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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8 Ways Job Searching Stays the Same World Wide

ImageHere’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 bullet points. Make...
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University Grads, Abide by these 11 Rules when Job Searching

ImageIf 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 gear – right...
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Before applying for a job, do these 5 things

What to do before applying for a jobNever 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 updates. Rewrite your summary to include your current career objective,...
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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 is nothing...
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10 Mistakes that can Ruin any Interview

interview tipsYour 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...
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