JUL
30
0

Do this, don't do that, when waiting for your interview

waiting-interview
So, you got the interview for the job of your dreams. You check in with the receptionist and you’re asked to have a seat. What you do in the next few minutes can be the deciding factor on your future with the company. There are interviewers who regularly ask their receptionists what the prospective employee was doing while waiting to be called in. According to CEO Andy Ory , first impressions are generally formed while the applicant is waiting in the lobby, and they become relevant to the hiring decision between 5% and 10% of the time. That’s no insignificant rate! Although first impressions can be wrong, candidates aren’t often given a second chance. First impressions matter greatly in all corners of the globe. Make your first impression last! Finally, if you're applying for an internship in China or anywhere else, the same rules apply as if it were a job interview....
Continue reading
  2909 Hits
2909 Hits
JUL
26
0

What Every Employer Wants To Hear In An Interview

What every employer wants to hear
Ever wonder what a potential boss wants to hear in an interview ? What exactly can you say that will increase your chances of receiving a job offer ? Here are five things to communicate during an interview that will convince the employer you’re a great hire. 1. You Will Never Have To Tell Me What To Do Twice Every employer wants to know they can give you instructions once—and you’ll get the job done. No employer wants to micromanage or ask an employee more than once to do something—no matter what it is. This is true no matter where in the world you work. 2. I Will Complete The Job/Assignment You Give Me With Excellence The employer wants to hear that, no matter what, you are going to make it happen—that you’re going to get the job done and do it to the best of your ability. 3. I Am...
Continue reading
  2201 Hits
2201 Hits
JUL
25
0

When a potential employer asks, ‘Have You Ever Been Fired?’

Fired Answer
Job seekers often struggle with a termination. Take this example: “I’ve been working in the construction industry. Since the housing bust, business has dramatically declined. Recently, I had a disagreement with a co-worker and got fired over this trivial thing I never would have gotten fired for five years ago. What do I say about this?” This client is not alone. We’ve all had positions that didn’t go as well as we had hoped. This is true for full time jobs or even work over the summer. It’s not unusual for students or interns to be fired from summer work. It could have been the company culture, maybe a lack of support made a job difficult, or it could have been something we did. The interviewer’s job is to get you to reveal errors in judgment or performance – things they can use to weed you out so they can move...
Continue reading
  1914 Hits
1914 Hits
JUL
23
0

The Cover Letter: The Ultimate Snapshot


In both your personal and business life, you only get one chance to make a first impression . We’ve all heard that before, right? So, why do so many job seekers screw up something so important? The cover letter is a chance to make a positive impression on a potential employer. Unlike a face-to-face meeting, where your nervousness or bad luck can turn a first impression into a disaster, a cover letter is a first impression you get to have complete control over. You decide exactly what you will say, without any time pressure or having to come up with something spontaneously, and you also get to “stage” your letter. You control what it looks like, what it sounds like, and how you come across. The key element to remember is, while you might easily spend two hours agonizing over every detail of your cover letter, the first person reading it is not...
Continue reading
  3011 Hits
3011 Hits
JUL
22
0

Wish List: Letter From Russia

Dear Getin2China, I’m looking for an internship ! Preferred Duration : 1 Month 1st choice : Television and Broadcasting 2nd Choice : Media / PR / Events Management 3rd Choice : Arts / Galleries / Fashion Design English Level : Advanced Chinese Level : Never studied Other Languages : Russian, Spanish, Japanese In next 2 years I will graduate from University and even now I have to decide where I want to work, in what sphere, in what country and Getin2China Internship Program is a capability to try to work, study and live in a foreign country. So, the main goals for me are chances to work and live in other cultural spheres. Also, it is an opportunity to work in a branch in which I will specialize in the future, an opportunity to see all nuances which can be received only in practice. At my university, our professors and...
Continue reading
  1532 Hits
1532 Hits
JUL
18
0

