China, with its population of over 1.3 billion people, is the second largest economy in the world after it opened its borders and adopted the free market economy in 1978. Since then, China has evolved into the world’s biggest factory and a mecca for creative and ambitious entrepreneurs. Not only that, China is also a desirable place for expats with its rich culture, deep history, and breathtaking nature. If you are interested in finding a job in China, continue reading these 3 important tips that will help you land a job in China.
- Get your documents ready!
China can be strict with expats asking for specific documents. A bachelor’s degree is a must have and a career certificate is also needed to prove at least 2 years of working experience after graduation. A background check certificate notarized by the Chinese embassy is also required. There are more documents to prepare even after you move to China. You need to apply for a registration form of temporary residence within 24 hours after arrival. A medical checkup in one of the designated hospitals is also mandatory. The list goes on and on with different requirements for different jobs and industries. Settling all these documents is the first step in finding a job in China.
- Network your way.
Have no idea where to look for a job? Use your networking skills! Make time to attend networking events such as job conventions organized by foreign Chambers of Commerce. Embassies and headhunter agencies can also provide insights and may grant access to promising job opportunities. Devote your time to socialize with people who might be your potential employers. It’s time-consuming and tiring, but those networks will definitely connect you to new opportunities and other networks. Furthermore, visit websites with job listings such as Shanghai Expat and AmCham China. These websites contain useful information about job openings and internships. WeChat is another platform widely used for business and social media in China, so do not forget to check out WeChat.
Some people stereotype the Chinese as sincere, but you should not underestimate their sense of humor. They love a good laugh and find it refreshing if a foreigner is able to understand what makes them laugh.
- Learn Chinese!
Fluency in Chinese enables you to deal with almost anything in China. It will open many doors and help you with your integration. It will also put you in a comparatively advantageous position among your competitors. Then how good should you be at speaking Chinese? It is strongly recommended that you acquire at least level 5 (level 6 being the highest) on the HSK test because that is the level of Chinese proficiency required to be able to communicate and work in Chinese companies. Any level lower than HSK 5 would be considered insufficient if you want to claim you master the Chinese language.
China’s economy is still growing with various job opportunities across the country. However, not all jobs may guarantee pleasurable working conditions that meet your expectations. How do you ensure yourself a good job then? Just remember these 3 words. Search. Network. Assimilate.
Ha Eon Baek