If you are reading this article is because you may be wondering how to find a job in China, a few years ago I had the same question and I wish there was an article explaining how to find a job in China…
Before moving to China, I thought that finding work there would be the easiest thing in the world…silly me! China is not the expat paradise that it used to be 10-15 years ago; at present, finding a job in China – especially in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai – is not as easy as people might think. What makes finding work here harder than before is the fact that the number of expats is consistently increasing every year and at the same time, Chinese companies are prioritizing hiring Chinese people rather than foreigners, which is totally understandable!
That being said, finding a job in China is not impossible and still easier than in other less developed countries.
Another factor to consider is the type of job you are looking for. I think that getting a job as an English teacher is still fairly easy, even though the requirements are constantly changing and becoming more selective. In fact, it used to be quite common to see non-English natives, with limited knowledge of the English language, actually working as teachers.
However, for non-teaching jobs, things are quite different. From my personal experience, I think the competition, especially in big cities, is quite tough.
Here are some websites/Wechat official accounts that you should check out if you are trying to find a job in China:
JingJobs is an official WeChat account; I strongly urge anyone looking for a job to sign up. It provides job offers in Beijing, Shanghai, and sometimes other cities within China, as well as in Hong Kong. You can also check the offers on their website: www.jingjobs.com
This website is a quite effective job search engine, with many opportunities offered in almost every city in China. You can filter your search by including or excluding teaching jobs; just choose the city where you want to work, update your resume, search current job openings by typing a keyword, and apply.
Although most social medias and websites are blocked in mainland China, Linkedln is largely used by companies looking for new employees.
If you’re a student in a Chinese university, you will most likely have the opportunity to participate in a couple of job fairs a year organized by the university itself. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to get to know potential employers.
Last but not least: Guanxi
Guanxi means connections. My parents always told me to establish new connections and learn to mantain them, but I never really listened as I prefer spending time with people I like, regardless of whether they might be a useful connection in the future. However, in China, being able to cultivate relationships is considered an important skill (I am not good at!) and definitely a faster way to get a job. So, keep it in mind!