Coming to the United States to work may open opportunities for you to gain citizenship. Knowing how to succeed in the American workforce may help you identify personal goals for your career.

Regardless of your immigrant status, you have many valuable skills and competencies. Knowing how to leverage your strengths can help you make an impression as a dependable employee.

Prioritize education

Just like you will need to study to pass the naturalization test, you can also study educational resources related to your field of work. For example, if you work in construction, you could research industry best practices for job site safety. If you provide customer service, you can learn about conflict resolution, critical thinking and listening so you can improve your approach.

Just because you live in an unfamiliar country does not mean you cannot make a notable impression at work. Furthering your education and showing a willingness to refine crucial skills may only improve your reputation and demonstrate your loyalty.

Volunteer for experience

Volunteering is an excellent way to get exposed to new situations, increase your experience and learn new skills. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you must adhere to the conditions of your employment authorization to maintain your eligibility to remain in the United States. However, you can ask your employer about your options for gaining more experience in your job. At the least, they could probably point you in the direction of opportunities for you to further your knowledge.

If you commit to working hard and you establish a remarkable work ethic, you may find that opportunities come to you. Improving your career prospects while preparing for citizenship can help you embrace your new life and take control of your future.