LinkedIn Job Search Tips for International Students

Wouldn’t it be nice if LinkedIn added a filter for “H-1B sponsorship available”?

In the meantime, here are some of my top suggestions for finding quality job opportunities through LinkedIn:

  • Need help identifying visa sponsors? Use Ultimate H1B or AiTou Visa Sponsor Checker extensions with Google Chrome to see whether employers have recently sponsored H1Bs.
  • Want to speed up your search? Use Ctrl+F (Windows) or Command+F (Mac) with keywords “visa” or “sponsor” to quickly check whether a position sponsors international students.
  • Have a special skill you hope to leverage in your job search? Use that skill as your search term!
  • Want to make alumni connections? Go to the Duke University LinkedIn page, click “Alumni” and search for potential contacts using keywords.
  • Want to find Duke connections at a specific company? Go to the company’s page, click “People” and enter “Duke” in the search box.
  • Can’t find a recruiter or company contact’s email address on LinkedIn? Try‘s “email finder” and “verifier“.
  • Want to get in touch with a 2nd or 3rd degree connection without LinkedIn Premium? View their profile to see what groups they are in. Join some of those groups, and you’ll be able to message them through the group!
  • Use your free LinkedIn Premium trial strategically. When you’re ready to ramp up your job search and have identified top potential contacts, start your 30 day Linkedin Premium trial and use InMail to reach them!

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By Hal Matthews (he/him)
Hal Matthews (he/him) Associate Director, Global Careers