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Jobs in China.

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Jokerman, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Jokerman

    Jokerman Senior member

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    I was wondering how easy it is for americans to get job's in China? My girlfriend is looking to start teaching there in a year or so and I am going to need to find out what I can do about getting a job. Has anyone had this experience? Any suggestions? Thanks for any help.
     
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  2. scarphe

    scarphe Senior member

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    do you speak mandarin?
     
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  3. scarphe

    scarphe Senior member

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    i woul think a teacing jobs can be found without knowing chinese but I inferred that he was looking for a non teaching job i could be wrong.
     
  4. Lord-Barrington

    Lord-Barrington Senior member

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    Any real job is tough to get. Chinese companies don't need expats anymore, for the most part, and multinationals don't either. TESL jobs are easy to get, but I don't really consider those to be jobs.
     
  5. AldenPyle

    AldenPyle Senior member

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    Getting a working visa in China is also not easy and there is currently a big crackdown on foreigners working w/o one.
     
  6. deputamadre

    deputamadre Senior member

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    Really depends on what industry and what your experience is. A foreign face doesn't really mean much anymore. If you've got some special skills that locals don't have you'll be alright. You can check out some job websites to get a feel for the market or just contact companies directly...

    http://www.51job.com/default-e.php
    http://www.amchamchina.org/jobs
    http://www.smartshanghai.com/jobs/
    http://www.creativehunt.com/shanghai/jobs/

    If you're more senior just contact a headhunter and let them find something for you.
     
  7. Liquidus

    Liquidus Senior member

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    You're following your girlfriend to China? That doesn't sound like it'll end well.
     
  8. Eason

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    Everything I could have said in this thread has already been said. IMO you should do something better with your time, do an unpaid internship in the USA would be better instead of working in China. It's a black hole in people's resumes as far as I'm concerned. Having worked there for 3 years I know how little it's worth and the kind of people who stick around there.
     
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  9. MikeDT

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    :lurk:
     
  10. Dakota rube

    Dakota rube Senior member

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    I was under the impression Jobs died.

    Huh.
     
  11. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Which city did you work in? Different regions have vastly different cultures...

    Besides, you are in HK. [​IMG]
     
  12. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    expertise/experience count a lot.
     
  13. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    No, he's living in China, along with Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.
     
  14. Eason

    Eason Senior member

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    Beijing and Zhu Hai.




    herp derp
     
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  15. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    You've got the whores and the casinos of Ao Men nearby, what more does one need?
     
  16. vimkgt

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    What kind of industry are you looking at? I'm an American Chinese guy who just started working in Beijing two years ago, in the IT industry (Business Intelligence).

    Let me just say that being a foreigner who speaks English natively is not going as big an advantage as it used to be, unless you really want to teach English. You will be competing with locals for jobs, and Chinese people are natural born hustlers. Lack of Chinese speaking ability is probably going to hurt you more than native English speaking skills will help, so you will probably only be able to find some niche companies who only deal with foreign MNC's.

    Otherwise, the job market in China is great right now. It's a developing country, so you will have tons of opportunities at every corner if you know how to network and market yourself. The pay is lower than in the US (remember what I said above, you are competing with locals. It's not like 15 or even 10 years ago when every foreigner in China was an older gent in a high level C-level or VP level position, right now there are loads of younger guys like me flooding into China looking for work), but taxes and basic cost of living is lower.

    Hot industries right now would be marketing, social/digital media, and anything related to data and analytics. Automotive is also really hot in China right now but it will probably start dying down soon due to government regulation and far too much traffic.

    And from a SF member perspective, China really sucks for shopping. I wait to go to the US to do almost all my shopping. The only good things I can get in Beijing are cheap MTM shirts for like $15 a piece and MTM handmade shoes for around $150-200. The shoes are of good construction but they use lower quality leather than entry level Allan Edmonds for instance, and higher quality materials aren't available. The MTM suits you see in the foreigner areas are of pretty poor quality so I wouldn't bother. Brand name stuff is a lot more expensive in China than in the USA, and even worse since salaries are lower. Plus it's hard to find more quality brands, since everyone here believes that if you pay a lot of money, you should get a big designer label as well.
     
  17. Eason

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    There was one Chinese brand I actually liked. It was partially made in Italy and called Bosa Magine. It was way overpriced and couldn't fit my frame, but I really liked the aesthetic.
     
  18. Kai

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    Learn English grammar. (There's no apostrophe in the plural form of "job." It's "jobs" not "job's."
     
  19. MikeDT

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    Partially made in Italy? Or a mainland Chinese menswear company called Beijing Betenly Fashion Co. Ltd. that's pretending to be Italian, and there's plenty of those around.
     
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  20. Eason

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    The clothes were tagged made in italy
     

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