How to get a job after not working for a year waiting for green card?

Right after graduation I worked in a very reputable bank in nyc for a year and had to go back to my country. Worked in my country almost a year and returned to the USA and I have been waiting for my green card / work permit to arrive for almost a year. Now I have a whole gap year on my resume and I'm still so young and a little inexperienced. I'm a bit worried about the job hunt. What should I say in my interview if I could manage to get one. Any advice on resume as well?

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Comments (8)

Jan 3, 2019

Probably a dumb question but because you don't have it you can't work any jobs? You probably should have just sat for the CFA level 1 just to show you were doing something or created your own business.

I think once you get in the door you can easily explain it but the problem is going to be people's reactions to seeing that on the resume

Jan 3, 2019

Yes without work permit or a green card I can't legally work so I was waiting for that. CFA was a good idea thank you maybe I still have time to study. Yeah maybe my question should have been what would be hiring managers reaction and what should I do to explain myself better I guess. Or how should I get my self an interview?

Jan 3, 2019

You're definitely going to have to network your way in. What kind of job did you do in your country? Unfortunately 1 year isn't a ton of experience to get you in on merit

Jan 3, 2019

I worked in a motor/engine company as a production analyst.

Jan 3, 2019
manwithnomotive:

What should I say in my interview if I could manage to get one.

manwithnomotive:

I worked in a motor/engine company as a production analyst.

Maybe you should tell them that you worked in a motor/engine company as a production analyst.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jan 3, 2019

Yes but after that I moved back to the U.S and it has been almost a year now that I haven't worked because I had to wait here in the U.S for my green card. Sorry if I wasn't clear before.

Jan 3, 2019
manwithnomotive:

Yes but after that I moved back to the U.S and it has been almost a year now that I haven't worked because I had to wait here in the U.S for my green card. Sorry if I wasn't clear before.

Oh.

Why would you leave your country where you were working to wait in the US for a year? Why didn't you just keep working until your green card cleared?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jan 3, 2019