Working in Miami

Working in Miami
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Updated 2021-07-30 12:23

Miami's natural heritage is its beautiful coastline. The city is also blessed with the most desirable locations in the South — and this is the basis of its essential and major industries like trade and tourism. The figures for tourism are increasing every year, making Miami a global city.

Note that to work in Miami (or any other city in the United States), you need to first obtain a work visa. This is a common upset faced by people who dream of working in the city. Before applying for a work visa, you first need to ensure backing from your supposed employer, which can be a lengthy and often complex process.

The visa application process may be stressful, but this shouldn't be a turn-off — as working and living in this beautiful city is a fascinating experience.

Top industries in Miami

You should not be looking for any job; you should instead carve a niche for yourself in the major industries in Miami. Here are some of the most popular industries in Miami that are welcoming towards expats:

Tourism offers lots of job opportunities and would be a great option for those speaking a foreign language. Consider jobs in the hospitality sector, restaurants, tourism management and more.

Transportation. Miami is a hub for all kinds of transport: including one of the busiest international airports in the US and the world's largest cruise ship port. This means lots of jobs in this sector: from logistics experts to cruise line managers.

Other key industries include banking, entertainment, construction, business services and more. Learn more about Miami's labor market here.

Where to start your job search in Miami as an expat?

There are several ways to go about your job search in Miami. As we've mentioned above, in order to receive a work visa, you will need to have employer sponsorship prior to applying. This means that you need to have a valid job offer from a company in Miami that is willing to sponsor your visa. Arranging a work visa for a foreigner can be a rather long and costly process — and, unfortunately, there is only a limited number of companies capable and willing of doing so. This is why it is essential to indicate to your potential employer right away that you will be needing a work visa.

One way to go about your job search in Miami is to search for companies in your home country with branch offices in Miami and apply for a position there. This will make the paperwork much easier — but it does limit your search to very specific companies.

Another option is to narrow down a list of companies in Miami that you would like to work for and send in applications to their HR managers directly. Make sure your CV is up-to-date and include a cover letter explaining why you want to work for this particular company. You can also make use of online job hunting platforms and apply to companies in Miami with your profile and CV.

Another way to get hired by a company in Miami and settle in the city is by studying there first. True, this is a much longer route to take — but it is one of the surest ways to get your career started. Studying in Miami will not only get you a degree from an American university but will also give you plenty of opportunities to network during your four years of study. Moreover, you will be able to explore internship opportunities during your studies, which could lead to a formal offer.

Job hunting resources in Miami

There are lots of online and offline resources that can be helpful in your Miami job search.

Online resources

The most obvious place to start your job search in Miami is running a simple web search for job offers in your line of work. Additionally, run the same search and include the phrase “visa sponsorship” — this can help you narrow the search down to the companies willing to sponsor a work visa.

Register and upload your CV to popular international job hunting platforms like Careerbuilder.com or Monster.com. You can also set up alerts for when new job offers appear in your field.

Social media can also be helpful in your job hunt. Make sure to keep your portfolio on LinkedIn updated and set an alert for job offers from companies in Miami. You could also indicate in your profile that you are looking for opportunities in Miami. Joining expat job search groups on LinkedIn and other social networks can be of great help.

Headhunting agencies

If you are an experienced professional looking for a senior position, your best option may be to go through a recruitment agency. Some of these companies narrow down their services to specific fields (engineering, IT, media, etc.) and you may be able to find one that has a good success record for placing professionals in your niche.

Career Fairs

If you are already in Miami and are looking for new job opportunities, consider attending a career fair. These are an excellent way to get a foot in the door with some big employers as well as talk to recruiters face to face and make an impression.

To find out about upcoming career fairs in Miami, check out the National Career Fairs website.

Contact employers directly

You can also contact employers directly with your CV and cover letter and inquire about available opportunities. Make sure to research the companies you are applying to so that you can highlight how you can be of help to them in your CV and cover letter.

How to compose an American resume?

Before you start your job search, make sure your CV is complete, properly formatted and up-to-date.

This is highly important for effective job hunting and your resume can directly affect the success of your search.

Depending on the position you are applying for, you may want to include different information in your CV. Here are some general things to consider when composing your CV:

Format. There are several different ways to format your CV. One of the most popular CV formats in the US is simply listing your work experience in reverse chronological order. Another frequently used format is to focus on your skillset rather than experience.

