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5 Tips for Finding a Job in China

In China, the traditional option (matching resumes to newspaper job ads, etc), may not even exist for many of us. There are always jobs out there, if you haven't found your target position, either you are using the wrong method to find it, or it isn't advertised. If most of jobs in the global market may be unpublished, we can only imagine how many jobs are hidden in China.
As vacancies often exist before there is any published notice of the job - it is your job to find out where. Your first task is to be very clear about what you are seeking - to make it easier to find it. Your target position may be still in the HRD's, or hiring manager's headcount pipeline, or the idea of your ideal job may not yet been fully developed and you must shape it.
Understanding the psychology of your potential employer will help you plan a better job search. In China, where we know that recruitment agencies may not be our savior, logic tells us that it's the who you know that becomes key.
Research says a combination of up to 4 proven strategies will maximize your chance for job hunting success, given that Guanxi (or relationshps) are so important in China, here are just some of the networking focused channels you may choose to access your hidden job.
1. Targeted Mail Contacts:
The key to find a job in china is to have done effective research to ensure there is a potential match between the company's needs and your experience and skill sets - and that your letter is addressed to a particular hiring manager, two or three levels above you, and clearly demonstrates the match between their needs and your skills. (Use - or purposely and strategically expand - your network to find the contacts you need for targeting and follow up).
You will get names from web sites of your target companies, annual reports, and also membership directories, which you can sometimes check for free. The larger organizations (like Amcham ) publish regular updates of new members, so if you have the funds to join, or know a member, be sure to get yourself a copy. Use Google to find a Chamber that matches your needs, and also try Googling Shanghai chapters of industry groups, you'll be surprised what exists out there. (See Resources page)
2. A New Way to job in china Network:
A few basics first: to be really effective you should first concentrate on be "informational interviewing" with the right people in your target industry to find out more about what they do and what their needs are, rather than trying to promote your needs. The goal is, initially, to gain referrals and information, not jobs. Based on the 1:50 principle, you expand your network exponentially using social online platforms and use a powerful approach letter. Create your "personal career brand" and "elevator pitch" beforehand and follow up by phone to double your response rate. Always send thank you letters to anyone you meet at any stage of your job search who has helped you (Shanghai can be a small place!). Apply these core principles to all the methods you use and be disciplined. Keep records and always follow up.
To quickly boost your confidence in public speaking and introducing yourself, try joining a social group that will help you practice such skills , the sooner you master effective networking and speaking skills, the sooner your job search is likely to show results in China. It could also be a great way to build connections to find a job in china...Try theShanghai chapter of Toastmaster's where you can get valuable public speaking and presentation skills experience.
3. Make your Job to Find You:
Utilize online social media (e.g. LinkedIn) to optimize your chances of being "found" by your target employers and to meet your target people. You will need to research how each platform works and how you can use it to your best advantage, to ensure you are visible to your prospective employers - both HR and hiring managers. Identify who these employers are, how they will find you, and then make it easy for them. Identify those who can help you most and incentivize them to help you - by helping them. Let everyone you meet know what you are looking for to optimize your chances of being referred, but don't make the mistake of blanketing your resume to every recruiter you meet - see our previous article - this will only bring down your perceived value and impact you - and your morale -negatively.
It is not uncommon for a candidate to persuade a company to tailor make a job to perfectly meet their needs, I've seen this happy many times, even with some foreign applicants. You will have to be very clear about what you can offer, how you can fill a particular company's needs that you have identified, learn more via informational interviewing and persuade them (via a proposal) that you could do the job for them. Use your online and physical network to create a "personal buzz" and get you noticed in front of the hiring manager before your meeting. As part of a stellar online personal brand identity a Webfolio (an online interactive, or visually enhanced, CV) or web/blog site, professionally designed to showcase your unique selling points more effectively, is a top strategy. Blogs are very search engine friendly and your web site can indisputably prove your past performance and signature
4. Homework:
To find a job in china, research your target industry and be aware of any changes that could indicate potential changes that may result in job openings. Keep in mind: "What job opportunities could this lead to for me?" Think TOP issues: T rends, O pportunities, P roblems/ P rojects.
Firms that ....
have just raised capital
are making acquisitions (M&As)
have higher sales/ profits
just reorganized
announced new products
planned expansions
.....could all have opportunities.
Follow up at your target firm with a letter addressed to a key decision maker, using the principles above. Don't ignore Organizations with Problems: Reorganizations are frequent in Shanghai where many of the Asia Pac HQs are located and they usually spell opportunity for those at the next lower level, and then changes ripple through the organization.
Subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter from Shanghai Business Review to get listings of industry updates, new market entries, M&As and new JVs etc. and keep abreast of trends via your network of course.
5. Use the "Ripple Effect" to Pinpoint Opportunities:
When you read about a company that may be hiring at an above-average rate, use "ripple-effect thinking" to think about all of the changes that may be occurring up and down the line and across many functions. You may also get some good ideas about using information that you read about one company to find job opportunities at different points in the supply chain that you might not have considered, i.e. with their suppliers, customers and even their competitors.
The Shanghai Daily 's business supplement can be a very good source of this type of local information and check out their monthly e-magazine, Insight, which you can subscribe to online.
For a more global perspective on what's happening in the China business world, you can easily obtain The Financial Times or Wall Street Journal in China, or read them online. www.hoovers.com gives you good corporate overviews (and lists jobs).
6. Expand your Network:
To find a job in china, Attend targeted and specialist networking events and find out what people with your expertise could do (ask the speaker), research conventions, trade shows and exhibitions, join Chambers of Commerce (see below) and get membership directories, subscribe to trade magazines and newsletters. All can help you make contact with hard to meet people and find more firms to target. In China, where networking and card collecting is fast becoming a national sport, you may have more luck by searching out specialist organizations that are a closer match for what you want than the usual Chambers of Commerce which can be large and daunting for the uninitiated newcomer to the job market, they also don't work well for the unemployed.
Check online to research upcoming China conference and exhibitions at:
www.biztradeshows.com/china
www.chinatradeshows.com
You can offer make appointments to be meet exhibitors online in advance, but remember to be open about why you want to see your target and be respectful of their time, ask for a short time, say 15 mins, and stick to it - they are also there to meet prospects.
Check local publications (like That's Shanghai ) and Chambers of Commerce to see if there are any specialist groups/committees for your target industry or function that you can join or serve on - if you can't find what you're looking for consider starting one. Alumni groups, expat social groups and groups for those of a particular nationality, for example, are also a great resource for getting referrals and inside information from friendly people.
Other good resources for networking for a job search or to raise your profile and practice delivering your personal brand statement are listed at:
http://jobs.shanghaiexpat.com/index.html
www.cityweekend.com
www.urbanatomy.com
www.jobsitechina.com

