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Opinion: what are the advantages of immigrants when looking for work in the USA


Source: Yandex Zen

In the eyes of an employer, immigrant job seekers have many advantages over Americans. "ABC of an Immigrant" on Yandex.Zen. Next - from the first person.

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I want to share with you my impressions of how employers are attracted to immigrants, as opposed to locals. I must say right away that this applies to ordinary office work, and only legal.


Immigrants who came from the USSR, and then Russia and the CIS countries, are distinguished by their multitasking. No wonder Mikhail Zadornov joked that an American doctor who specializes in the right nostril knows nothing about the left. This is, of course, a joke, but, as you know, in every joke there is only a fraction of a joke. Immigrants educated at home know not only their area, but others as well. For example, an accountant who owns not only office programs, but can also fix hardware, will clearly be a priority. Immigrants are less likely to experience professional helplessness. For example, if a program “flew” on a working computer, the Americans will look for a system administrator or IT-Guy, while ours will fix it themselves. All this is beneficial to the employer.

Low salaries

If an immigrant does not have a local education, then by definition he will earn less (with the exception of IT specialists or similar unique employees). Therefore, if the boss wants to save on employees and their salaries, he will hire an immigrant.

Little knowledge of your rights

New immigrants who do not yet understand the intricacies of the American tax system and other economic aspects will be in demand from those employers who do not want to pay health insurance or pension contributions to their employees. For example, hiring a full-time employee, they pay him check 1099. In fact, it is like a self-employed person who is not entitled to payment of insurance, pension contributions, sick leave and holidays. Everything is legal, but not beneficial for the employee. The locals, of course, understand this better, so they immediately ask the future employer about the so-called benefits.

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Immigrants are ready to work not only for money, but also for an idea. I remember how we had a girl in our office who on the first day of work printed less than a page of text, so that she would not be loaded more. I think that we, immigrants, work conscientiously. Hope I'm not wrong. If not, correct me.

The most important thing to understand as an immigrant is that you don't have to start from the bottom. If you have worked in your home country in some direction, the employer will appreciate your experience, not just a diploma. And financially it will be beneficial to him, as I wrote above. However, this does not apply to doctors, teachers, tax professionals and others who need a license to work. Often you need to have a local education to get it. Today I'm not talking about that. My observations concern classic office work.

Original column published on the blog. "ABC of an Immigrant" on Yandex.Zen

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