Event in Review: Working in the USA

by Zoe Potter

“How do I get a job in New York?” is a question that has been asked by many Australians now living in New York.

Belinda Jackson expertly answered this question, and many others like it, on Monday 23 March 2015 at AWNY’s latest event, Working in the USA.

Belinda, who is AWNY’s communications lead, has helped many Australians find employment in New York as part of her consulting business, Prosell International.

Guests were treated to information and wisdom that will prove invaluable when looking for a job in New York and navigating American workplaces. Belinda’s advice covered the job search spectrum, from applications (make sure your CV is only one page in length) to finding a job (LinkedIn is a great source of job advertisements), to getting the job (prepare your elevator pitch), and the importance of networking.

A panel discussion followed during which Jan Muir, Markos Moya and Liz Walsh shared their illuminating stories and insights.

The evening was certainly not all work and no play. There was plenty of time to meet and mingle in the merry atmosphere and enjoy the delicious food and drinks provided by the generous sponsor, QBE.

For a newcomer like me the evening provided loads of helpful advice and made the daunting task of getting a job in New York seem so much more possible. Being surrounded by a group of fabulous and friendly men and women was heartwarming and reinforced what a valuable resource AWNY is.

Proceeds from the evening were donated to Sanctuary for Families, a charity that provides services to victims of domestic violence and trafficking and their children.

Belinda’s top 3 tips for getting a job in the USA are:

  • Get your resume and LinkedIn profile ‘Americanized’. It’s worthwhile getting a professional to review your resume.
  • Work on your ‘Elevator Pitch’. What do you do and who do you help in less than 60 seconds.
  • Network like crazy. It’s a tough market place in the USA with lots of competition for every role, so get out there and capitalize on all the networking opportunities available.

photo: Molly Sawaya of QBE, Belinda Jackson and Lisa Mueller of Sanctuary for Families

photo credit: Melanie Chiew

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