What should you put on your CV to get noticed? What are jobs like in China? What can you do to turn your internship into a full-time job? Implement ideas from these Career Advice articles that will set your career in China on the right track.
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Anything but English teaching!

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As a foreigner in China , the one question you will most likely be asked by curious Chinese fans will be, "Are you an English teacher?” The reason being, most foreigners in China are only able to find jobs teaching English.  However, there are several unconventional ways to get a non-teaching job in China  and ironically one of the easiest ways is to start out teaching English. You might ask, why start out as a teacher when you're looking for a non-teaching job? Well, it provides you with the perfect inroad to your future career. Here's how to do it. Select a Chinese company that is a key player in your desired industry . After confirming with your Gi2C Group  contact that your favorite company is not currently looking for professional interns see if their Chinese staff need assistance improving their business or oral English. Sell yourself to the company...
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Statistics and Data on Employment in China

China Daily Go East Young Man
According to China's ministry of labor, the total population of China is 1.45 billion. The labor force is about 785 million as of the end of 2011. At that time, China’s workforce hit 764.2 million people, with 359.14 million employed in urban and 405 million in rural China. The number of migrant workers (people who temporarily live and work outside of their hometown) was 252.78 million, an increase of 10.55 million from 2010. The unemployment rate in urban China stood at 4.1 percent which is about 9.2 million people. The Ministry of Labor employment to increase by an average 3.2% per annum until 2015. Approximately 1.6 million foreigners are employed in China . Of those, foreigners teachers account for 82% with average salaries of 16,500 yuan per month. Average salaries for professional foreigners is 52,000 yuan per month.
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What are the average wages and expenses in China?


Did You Know... Consumer Prices in United States are 42.97% higher than in China Consumer Prices Including Rent in United States are 45.30% higher than in China Rent Prices in United States are 50.86% higher than in China Restaurant Prices in United States are 88.00% higher than in China Groceries Prices in United States are 43.13% higher than in China Check out the average  China wages  you could be making and start saving on expenses today with an internship in China !
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The Cover Letter: It Matters

Writing a good cover letter matters in a job search
Oh the cover letter . Some of us dread writing them, the rest of us love it. But one thing’s for sure: it’s an absolute necessity when applying for a job or an internship . This is true anywhere in the world. The cover letter affords you the opportunity to express yourself in a way you simply can’t in a resume . Resumes are structured and predictable. Cover letters aren’t. The cover letter is also the first impression you’ll give a potential employer, so you’ll want it to be good. Cover Letters Equal Expression Lisa McQuery of Demand Media believes that cover letters matter because of the way they enable job applicants to set themselves apart from the rest of the pack. She explains that the introductory portion of a cover letter “can be used to express a genuine interest in aspects of the company to which [the applicant] is applying...
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Five Ways to Meet New People for your Network

Five ways to expand your professional network
A referral through someone in your network is a highly effective way to land a job. Sometimes, it’s not just what you know, but who you know. You might think this is unfair, but you too could benefit from having a solid network or helping a friend out with your connections. Everyone is a connection, including you. Remember that. An endorsement from someone the hiring manager trusts is an extremely powerful means of influence. People in your network are also a great source of information about relevant job openings, and may be able to provide advice about how best to position yourself to the company. Sometimes, the best opportunities don’t reach job boards or recruiters because people within the network of the hiring company get to it first. Take the time to build a professional network. Below are five ways to meet new professional contacts.   Conferences And Events Attending...
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The Interviewer is not your friend

career advice, the interview is not your friend
Time and time again, job candidates make the critical error of behaving as if the interviewer is a trusted old friend. He or she is not. While you want to be relaxed during your interview, you don’t want to be too “chill” like you might be over a beer with some friends. This is true in the West or whether you’re interviewing for an internship in China .  Be aware of the following. This Isn’t A Two-Way Street The only thing the interviewer cares about is herself and her employer, not you. When asked about your life, your passions, your goals, your interests, she wants to know what you can do for the company and where you can fit in. Keep that in mind as you answer her interview questions. You Don’t Owe The Whole Truth Honesty is a good thing, and you should be honest during your interview. That...
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Using that Gap Year Wisely