The Benefits of Face-To-Face Networking

Image
According the National Association of Colleges and Employers in the United States, 70-80 percent of jobs are not posted on job sites and can only be accessed through networking. People know people and it’s that word of mouth that is finding people jobs and  career opportunities  now, whether in the western world or in booming Asia . While an  internship in China  is a great way to get your foot in the door, there’s no guarantee of a job offer afterward, no matter how hard you work. That’s why at  Getin2China , we organize plenty of networking events to help you meet people and expand your professional circle. We encourage you to get out and meet people face-to-face to build those connections. Virtual connecting should be a bridge to taking relationships offline, not take the place of them. We suggest less text and tech talking and more face-to-face. Here are some benefits...
Continue reading
  3018 Hits
3018 Hits
JUL
17
0

Tips For Conquering Career Fear

Image
Are you paralyzed in fear over your current or future career? Or are you in the middle of a  job search  and it just isn’t getting you anywhere? Which FEAR is holding you back? We all have them. Here are some tips for overcoming career fear. 1. Name It Name the fear. Here’s a list of the common sources of fear: Rejection Failure High expectations Missed opportunities The what ifs Change (new town, travel, long commute, new boss) The last point is of particular concern if you're going abroad for work or an internship program in China or elsewhere. Many folks refuse to consider or turn down an opportunity abroad, particularly in a country with a vastly different culture, because the fear of change or difference is too overwhelming or even frightening. Face up to your fear. Time abroad - whether as a student or for work - is perhaps the best thing...
Continue reading
  3695 Hits
3695 Hits
JUL
17
0

Intern Update: Nick Freer-Smith


After familiarizing himself somewhat with China’s financial capital Shanghai , it was time for Nick Freer-Smith to get down to work. “ So far I've been drafting contracts for clients, and completing some executive summaries for them. I have recently begun a project with a client, which I will be focusing on, and project managing during July, which is an exciting responsibility .” Nick at his desk at China Bluesky Ventures Nick’s China internship program at China Bluesky Ventures , an investment advisory firm, is all about learning the ropes. “ I've learned a lot about correct corporate language, and how to sell your company's services to clients . I've also learned about some of the procedures my company specializes in, particularly due diligence and procurement procedures.” The workplace dynamic has so far been a positive one for the London native. “There are a lot more interns than I expected,...
Continue reading
  2327 Hits
2327 Hits
JUL
16
0

10 Ways to Ruin a Job Interview

Interview Mistakes
Your cover letter and resume have made a positive impression on a potential employer, and they’ve called you in for an interview. Now, you need to ensure the employer stays impressed with you and your potential in their organization. There’s an old saying first impressions count – and there is no better instance of the truth to this than the impressions made during an interview. A variety of factors are in effect. It may include the way you are dressed, how you communicate, your personality, and a number of other considerations. It takes a lot to develop a positive impression, and conversely requires very little to leave one that does not work in your favor as key decisions are made for the new talent they need to bring on. While first impressions can be wrong (and they often are), the job candidate might not be given a second chance. Better get...
Continue reading
  2649 Hits
2649 Hits
JUL
15
0

Intern Update: Moise Marcel Amouofo

Moise Marcel Amouofo
Several weeks into his internship in Beijing and Moise has gained an immediate benefit . "So far I have gained a great insight into the way law firms operate and as a result of this internship I am better informed with regards to the area of law I would like practice in the long term ." Moise, from London, is doing his China internship program at Chance & Bridge Partners LLP , a boutique law firm in China’s capital, Beijing . Moise Marcel Amouofo He told us a few weeks ago that he is “passionate” about law and expected to be apart of the firm’s day-to-day activities. He definitely is. His main job responsibilities include the following: Contacting all the partners at the beginning of each week to outline the tasks for the week and how long they will take to complete   Learning and researching about the different practice...
Continue reading
  1839 Hits
1839 Hits
JUL
15
0

