How do I get a tech job in Americaland?
So as previously threatened, I may very well be heading Stateside for a few years: my prettier half has just been accepted onto a PhD program at Brown. Given that I'm not quite ready to put a ring on it in order to get into the country, I'm going to need a job in order for this to happen (I don't fancy a Transatlantic relationship). The H1-B visa quota opens April 1st and they won't last long; ideally I need a job offer in my hand within a month or so in order to have the best chance of making it.
Me: I'm a programmer! By the time I get over there (in October) I'll have had five years experience in the games industry; lots of C++, lots of talking to nontechnical people, lots of being smart and clever and funny and British and modest. I don't want to work in games any more, nor do I want to work in finance, social media/ad analytics, or anything else that'll want to make me shoot my own head off. My dream job would be science/research at something like the Broad Institute, but I am firmly keeping an open mind here.
I'm after something near (i.e. commutable) to Providence, RI; I have my eye on Boston, because I hear there are jobs for my sort there. But I have no idea how to get a job in Americaland, and I'm very short on time. Aagh, help!
- Do I throw my CV at a recruiter and let them handle it?
- If so, how do I find one? Do you have any recommendations of recruiters who aren't utterly useless?
- Do I register on monster.com and cross my fingers?
- How do I turn a British-style CV into a US-style resume? How much is doing this important for tech jobs?
Any advice and assistance is appreciated, and may be rewarded with baked goods / British tchotchkes upon successful entry to the Land of the Free. Here's a resume.