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American Dream – Finding Employment

Finding Employment

Generally speaking finding employment can be perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of relocating. The Department of Labor (DOL) has an interest in protecting the US labor force from employers sourcing their labor overseas and bringing them into the US. As a result large companies will set up overseas branches in places like Asia and India to take advantage of the cheap labor instead. In addition, the DOL has set up a process called Labor Certification to ensure that for many classes of jobs offers of employment cannot be taken up by aliens without DOL approval first.

For ordinary folk looking to enter the US to find work such restrictions on employment can present a major barrier. US employers are very much aware of these restrictions so rather than being bothered to navigate their way through it they instead decide not hire anyone who is not a green card holder or US citizen.

It is true that these restrictions might at first seem very daunting and almost insurmountable. Nevertheless this is the reality of the situation, so be prepared.

Having a Bachelors Degree or Professional Qualification: Being well educated can be a real advantage when looking for employment in the US. Firstly, when you have a BA or equivalent there is an immigration visa called an H-1B that will enable a US employer to hire you without first having to go through Labor Certification. Once being offered the position you can immediately go on to making a formal visa application. There is a lot of immigration and administrative work to be done, but at least a major hurdle would have been overcome.

If you would like to learn more about H-1B visas see the Immigration Overview Chapter.

Not Having a Bachelors Degree of Professional Qualification: If you do not have BA but have some college education and have substantial experience in a skilled or management field then you may still qualify for an H-1B visa. Whether you have a degree or not, going through a process called a ‘credential evaluation’ would be a good idea. There are various professional bodies like the ‘National Association of Credential Evaluation Services’ (NACES) and ‘Association of International Educators’ (NAFSA) that will be able to check all of your qualifications and work experience to see whether they would be deemed equivalent to that of a BA and by extension a H-1B. Not all credential evaluators are qualified to evaluate experience so make sure they can do both if this is required.

If you are quite close to having a BA or equivalent then it would be certainly well worth your while trying to get sufficient college credits or management experience to make this grade. This is because for clients and aliens wishing to enter the US to find work at the non-skilled and semi-skilled level there are view visa opportunities unless the particular skill is in short supply. For example, many states and counties are experiencing a labor shortage of qualified mechanics, electricians, plumbers and the like. Employers who are having difficulty finding suitable local talent can apply overseas but they will still have to go through Labor Certification. If successful then the alien can apply for a H-2B visa for periods of up to one year.

The Importance of Networking: Unless you are exceptionally fortunate, if you don’t know anyone in the county where you wish to live and work in the US it will be difficult to find work. Yes, there are many employment agencies, newspaper job adds and online opportunities in the area where you will want to work. Employers do bear in mind the above outlined restrictions and may be reluctant to consider hiring you without a very good reason. The only way to make a really good impression is by networking and the only way you can do that is by setting some time aside to visit the US for an extended period to start building up these contacts.

You may well have to be prepared to join local clubs and associations just to be able to make friends. British Expatriate Pubs and Clubs is an excellent way to make friends. Remember, you’ve got to stand out over and above the competition for your job, but also sufficiently well for an employer to be prepared to jump through hoops to hire you when they could hire the next guy without any hassle at all.

Many prospective employers might are also put off hiring an alien because of the legal costs that would be incurred in making the visa application. The issue can be neutralized where the alien makes it plain that they would meet any legal costs that the employer incurred.

Breakthrough USA is very experienced in working with prospective employers in putting all the legal paperwork together necessary to hire you. As soon as you find yourself in this favorable position please make contact with us for advice and assistance.

Employment Services

Employment Services
Atlanta Business Chronicle
California Employment Agency – CSI Recruitment
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Direct Job – Florida
Directory of Executive Recruiters
Yellow Pages Employment Agency Directory Newspapers in Florida