You can also bring the two formats together and use a mix of elements in your CV.

Header. At the top of the page, include some basic personal information: for instance, your name and contact details. Note that the United States have very strict anti-discrimination laws — thus, it is strongly advised that you don't include information related to your gender, race, marital status, religion, etc. — unless it is relevant to the position you are applying for.

Reason for applying. Here, you can also include a statement on why you are applying for this specific position. It may be about your dedication to your work, career aspirations, work values and more.

Work experience. Next, explain your work experience. It is common practice to start with your most recent employer and then move on to previously held positions. Alternatively, you can start with the position that was the closest to the offer you are applying for. Include the name of the company you worked for, your title, responsibilities, achievements, etc.

Education. Here, you should include information about your degree (BA, MA, etc.) as well as all relevant courses, certificates, seminars, conferences, etc. that have added to your expertise.

If you have graduated recently, you may want to start with your education rather than your work experience.

Languages. As an expat, knowing languages other than English can be a great advantage. Thus, you may want to highlight this section of your CV. Mention the languages you speak with the level of your language proficiency (basic, conversational, intermediate, fluent, bilingual, etc.). If you have any associated degrees or certificates (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, etc.), make sure to include them too.

Computer skills. List your knowledge and experience working with different programs and applications, word processing, database skills, social media, etc.

References. Include references from previous employers (if relevant). If the job offer you are applying for doesn't mention the need for references, you can include an offer to provide them upon request.

Run the final copy through a spell checker. Spelling and punctuation mistakes can be a big turn off for your potential employer. Use a spell checker on your CV to make sure it's error-free.

Make it easy to read. Present all the information in your CV in a clear and concise fashion. You can use a ready-made design template to save time — there are lots of websites offering great templates for free online.

Do not send extra attachments. When contacting a potential employer for the first time, just your CV and cover letter should be enough — unless there was a specific request for additional information in the job offer.

How to write a cover letter?

It is general practice to include a cover letter with your CV. The main purpose of a cover letter is to get the recruiter interested in your candidacy and resume. It can also be a good chance to show your more personal side that would be hard to demonstrate in a CV

A cover letter should be short and to the point. Explain why you are interested in the job and what makes you the best candidate for it. While you can use the same base for cover letters that you send to different companies, it is strongly advised not to “recycle” the exact same letter. In fact, the best way to go about it would be to make your cover letter as specific as possible to the position you are applying for.

Here is a sample format of a cover letter:

Header. Include the employer's address, your contact information and date.

Salutation. Ideally, here you should write the name of the person who will be reading your letter. If you don't know who that person is, consider checking the company webpage or Linkedin page for more information on their HR manager. If you can't find this information, you may address the letter to “Dear Hiring Manager” or “Dear (company name) Recruiter”.

Introduction. State what position you are applying for and how you found out about the offer. Next, briefly explain why you consider yourself to be a good candidate for this position. Do your best to make this section lively and interesting — the goal is to get the recruiter's attention and stand out from other candidates.

Body. Here, briefly touch on your skills, qualifications and experience. There is no need to go into too much detail here as this information is covered in your CV. Select your most relevant experience and most notable work achievements.

Closing. Sum up your letter and mention that you are looking forward to the recruiting manager's reply.

Signature. Conclude the letter with a signature like (like “Sincerely”) and your name.

Interviewing for a job in Miami

The next step in the hiring process is the interview. Depending on the specifics of your situation, your interview may be in person or online. In both cases, here are some general tips for composing a cover letter:

Research the company you are applying to.

Prepare for your first interview, check what the company's mission and values are and think about what you can bring to the team.

Have your CV, degree and other documentation handy.

If you are being interviewed remotely, make sure you have a stable internet connection and your microphone and webcam (if needed ) are working properly.

Re-read your CV prior to the interview so that you can quickly answer CV-related questions.

Prepare a list of questions for your employer: this can help indicate your interest in the company.

At the end of the interview, inquire about the next step: ask if you should expect a call or email and if more information needs to be provided on your part.

As we've mentioned earlier, in order to work in the United States legally, you will need to apply for a work visa beforehand. Note that coming to the US on a tourist, family or other types of visa and then searching for work is against the immigration laws as it means that you have entered the country under false pretences.

The process for obtaining a work visa in the US may be lengthy and costly — but it is doable.

To learn about work visa options in the United States, check out this article: Work Visas in the USA: Finding Work As a Foreign National.

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