5 Things to Know When Applying to Jobs in China

  • January 11, 2016 / ANNA MCMILLEN / 0 Comment

Applying to jobs in a foreign country can always be challenging, and there will be many potential barriers that you will need to acknowledge. However, the satisfaction of working in a new environment and the growth you will have as a person are well worth it. China can be especially difficult if you are just learning the language but also want to expand your professional work experience.

If this is your first job fresh out of college or you are looking for a change of pace in your current job, here are some tips to help you look for jobs in China.

Location

China is a huge country and you want to make sure you are absolutely clear about where you are working. From larger cities with more international influence such as Beijing and Shanghai to mid-size cities to tiny towns, you should make sure you know exactly where you are located.

If you do end up in a larger city such as Beijing, you also want to make sure you know exactly where your job is located. You will often hear stories of companies switching locations half way through to the suburbs of a city, and this is not a situation you want to find yourself having to face in your first few weeks of working.

Type of Work

We all know that there is a huge market for foreign jobs in China now, and you will want to evaluate exactly why you are coming to China. For some, it may make more sense to get a job teaching English so you can focus on your language studies in Mandarin. For others who have a university degree, it may be better to find a job in your existing field and focus on learning Chinese on the side through weekend classes, online supplements, and day-to-day conversation.

Salary

When you are applying for jobs in China, depending on the work you are applying for, you may expect a lower salary than that of at home. Unless you are an expat who is transferring to China, most of the time the salary may seem lower. However, in many cities, the cost of living is low enough that you will still have plenty enough to live comfortably and save as well. Of course, you may have to give up some of your pleasures that you have at home, but it can be nice to embrace the local style of living for the time you are here.

Visa

It is important to understand exactly what type of visa your employer is giving you to work in China. Of course, there are many ways to get by this, but you do not want to one day find yourself deported and not allowed to enter China again because of this small mistake. A work visa can sometimes be difficult to get, especially for those just graduating from university, as you need two years of work experience.

Housing

Depending on the job you applied for, housing may or may not be included in your package. If it is not included, it is advisable to wait until you arrive to begin looking for a place. It is also smart to get away from only using foreign websites, as prices will be inflated and you may find yourself paying a lot more for less quality and a less than ideal location. The easiest solution is to have a native Chinese speaker help you look on local Chinese websites. Do know though that some places will not take foreign residents. Keep in mind as well that you need to register at the local police station each time you change residence. This will ensure that you are protected from any troubles later on that may come.

You will not regret making the decision to move to China for your job, but you may run into some bumps along the way. The above can help make the process go as smoothly as possible and make your transition into working in China much easier.

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