British Pubs in Florida
Cricketer’s Pub English owners Alan and Maizie Gold (727) 869-8817
BOCA RATON: Lion and Eagle Owner Marti Crompton (561) 447-7707
BOCA RATON: The Wishing Well Irish owners John Ferrie and David: British Network meetings there and we Brits think it’s a super pub. (561) 750-5208
BOYNTON BEACH: Red Lion Boynton Lisa Mercado (561) 737-0434
BRANDON: Fox and Hounds Pub Brenda Gerharder (813) 657-1711
BONITA SPRINGS: British Open Pub Anne and Bernard Nabs (239) 949-0302
COCOA BEACH: The Cottage Pub English owner Mark Proctor (321) 784-2155
DAYTONA: Sly Fox Britowners Eddie/Jackie Lawton (904) 767-0078
DELRAY BEACH: Blue Anchor Pub English owner Lee Harrison (561) 272-7272
DUNEDIN: The Cricketer’s Pub English owner Bob Duncan (727) 736-1322
FT. LAUDERDALE: Fox And Hounds English owner Guy Hutcheson (954) 491-9582
FT. LAUDERDALE- Dania Beach: King’s Head Pub English owner Troy Standish and wife Winnie. The home-cooked British dishes here are excellent here-PK (954) 922-5722
FT. FAUDERDALE: Frog and Toad Pub English owner Martin Churchill (954) 491-3697
FT. LAUDERDALE: Biddy Early’s Irish pub. British owner Bob Godfrey. (954) 567-1990
FT. LAUDERDALE-Sunrise: King’s Head Pub English owner Shirley Hodgson (954) 572-5933
FT. LAUDERDALE: WAXY O’CONNORS Pub On 17th. Street Causeway. It’s an Irish Pub but a huge Brits gathering place. (954) 525-9299
INVERNESS: Fox and Hounds American owner Kim (352) 344-5555
JACKSONVILLE: London Bridge Pub KISSIMMEE: Queen Victoria Tavern Britowners Steve Carroll & Martin Reardon 4657 Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee 34746 (904) 359-0001
KISSIMMEE: British owner Rodney Forton (407) 396-4114
KISSIMMEE: Rovers Return English owners Debbie and Stuart Price (407) 870-1535
KISSIMMEE: Fox and Hounds English owners Jan and Erica Huet (407) 847-9927
KISSIMMEE: The Stage Door British owner Jason Scott (863) 424-8056
LARGO: Rose and Crown Scottish owner Alistair Anderson (727) 593-7673
MIAMI: Churchill’s Pub English owners David Daniels and Mike Toms (305) 757-1807
NAPLES: The English Pub (941) 774-5371
NEWPORT RICHEY: Cricketer’s Arms English owners Alan and Maizie Gold (727) 372-3011
ORLANDO: Cricketer’s Arms English Phil Coppen (407) 354-0686
ORLANDO: Bull and Bush American owner Susan Altman (407) 896-7546
ORLANDO: Scallywags Pub Scottish owner Karen Joyce (407) 240-4022
ORLANDO- Sanford: Emerald Hen Irish Pub Owner Heather Moore 407) 620-8548
POMPANO BEACH: The Piper Scottish owner Jamie Docherty (954) 941-1714
PORT ST. LUCIE WestSide Pub British owner Jennifer Lewenec, Brit Manager Steve Kettle (772) 340-1223
ST. PETERSBURG: Horse and Jockey Victor Fox 95 (727) 345-49
ST. AUGUSTINE: King’s Head Anne Van Dyke (904) 825-2373
ST. AUGUSTINE English owner Michael Dyke (904) 810-5111
SEMINOLE: London Bus Pub Carolyn Henderson (813) 399-1122
ST.PETERSBURG Limey’s Pub British owner Brian Winstanley (727) 895-2049
LARGO: Rose and Crown Scottish owner Al Anderson (727) 593-7673
LONGBOAT KEY: Longboat Tavern Michael Miles (941) 316-0235
TAMPA: Mad Dogs and Englishman Wilton Morley (813) 839-5680
TAMPA: New Scotland Yard Tee Leeson 813) 249-4920
INDIAN ROCKS BEACH: Red Lion Mark Wicks (727) 596-5411
ST. PETERSBURG: Three Lions Pub Simon Jones (727) 367-2748
ST. PETERSBURG: Limey’s Pub (727) 895-2049
SARASOTA: Coach and Horses English owners Alan Stileman and Eric Hall (941) 358-1353
SARASOTA: The British Open English owner Simon Oliver (941) 927-1022
SARASOTA Churchill’s Pub (941) 951-0990
POMPANO BEACH: The Piper Pub Welsh owner Calvin Davies (954) 941-1714
VENICE: British Open Ian Nabs (941) 492-9227
WEST PALM BEACH: John Bull Pub Ms. Robin Stanton (561) 697-2855

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