A good friend of mine shared an analogy that there is always a job assigned in your name, and it’s just hunting with many unknown variables that add twists and turns to the game. As an international student with immigration constraints, the unknown variables are even more stringent. Following a structured process with discipline is the key. There were times when the pressure would mount after getting rejections or no response from recruiters, with the immigration clock ticking. It’s that time when the structured process (excel file with job application variables) would come in handy – I could slice and dice what went wrong and identify the areas for improvement. A/B testing with flavors of resumes, leveraging the power of LinkedIn, and getting your peers and mentor to proofread the resume and CV is critical. I did multiple checkpoints with Nicole from CDL to incorporate the feedback. Finally, the SPS offering of Big Interview was instrumental in practicing interview questions.