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I saw some job postings in the San Diego area, but could not copy the info down before the postings disappeared what happened to those listings?


Lots of temp agencies post cream job postings for jobs that don't exist just to get lots of resumes on hand. When they fill up their quota they pull all the ads.

Sep 14, 2014 | Saws

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How can I include selling on Ebay under the "work experience" section of a resume?


Sounds to me that you were a small business owner selling items on eBay.You could also be called a broker if you got your items from other sources and then you can sold them.Actually this is the part of commerce community on internet,Which is the growing economy and help to increase your economy rate.Part of making a good resume is being creative enough to make what experience you have look valid,without being caught in a lie.
You don't have to tell your employer that you were fired and couldn't find a job,you only have to say that you needed some time to be at home so you temporarily left the workforce.This eBay business you had was only a sideline, you always intended to return to the work force and you are interested in working with this company.Be honest in your resume and put down the last tradition job you had, and then add the reason for your break from the work place in the comments section.

Jan 15, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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If somebody transmits a company a resume without realizing if they are hiring or not, should they expect a reply?


On record several companies will have a professions post and link on their web site careers site that they do not respond or acknoweldge unsolicited resumes or inquiries, and do not keep unsolicited resumes.


If you are able to possess an auto-reply system to free fax to email with "we are not taking applications at this time', thank you for your curiosity in ---firm", that is typical for some larger businesses and spreads good will.


I worked for a business which received resume by faxes alot and was always informed by the HR department to toss the fax resume in the junk, because HR only accepted responses to posted job advertisements, which needed to be delivered to the tackle in the job advertisement.

Dec 29, 2012 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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i would like to know if i could get any job online.searched through the internet but most of them were of no use.please do help


Hello,
If you are looking for a few reputable websites where you can find a career that you are looking for, please check the following website resources by clicking on the blue colored text.

Career builder -This site offers resume building tools, resume critique tool to help you improve your resume to have a better chance of getting an interview, numerous other search options for schools, salary calculators, skills training and much more. This is one of the top level job search and career sites.

Monster -This is another good career search site that also offers good career building tools like Career Builder.

Job Hunt -This site offers many of the same career tools plus videos, help from job search experts, job skills employers look for, and more.

Craigs list -This is a site where you can find job opportunities and this specific link will take you to a list of U.S. cities so you can easily locate your area or area that may be near to you. This site is not specifically geared towards career building like the previous mentioned ones, but you can find a job opportunity using it. This site may not be as reliable and consistent for jobs as the others, but it still may be useful. This site can also be used to find things to buy or even sell, so that is why I added it.

Free Resume Templates -This site offers free resume examples and templates. The better your resume, the better chance you have obtaining a job you are applying for.

About.com -This site is widely used to find tons of different types of information. I have specifically linked it to the free resume examples and tutorials to help you get started quicker and find the information you need much easier.

There are other great resources out there online and with a little research, I am sure you will find what you are looking for. It is important to remember that when posting any personal information online about yourself, there is always a risk of that information being used for identity theft, fraud, etc. Please exercise caution when posting personal information online and research every site to ensure they are a legitimate resource to use. I always like to warn people about security so that they will be informed and be cautious.

When searching the job market for any job, it is important to prepare your resume properly and make copies and take them to all the businesses you would like to gain employment because the more exposure your skills get through your resume, you increase your chance of gaining employment. Doing your resume online will give you a lot of exposure and many employers are now using the internet to find members for their work force because it is easier and quicker for them.

I hope that the information that I provided helps you reach all of your career goals so you find the perfect job you are looking for. I wish you all the best and please let us know if you need further assistance.

If you would not mind, please rate my help. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you

Sep 04, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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Need rear shocks


This isn't a job easily tackled at home unless you have better than basic mechanical knowledge. Here's my best advise for your somewhat vague query...Check Sears Auto Center ads in the newspaper often for their sales promotions...sometimes they offer free installation, as an example. Understand this, most places will try to "upsell" you on this job. In other words they'll try to sell you things like alignments, road hazard warranties etc. Consumer Reports advise against such warranties and protection plans...So do I.
Secondly, look for a fair local mechanic to do the job for you...Monroe makes a VERY good shock absober for these Buicks.
P.S. chances are the front STRUTS are bad as well (sorry, you WILL need an alignment for this job)
Good Luck

Jun 27, 2009 | 2000 Buick LeSabre

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