San Jose is in the heart of Silicon Valley, famous for its large concentration of high-technology engineering, computer and microprocessor companies. As a hotbed of technological innovation, San Jose has also become a Mecca for start-up companies. Beyond the traditional employers associated with Silicon Valley, other sectors that play a prominent role in San Jose’s economy include government, education and healthcare industries.
Job market in San Jose
San Jose attracts highly skilled professionals from all over the country and indeed the world, including budding entrepreneurs looking to capitalise on the Bay Area’s progressive attitude and the opportunities available in the high-technology and internet industries. While top US universities in the Bay Area, such as Stanford and Berkley, produce some of the best engineering and computer science graduates, there is still a shortage of adequately qualified workers in San Jose. This is due to the fact that the economy of Silicon Valley is constantly growing with new companies opening offices in San Jose each year.
Finding a job in San Jose
Highly skilled expats with expertise in their field are likely to find a position in San Jose. Networking is important. It helps to make connections and keep one's ear to the ground for new opportunities or upcoming start-ups. Online job portals, social networks, local newspapers and recruitment agencies are also good sources for finding work.
In addition to having the right skill set, qualifications and experience, expats looking for work in San Jose must ensure that they have the correct work permit for the USA.
Work culture in San Jose
San Jose is very much in the midst of the Silicon Valley tech bubble, but it also has a fun, bohemian work culture. While it's unlikely that the financial services sector will forego its formal attire, some of the largest corporations in the Bay Area are known for having an unorthodox atmosphere geared towards the happiness of their employees.
Many of these companies also place great importance not only on a good work-life balance but also on environmental sustainability and improving the world through technology. Ultimately, the work environment is quite liberal, conscientious and progressive.
►Find out more about the paperwork needed to work in San Jose on the Visas for the USA page
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