Spending that gap year abroad
There’s no doubt that taking a gap year is a brilliant idea. Doing so allows you to get out of the classroom and breathe and think for yourself. You can volunteer, work, study abroad, travel, or do anything else constructive during your gap year. Why Work? Firstly – money! Getting a paid position means you don’t need to worry about your finances, and can often lead to more exciting opportunities that you may have been unaware of before. Working abroad is a fantastic addition to any resume : whether you’re working on a cattle farm in rural Australia, helping children in a developing country or doing an  internship in China   will show your work ethic, as well as initiative to find work wherever you are! Working Abroad This is fine if you have savings to fund your trip, especially to purchase that sometimes costly airline ticket. You’ll also need some...
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Employers Want International Experience

Employers are looking for job candidates with experience abroad
Employers are looking for those with  international experience  in today’s increasingly globalized world. Anita Bruzzese, author of " 45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy ,” says international work experience is key to landing a number of jobs. “For many young people, the economic downturn has been especially difficult because they're often competing with seasoned professionals for jobs once reserved for the inexperienced.” These students “bring that experience back and use it as leverage for future internships and jobs,” Jacqueline Levine, assistant dean and director of the University of Rochester ’s study abroad center, tells USA Today . “What is particularly important is when students come back, we ask, ‘What did you learn?’ ‘What do you want to do next with that?’” Roughly 15% of students at the University of Rochester did an overseas internship during the 2011-2012 academic year. That number jumped to 30% during the summer. Internships,...
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The Value of Unpaid Internships

what an unpaid internship can do for you
Unpaid internships have roused plenty of controversy. While plenty of folks refuse to do one, there are certainly benefits to doing an  unpaid internship .   For instance, you get an inside look at the world of your chosen career, and that practical experience is invaluable. Doing a good job also gives an employee a sense of pride by providing a product or service that’s meaningful and offers something to help others which comes with its own set of benefits and rewards. Not only that, but an internship looks great on your resume . Whether it be in a college classroom or interning for an employer, doing a good job results in increased opportunities for the future, especially when being evaluated directly against other students or employees. Whether they are paid or not, interns will get a first-hand look at what’s entailed in actually working for an employer in the...
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Writing a Skills-based Resume

How to write a skills-based resume
If you’re fresh out of university, you likely never held down a full time job. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have a resume. If you’re looking for your first job or if you’re looking to try something new, you need a resume that highlights your skills and speaks about your capabilities in a broad sense. How To Write A Skills-Based Resume The primary focus of your resume should not be about who you worked for and the types of responsibilities and projects you held, whether part time or over the summer. You need to hone in on particular experience and skills in a broader sense to show how it can apply to your first time or if you’re heading into a completely new field. For instance, say a candidate was a successful intellectual property lawyer and now wants to make the transition to public relations. The PR employer could care...
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4 Ways Not to Ruin Your Career on Social Media

How to avoid ruining your job seach on social media
Social media, will all of its benefits to you as an individual, also has risks attached to it. Using social media without thinking about the consequences can have a disastrous impact on your career. If someone has a platform to share thoughts quickly, it can become a slippery slope. Social media can connect you to an audience at an impressive speed, but also gives you the chance to share inappropriate or questionable content. Also, if you’re looking for a job or internship in China , for example, don’t think you’re off the hook. Although Facebook and Twitter are blocked in the Middle Kingdom ( LinkedIn is not), employers can check your accounts easily by surpassing the Great Firewall through a virtual private network . Companies big and small in China even use western social media tools to reach out to global consumers, so don’t think you’re safe from inspection. There are...
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How to get Hired Online

Using the Internet to get hired
If you’re  looking for a job   chances are that you’re hitting the Internet instead of searching through newspapers or industry publications. With the majority of jobs being advertised online, making sure you’re  applying  correctly is more important than ever. At  Getin2China , we also post a sample of some of our China internship programs online. Here are some of the best ways to get hired online. E-mail Subscriptions Make sure you’re subscribed to as many job sites as you can, entering in as many details as possible. If there are a couple of sectors you’re interested in, make sure you tick them all, instead of just looking at one. Widen your range from the main recruitment websites to  industry  specific bulletins and sites – these more precise sites may come up with jobs that aren’t being advertised as widely. Social Media Sites Social media sites will be your best friend...
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4 Ways to Kill your Resume

