An International Student Guide to Job Searching in Cleveland

Most Effective Job Search Methods:


75-80% of jobs are found through networking!

Networking is the ongoing process of growing personal contacts to gain information about careers. Networking does not involve asking anyone for a job! Your goal is to continually build a network that reaches within your career field until you uncover employer needs.

Get your networking started with a Global Cleveland volunteer:


Respond to Job Openings

5-15% of all jobs are found through job postings

In addition to applying for job openings, use them as a research tool to see what types of positions and skills are listed in your field.

Browse openings here:


Work with Recruiters

10-20% of all jobs are found through recruiters

Retained recruiters are hired by companies to recruit senior level executives with salaries close to $100k and above.

Contingency recruiters seek a broader range of recruits from lower mid-level through and including senior level professionals. Call several firms that specialize in your field and follow up weekly to inquire about available opportunities.

Contact us for more information about recruiters in the Cleveland area.


Contact Companies Directly

5-15% of all jobs are found by contacting companies directly

Coffee meetings, informational interviews, volunteering and internships are great ways to get to know a prospective employer! Research the companies that work in your field and get networking!

Stay tuned, we will cover Tips for Success in our February Newsletter!



Contact Global Cleveland

P: (216) 472-3282

E: [email protected]

1422 Euclid Ave, Suite 1652

Cleveland, Ohio 44115


Global Cleveland launches “Tech Talks” during Tech Week

 OHTec (formerly NEOSA ) launched Tech Week with the intention to expand the Best of Tech Awards and create more awareness of the regional IT industry. The mission has since expanded to support, connect, engage and celebrate the regional IT community. This year Tech Week, April 13 - 17, will feature a weeklong series of events including “Tech Talks”, hosted by Global Cleveland. The FREE speaker series will be held at partner colleges. Sessions are open to the public, but registration is requested.
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Find Your Entrepreneurs EDGE

If you are a graduate student or part of a mid-sized company, you'll want to know more about Entrepreneurs EDGE. EDGE is a nonprofit economic development organization that assists mid-sized companies in Northeast Ohio grow in value.

For the past six years, EDGE has offered a Fellows Summer Intern Program. The program offers a two-month, paid summer internship, primarily for graduate students to focus on business development and innovation. Applications are currently being accepted for summer 2015. You can learn more about the internships here.
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Newcomer Spotlight: Hannah Chauvin

Cleveland newcomer Hannah Chauvin relocated from balmy New Orleans, Louisiana to tackle the role of Manager of Alumni Leadership and Community Partnerships at Teach for America (TFA), an organization that places a diverse group of leaders in low-income communities to teach for two years. Hannah says, “Being raised in the south, I had no concept of what a real winter would be like. Everyone made it seem like it was going to be a scene out of Day After Tomorrow where if you are outside you freeze to death. Luckily for me, it was not the case, and I safely made it through my first Midwestern winter.
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Find Your Next Opportunity Online

The NEO Talent Exchange has launched – just in time to find your summer internship, co-op or job. The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) and Global Cleveland have partnered with WorkFountain to implement the cutting-edge matching technology. NEO Talent Exchange transforms the recruitment process and streamlines how employers and jobseekers connect with each other during the job and internship search process. Check it out:

What makes this site different is the way it assesses the student or jobseeker’s skills and interests and matches them to the prospective employer. Global Cleveland President Joy Roller said, "NEO Talent Exchange is to the job-matching industry what eHarmony is to date-matching. The interests and personal profile of the intern or jobseeker are matched to the desires of the employer."
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Explore cool neighborhoods on bus tour

Get on the bus and explore cool neighborhoods in Cleveland. CLE City Life Tours are offered as an introduction (or re-introduction) to the city’s neighborhoods. They provide these tours to reveal the excitement happening in Cleveland and deliver valuable information about living here.

A CLE City Life Tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours. Primary neighborhood destinations include Ohio City, Tremont, Detroit Shoreway, Downtown, Midtown, University Circle and Little Italy – with many more neighborhoods referenced. A walking tour of a residential unit that is located within one of the feature neighborhoods is included. Transportation is provided. All riders receive the most recent copy of the LiveCLEVELAND! guide. Exact starting location will be confirmed prior to the tour date.

Tickets for CLE City Life Tours are $12 each and include a t-shirt.

Get Information on the Tours HERE

Reserve your seat for April tours through the links below:

10:00 am Sat April 11th

10:00 am Sat April 25th

International Student Resources

Northeast Ohio is home to 28 colleges and universities with a total student enrollment of more than 210,000 students. As part of its mission to increase the flow of population into the region, Global Cleveland works to inform international students about immigration options and engage them in life beyond their school. For this reason it is critical that students have the most comprehensive, To get students up-to-date on visa requirements, Global Cleveland asked Erin Brown Farro, a Cleveland-area attorney specializing in immigration law, to provide tips on the latest U.S. immigration information.

Brown Farro has found that when it comes to visas, students are often more knowledgeable than prospective employers. For this reason, it is critically important that students familiarize themselves with the processes and application/extension dates. Read on for a brief overview of student and employment visa information, and be sure to check the United States government’s student and employment visa website for detailed information on each visa type.
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Industry Spotlight: Engineering

The Cleveland Engineering Society (CES) is a non-profit professional development organization that provides speaker series and conferences, professional certification test review sessions, and networking and leadership opportunities to engineering and technical professionals across Northeast Ohio. In addition to professional development, CES has an active community outreach program that promotes interest in engineering and technology.

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Company profile: Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams offers a number of internships that provide hands-on, real world experience to undergraduate and graduate students. There are a range of options available, including programs that focus on retail sales, information technology, research and development, and global supply chain management. Eligibility and requirements vary by program, so please check the internship and co-op websites for more information.

Sherwin-Williams offers students the chance to take part in one of the first large-scale co-op programs in the Northeast Ohio region. The information technology professional apprentice considers talented students as full-time employees; students commit to the program until graduation, and for six months to one-year afterward. A broad range of positions is available in infrastructure, corporate applications, Internet services, security, and client services.
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