How to use your OPT to your advantage?

This is what I came across three years ago when I was looking for a summer job:
After an interview, the HR told me,
"Your resume is very impressive, but we don't sponsor International students..Sorry."
A year later, I met this HR in another event.
"Oh, you still don't have a green card yet? Sorry, our company policy still haven't changed yet."

I really wanted to say this to this HR person ---It's all right, it is your LOSS.
Though I wanted to say it, I didn't because it's not a good idea to burn bridges in this actuarial community.

So how to you use your international student status to your advantage?
I called it the "Test Drive" technique:

"Yes, I can certainly understand your concern. But do you know that I can work in the states for one year, using my optional practical training(OPT), without the company paying for the working visa application fees?

Hence, I can work for your company for a year without the working visa. After a year, if you like my working performance, you can then initiate the working visa application process. I would see this year as a risk-free "test-driving" period of my ability.

Win-win situation. If you want to know anything more about the OPT, I can have the director of the international center of my school to contact you tomorrow. "

"All I ask is a chance to prove myself and I believe I'm the best candidate for this position."

Then you close the deal by--(an indrect close)

"What do you think? "

Thank you to Gretchen and Tom for providing the advice on the Netoworking Workshop yesterday!

Further Reference:
Six Ways to Close the Deal
Optional Practical Training

P.S. These are only my two cents. Please also seek for professional advice from your school International Center.


Beibei said...

hey, are you?

so long never talk to u, even online.. looking for jobs already? how time flies. all the best!

James said...

I really wanted to say this to this HR person ---It's all right, it is your LOSS.

In your case, I would agree. I know I would hire you, regardless of whether you were a US national.

However, it's hard to escape a feeling of rejection when someone turns you down. I think as actuaries, we have to confidence in our own ability to face challenges and to say, "it IS your loss" when turned down for a position. (But don't forget to write those thank-you notes for being interviewed!)