Writing a strong resume
Want to cause a recruiter to toss your resume aside? It’s easy! When an employer is faced with several –possibly hundreds– of applications, he or she will try to narrow this list down quickly. Making one of the following mistakes can get your resume tossed in just a matter of seconds. And this is true no matter where in the world you apply, whether for a job or internship . 1. You Didn’t Attach A Cover Letter This is not a good start to any job application. Failing to include a cover letter instantly means that you have failed to put in the extra minute it takes to attach a cover letter, and this is never a good thing. A lot of recruiters delete their first round of applicants simply because they have not included a cover letter. If you’re applying for an internship program in China , a cover...
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Surprise Interview Questions: They'll Get You Every Time

Surprise interview questions
Many interviews, whether they are for jobs in IT or jobs in admin, will contain surprise interview questions. Normally, they will be questions about experience and motivation, but that won’t always be the case. Unexpected questions will sometimes be asked to see how someone thinks on their feet, rather than having a prepared response for an expected question. Testing A Person’s Character For the prospective employer, your answers may reveal a lot about your experience and motivation, but not necessarily much about your character or how you will fit in with fellow employees. Expect a question about character. The unexpected question will often take an interviewee by surprise, especially when an interview begins in a stereotypical way. An interviewee will often seem confident when the questions asked are the expected ones, but when something unusual is thrown at him or her the confident exterior will sometimes vanish, and they may become flustered....
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How to Get the Job You Want

Get the Job You Want
You have a job, but you’re miserable. It’s time to get the job you want. Discard entry-level templates, shrug off your excuses, and follow these five tips to ensure the next time is the last time you disappear down the will-they/won’t-they employment rabbit hole. What Do Your Qualifications Say About You? The choices we make post university can either bolster or undermine our piece of paper. While a degree in engineering or planning may attract the attention of boutique recruitment companies, a lack of volunteer work or engaging extra-curricular activities may count against you. If you’ve got the extra-curriculars on there, talk about the outstanding experiences you had (which is why extra-curriculars should never simply be resume padding. If you sign up for one, throw yourself completely in to get the most experience out of it). Companies and agencies feel comfortable with hiring candidates who reflect their philosophy, embrace teamwork,...
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Recent Grads have these 4 Fears

facing the fears
Life can slap you in the face once you’ve left university. Suddenly, you’ve got real commitments to keep and deadlines to make, you can’t skip classes just because you partied too hard on Tuesday night, and spending every day in sweatpants? Fo’get about it. Sounds pretty dull, huh? But it doesn’t have to be! Here are some solutions for these common fears of recent grads. Fear #1: Being Tired All The Time It’s weird, isn’t it? You could stay up until the wee hours in the morning, sleep for two hours, and somehow still make it to class for your big presentation. After college, this seems like an unthinkable feat. Why? Because, chances are, you were able to come back after your presentation and snooze for a couple of hours before your next class. Unfortunately, most workplaces haven’t passed a nap time policy yet (unless you work at Google!). So, how...
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Do Employers Care that you Job Hop?

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In a study released by Evolv, over 100,000 call center employees were asked about their employment history and their current tenure. The results could change how recruiters look at your employment past. Recruiters try to screen out “ job hoppers ;” that is, employees who seem to perpetually change jobs. (If you’re wondering why you may be a job hopper, read this ). For companies, this type of employee is costly because it isn’t cheap to make a new hire given recruiting and training costs. Some say a job hopper who leaves before six months can cost an organization one and a half times the employee’s annual salary. The assumption is that if your resume shows a long list of companies, with some jobs lasting six months or less, then you are a job hopper and will, therefore, leave all of your future jobs at the same frequency. Evolv’s study...
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Do this, don't do that, when waiting for your interview

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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....
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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...
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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...
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