Should you blog? Yup. Here are five reasons why

Image
Everyday we read blogs , learn something from them, and leave comments almost every day. Blogs have become a quintessential part of our online world. But there are still so many mistakes people make when they attempt it, if they attempt it. Inconsistent frequency of posts, using inside jokes only a few people understand, and failing to break up the post into smaller manageable chunks are just a few mistakes. When done right, your blog may be the difference between you and another job candidate. And despite the evidence, very few job seekers take advantage of this affordable way of making a splash. Are you going to separate yourself from the competition and start a blog? Here are five reasons blogging is going to help you  find a job : 1. You Show You Are Intelligent Even if you have a killer resume, hiring managers still doubt you, as they should....
Continue reading
  2870 Hits
2870 Hits
JUL
08
0

8 Ways Job Searching Stays the Same World Wide

Image
Here’s a question to consider: “What is the difference between  job and internship  seeking in the US and the China ?” In reality, it’s hard to find any differences between how you need to market yourself. In fact, here are 10 ways job-searching stays the same, no matter where you are looking. 1. Your Resume and Cover Letter Should be Customized for Each Job Highlight the reasons you can do the job and more importantly why you want it. Cut and paste is NEVER read. Cover letters need to be short and to the point. Use the terminology from the job posting in your materials. If “programmers” are called “analysts,” call yourself an analyst. 2. You Will Only Have 30 Seconds to Grab Their Attention Nobody reads a personal sentiment like “great team player” or “dynamic at sales.”  Leave these out and save valuable space. Present your experience under clear headings with bold...
Continue reading
  2429 Hits
2429 Hits
JUL
05
0

Intern Update: Anna Setterberg

Anna Setterberg
A short time into her internship in Beijing and Anna Setterberg is knee-deep with work over the next three months. “The first month, I will be editing the 2014 edition of the China Business Handbook . This involves updating data, cross-referencing and deleting any uninteresting information. The second month, I will look at distribution of the handbook. Lastly, I will look at the marketing of the book.” Anna is also learning that  working in China  is a lot different that in Europe, where she was raised. “ China  being a communist country has a censored and limited Internet. Although key web pages are accessible through VPN services , you have to be careful not to misread information.” Top tier cities like  Beijing , Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen are home to a number of professional and migrant workers from across the country. In Beijing and  Shanghai  in particular, don’t be surprised if...
Continue reading
  1677 Hits
1677 Hits
JUL
04
0

University Grads, Abide by these 11 Rules when Job Searching

Image
If you’re a recent university grad or soon to be one, below are 11 job search commandments you can’t miss. They are laws to live by as you embark on life’s next big challenge: Landing a job or internship . #1 – I Will Not Compare Myself To My Friends No two graduates are the same. Each has different skills, abilities, needs, and wants. Just because your friend gets a new  job or internship   doesn’t mean he or she is better than you. Keep the blinders on and focus on your search, not theirs. Jealousy is a useless emotion that derails a job search. Besides, they might be able to help you get a job. It’s in your best interest to be genuinely happy for them! #2 – I Will Not Take The Summer Off Don’t delay your job search. Employers see it as acting entitled and lazy. Get in...
Continue reading
  2446 Hits
2446 Hits
JUL
04
0

Wish List: Letter From England

Dear Getin2China, I’m looking for an internship in Beijing !   Preferred Duration : 3 Months 1st choice : Marketing / Sales / Advertising 2nd Choice : Media / PR / Events Management 3rd Choice : Business Development English Level : Native Chinese Level : Never studied My overall goals of participating in the Getin2China programme would be to utilise the theoretical knowledge and understanding that I have acquired over the past three consecutive years within my studies at university. Nevertheless I feel as though that this opportunity will develop my employability skills, sculpting me into an employee that has the ability to carry out work relative activates, within a productive and sufficient manner. I have a passionate drive for learning new things and thrive off defeating challenges that the business industry has to offer. My overall goal is to gain an experience that could possibly result in me being...
Continue reading
  1440 Hits
1440 Hits
JUL
03
0

