Author's notes Karina Kudinova


How not to look for work in the USA: advice from a Russian-speaking immigrant

Many people face problems in finding a job. Here's an example of what a very canonical recruitment process looks like in the United States. Once upon a time there were two sisters - Pelageya and Glasha. Both dreamed of working for the wonderful company Google. ⠀ Pelageya was a straightforward girl, so she went to the site ...


Personal experience: what shocks immigrants in the USA the most

I thought, why not tell about some things that for some reason I did not expect to see in the USA. Alcohol Americans drink more than Russians, and for some reason they only joke about Russians. Most of our American friends have at least one wine cabinet, ...


Personal experience: can they not be hired in the USA due to the Russian accent?

Is it really because of the Russian accent that they can not hire? In short, then, of course, they may not take it. For example, if the specialty implies perfect English, and your accent is so strong that you yourself do not always understand what you want to say. Again…


Few immigrants know about this: what needs to be done after an interview in the USA to get a job

Let's talk about what happens after the interview about working in the USA. Maybe you thought that after the interview was over, you just have to wait for a letter from the company with further instructions. It was not there. Here's what you need to know about ...


Theft of cards, wild fines and 8 more things that await you in the USA

Not everything that seems harmless can be taken with you. When I flew to the United States for the first time, my palms even sweated at the sight of a smiling stewardess who handed me a customs declaration. The fact is that in the United States there is such a thing - agricultural control. Its staff is making sure that you do not import anything prohibited. ...


Immigration to the USA: how I worked for free, and then became a director

Let's talk a little about volunteering in the USA. For some, this is a completely familiar thing, but at first I was amazed at how much many city and public organizations and events in the same Seattle are tied to volunteers. Even more - many are completely dependent on volunteers! ...


Peculiarities of the American Mentality, or Why Ours Feel Awkward

These are just my observations, and they certainly cannot be applied to the entire nation. And for the most part, these are just those things that will not affect my mentality and habits in any way, and because of this I do not always feel "mine" ...


Personal experience: the difference in working conditions in the United States and Russia

I entered a new position in the company, where I have long wanted to get, so my thoughts are focused exclusively on work. They also prompted me to write a short note about some of the features of the US labor market. 1. I'll start, perhaps, with the fact that in ...


8 things our immigrants always bring to America from Russia

Is everything in the USA? Or is it not all? I have long wanted to debunk this myth. I will say this - in the USA there is a lot of everything, but not everything that I need. I still buy some things in Russia. IN…


10 myths about Americans, with whom you will say goodbye, having moved to the USA

During my life in the States, I said goodbye to many of my stereotypes and prejudices about Americans. Here's just one of them: in the States, they eat one fast food, and therefore there are many overweight people. Myth 1: All Americans are Workaholics I have long lived with this myth. Until I started working with Americans and understood ...

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