Unfortunately that is the sad reality, it requires extra costs and paperwork for them to sponsor you, and lots of times they'll only do it if you have a particular set of skills that it's hard for them to find candidates for. You might have to be willing to take less pay or do more difficult work or something if you want a better chance. Good luck.
I will take that as advice, thank you. I will try doing that in a short while, actually!
I can then say I can apply to a H1B1 visa which almost always gets passed, unlike H1B. Oh and this does not explain how many other foreigners can grab those jobs after all.
Find a large international consultancy like Tata, Cognizant, or something similar. They will sponsor your visa but you will be their fucking slave working 80 hour weeks for SHIT money at some of the shittiest software dev jobs in the US. If you can do this without a mental breakdown for about 8 years or so then eventually you MIGHT get a Green Card with a lot of work, then you won't need a sponsor anymore and you can make close to 6 figures in the states and make your own way.
I work with at least 2 south american guys on my team right now that did this.
I've been extremely wary of consultancy companies exactly because of this. I was thinking that I could apply to other jobs meanwhile? Or should I just take them as a last resort?
They are enormously successful precisely because it is so hard to get a job in the US as a foreigner without a sponsorship and because so many people like you come from countries that have so many shit problems (mostly caused by the US I might add) that you feel the need to sacrifice so much just to try and live here.
Tata and Cognizant are successful at placing in American businesses because there are a lot of REALLY REALLY shitty developer jobs here at shitty companies that Americans don't want to work for. American corporations swell their ranks with foreigners like you from companies like Tata while the Americans work the cool swanky startup jobs or larger companies that actually treat their people well and pay well.
The only other option for you is to take a chance at a startup in your own country or do the Freelancing lifestyle for a while, but clients suck and it is hard to make money in that. Everything is a race to the bottom and clients always pick the lowest bidder even though they always get shit results and complain about how freelancers suck.
I just did a little research, and to be honest this is very disheartening. I mean, it almost feels like I have got no choice for a decent job: I either sacrifice a decent life style for a shitty one (by staying here) or I do the same but abroad (it seems we foreigners don't have the right for a decent life style - not like living abroad is easy, either!). Freelancing gives me the decent life style at the cost of a lower overall wage, and startups.. Well, they apparently are my only choice, if I ever get to find one.
I now feel really lost, I don't even know if I will be able to go out and find a job, this is extremely disheartening on every single end. It even feels like a lose-lose situation.
Well... yeah kind of. It is a little better in America but not by much.
Life is kind of unfair and this is what capitalism has done to your country and every other country in the world practically. Imagine if Pinochet never was placed as a dictator by the United States and you were still a socialist country. You would probably get a job in a copper mine but then have a home, food on the table, education for your children, free healthcare, retirement and a few luxuries guaranteed to you. Life could conceivably be better for you and others in your country.
But no, rich people can't have a country stand on its own self sufficient. We need poor desperate people to make wealthy people wealthier.
But I digress. It isn't terribly bad for you. Consider how unfortunate many in your country have it in life. In the end, being a software developer isn't that bad of a life. We sit in an air conditioned office all day drinking coffee and we have a decent place and food on the table with a little bit of savings. Could be worse right?
We should have glassed your whole fracking civilization
Could be worse, I agree. I just don't want to live in a city where I am guaranteed to have a hectic life 24/7, in a country where I am expected to sit in a chair for 8 hours straight (because this is how people measure productivity here, I shit you not) or otherwise I will get yelled at (despite IT being mentally draining), and where I may take well over 1 hour and a half to commute.
On the other hand, I know that I could get potentially better job environments and a better quality of life elsewhere, but if we foreigners get abused to no end only to get what I am wanting... It's completely disheartening that the sole fact of trying to get a job means I won't be able to live in a calm place without too many issues - developing is already difficult as it is.
I must start thinking what I will be able to do from now on, and probably reconsider getting a job in the US, although I might keep trying.
Well it isn't quite that bad where people are measuring your productivity like that at some of the worst jobs in the states. It is in fact better here in that regards. Life is calmer and easier outside of the office and you generally will have at least one day in the weekend to you and your family. If you are in a small city then life can be peaceful and quiet.
International consultancy does sound like it might be the best option for you. Like I said, if you are GOOD at what you do, you will work 12+ hour days but you will live a little better than staying at home.
I will evaluate working on consultancy, although I will try other ways first. I read an article that mentions how they exploit foreigners (https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2013/03/30/visa-program-has-been-hijacked-outsourcers/VAg6o9KgS2tuoZ3WbmaqeK/story.html) and you just told me I'd have to work there for 8 years, 8 years I could be using to study more things and learning new technologies instead. I see no future there.