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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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 being...
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Using that Gap Year Wisely

Spending that gap year abroadThere’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 money to support yourself...
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Employers Want International Experience

Employers are looking for job candidates with experience abroadEmployers 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, says Levine, open the door to...
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The Value of Unpaid Internships

what an unpaid internship can do for youUnpaid 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 real world. The benefits...
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Writing a Skills-based Resume

How to write a skills-based resumeIf 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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