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So my friend recently moved to the U. S. He is having a tough time getting a job in IT.
He has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Pakistan. 01 year of experience as IT support engineer in a local company and 03 months of internship in a U. S. company. He has given several interviews but was not hired.

Can I ask experts for some suggestions that might help him get hired?
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Question by:Obaid ur Rehman
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John Hurst earned 100 total points
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He should list the key courses he excelled in on a piece of paper and try to match those against jobs he is applying to. The likelihood is that any role for a new graduate is going to be junior.

Ask him to look in small companies as that might bear more fruit, but possibly at a lower wage as well.
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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Subscribe to LinkedIn and use lynda.com courses.
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by:egarrison
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Small companies are good. Also consider looking at some Temp to Perm companies.  Really depends if he is near large city.  Help out a local church with their computer needed...they always need help.  Since he is from Pakistan, make sure he works on english skills.  Language can be a big issue for many companies.
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by:John Hurst
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The person can also consider a 6 month internship. This will be low pay for sure, but it is a way to get in a door and a way to hone English skills.
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by:Dr. Klahn
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Over the past several years, many Indian and Pakistani degree-granting institutions were exposed as turning out graduates who know less about computers than a randomly chosen man on the street.  This understandably made hiring directors wary of non-U.S. CS degrees.  imo, he is going to have a hard go of it, and may have to settle for an IT support tech job unless he can show relevant experience at a U.S. company with references to back it up.  To that end, as stated above, he should look at interning.
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by:Kyle Santos
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He should ask for reasons why he was not hired.  If he finds out what he can improve on it should help for future interviews.

As John Hurst and Dr. Klahn stated, he should look for internships as well.
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by:Obaid ur Rehman
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Thank you experts!

I will pass your suggestions to him.

Now, how can I mark multiple "Best Solutions"?
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by:Kyle Santos
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Select a Best Solution, then select multiple assisted solutions, click Next and distribute points or use default suggested point split, and complete.
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by:Obaid ur Rehman
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Thank you Kyle!

I have distributed points equally to each contributor.
Please let me know if anyone feels it unjustified.
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Thanks and good luck to your friend
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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Good luck to your friend!
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