5.4.2. What if nothing works?

As the second-year recruiting season progresses, make sure you constantly evaluate your chances of getting the job you want in the US. If it’s not looking very good, and before giving up, consider the following:

– Have a serious talk with the Placement Office people: They are there to help. After the recruiting season, their workload is probably low, and they will be able to help you personally in your last effort (even after you leave B-School). Remember they are as interested in finding you a job as you are.

– Buy more time: Anxiety starts bothering you as the conclusion of the school term approaches. Your visa is soon to expire; money is scarce, and you start to feel under pressure. Try to buy some additional time in the US by finding a short term project you can work at – at the B-School, the University, local entrepreneurs, or the like. This additional time can make the difference between finding and not finding a job.

– Consider Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Europe: These countries offer many of the advantages the US has (those you are looking for), but have less strict immigration policies, and probably less supply of highly qualified labor. Search globally.

– A multinational company in your country: If you are going back to your country, and want to improve your chances of returning to the US, try to get hired by a multinational corporation. As you climb the corporation ladder, chances improve of being either relocated or promoted to a regional leadership position (very often working from the US). Meanwhile, you will be working in an environment which closely resembles working in the US.

– Find companies and/or business models you can export to your country: Spending two years in the US allows you to study and learn about companies and businesses you could potentially copy or represent in your country. Being in the US, with the appropriate communication skills, and with an MBA under your belt, will allow you to contact and research all sorts of opportunities.