Before applying for a job, do these 5 things

What to do before applying for a job
Never apply for a job without making sure your online presence is as ready to interview as you are. Employers will look at the online version of you before they invite the in-person version to an interview, so make sure what they see helps solidify their impression of you as a candidate. In China , both local and international companies use a virtual private network , or VPN, to access blocked websites like  Facebook ,  YouTube  and  Twitter  to look up your cyberspace presence. Don’t think for a second your online version created at home won’t be reviewed if you’re looking for an internship in China or work inside the Middle Kingdom – it definitely will be. Here are five things you must do before  applying for a job . 1. Update Your LinkedIn Profile If you haven’t revised your LinkedIn profile since your last job, it’s time to make some...
Continue reading
  2376 Hits
2376 Hits
JUL
03
0

Reasons Why You May Be a Job Hopper

Are you a job hopper?
Some people find themselves bouncing from job to job, unable to make a long-term commitment. Job hoppers often have good intentions, so it becomes frustrating when they just can’t  find a job  worth holding on to. If the description above rings true for you, there could be several things going on. By understanding what could be causing your situation, you may be able to resolve it. So take a look at the three most common reasons for being a serial job hopper, and see if any describe you. 1. Self-Discovery Younger professionals especially may be going through a journey of self-discovery, bouncing from job to job as a way of exploring their options. When you don’t have a lot of experience, it’s hard to know what you’ll enjoy. Right after college for example, many people spend a few years in a state of transition. Job hopping during this period of time...
Continue reading
  2199 Hits
2199 Hits
JUN
26
0

Intern Update: Nick Freer-Smith

Nick Freer Smith
Nick Freer-Smith has arrived in China! Last month , the London-native was gearing up for his internship in Shanghai at China BlueSky Ventures , and now he’s beginning to call Shanghai home – at least for the duration of his internship ! “ It's certainly different to what I'm used to, but now that I've settled in I'm delighted to be here . “It's not as hot as I thought it might be so far – in fact, there has been rain and storms instead. The size of the city was something I had never seen before, so I felt a little intimidated at first, especially as I speak no Chinese, however now I'm starting to work out where everything is I'm much happier, and luckily most people speak a little English.” Nick Freer Smith Before coming to Shanghai, China’s hip-and-happening financial capital, Nick was living in the English countryside....
Continue reading
  1984 Hits
1984 Hits
JUN
25
0

Intern Testimonial: Anna Setterberg

Image
Although Anna Setterberg is looking forward to her  internship in China  at a publishing house in Beijing , she knows one particular challenge awaits. “I always knew coming to China would be difficult for me as my appearance sends out a preconception that I should speak Chinese , when I do not,” says Anna, who is a Swedish citizen adopted from Anhui Province in south China. “Furthermore, being adopted and having this be the first time to visit the country I think it will be an emotional and educative adventure.” Anna Setterberg The 21-year-old will intern at Alain Charles Asia Publishing Ltd for the summer before returning back to the UK to finish her studies in Business and Management at the University of Durham. “I will be working toward publishing The China Business Handbook , an advisory travel guide about starting up business in/with China. “I hope to enhance the previous...
Continue reading
  2080 Hits
2080 Hits
JUN
20
0

Intern Testimonial: Moise Marcel Amouofo

Moise Marcel Amouofo
Moise Marcel Amouofo is heading to China to do an  internship  because he believes it’ll no doubt benefit his career. “ China is essentially the future in my opinion. It is the fastest growing economy in the world, and it is predicted that it will overtake the USA as the economic superpower within the next 30 years. Thus I am convinced that an  internship in China  is ideal and will contribute to a more successful career in the long term ,” says Moise. “Also I have always wanted to experience the unique culture of China and visit many of its historical buildings.” Moise Marcel Amouofo The 21-year-old from London recently completed a law degree and will do his China internship program at Chance & Bridge Partners LLP , a boutique commercial law firm located in Beijing . “I expect to be fairly involved in the day-to-day activity of the law...
Continue reading
  2165 Hits
2165 Hits
x
Need any Help or Advice?

Just let us know, Gi2C has experts with years of professional experience standing by waiting to provide you with help or advice that will assist you with selecting the right program for your needs.

Contact Us