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

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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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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...
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The Benefits of Face-To-Face Networking

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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...
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Tips For Conquering Career Fear

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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...
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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...
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8 Ways Job Searching Stays the Same World Wide

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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...
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University Grads, Abide by these 11 Rules when Job Searching

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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...
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Reasons Why You May Be a Job Hopper

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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...
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Intern Testimonial: Anna Setterberg

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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...
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Intern Testimonial: Moise Marcel Amouofo

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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...
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Intern Testimonial: Tulio Puente

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Tulio Puente has found himself in the right place at the right time. Puente, from Monterrey, Mexico will do his China internship program at Novel-SuperTv , a telecommunications company in Beijing , and he’s looking to be of particular use during his time in the Middle Kingdom. “ The company has intentions to expand their market to Latin America, due to the increasing opportunities and ties between both regions , so I will basically be a marketing research assistant to help develop strategies to increase their customer's agenda.” Tulio Puente He says that the growing ties between Mexico and China (Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Mexico earlier in June with the aim of expanding ties between the two rapidly developing economies) will lead to “opportunities in the future for those with experience in the Chinese market or with language skills.” The 21-year-old, who is studying Economics in Mexico and did...
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Intern Update: Siobhan Rehman

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After a few days of settling in, Siobhan , who is doing her internship in Beijing as a teacher, is ready to get down to work. “Just had my first class ever! It went surprisingly well, considering my class requested an American accent, which I don't know that I totally fulfilled,” said Siobhan. “Most students just wish to perfect their English speaking skills by talking to a native, so the lessons are quite straightforward. Plus my class was very friendly and jokey, so it took away any nerves – or doubt in my new accent!” Siobhan says the work environment was not what he expected, something many foreigners who work or intern in China often note. “I was most surprised about how relaxed and straightforward teaching was. I've always suffered from stage fright, so I took a teaching job as sort of a shock therapy! It seems to have worked – I...
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Intern Testimonial: Siobhan Rehman


For Siobhan Rehman, her dream has finally come true. “I've always wanted to come to China , so I'm glad it’s finally happened,” said the 21-year-old from Milton Keynes, UK, who recently arrived for her internship in Beijing . “I’ve settled in really quickly, and I'm excited to get started with things! I've seen a few tourist attractions already and have made all my friends at home jealous, so it’s already a worthwhile trip!” Siobhan, who just finished her second year of her BSc in Economics, Politics and International Relations, will do her China internship program as an English teacher at the New Power School in Beijing for the summer. Siobhan at the Get in2 China office in Beijing “I'll be mostly tutoring adult learners one on one, which will be good for my Mandarin Chinese language   lessons , so I can see learning a foreign language from both perspectives,”...
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Intern Testimonial: Andreas Schönning


He handles communications with international business partners and manages negotiations to attract new global media players. He assists his manager with shaping the company’s worldwide marketing efforts and tries to uncover new marketing channels. Andreas at a portion of the Great Wall of China just outside Beijing. His name is Andreas Schönning from Skurup, Sweden, and during his  China internship program  in  Beijing  he’s doing all of the above. The internship — at  Reed Exhibitions , a world leader in organizing tradeshows and exhibitions – has taught 24-year-old Andreas “P ersonal development traits such as prioritizing work, multitasking, deadline management and communication skills ,” as well as an “ extensive understanding of the industry I was assigned, improvement of my marketing knowledge and increased cultural awareness of multiple countries , including China. ” Andreas, who graduated from the  European Business School London  with a master’s degree in Management and International...
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Intern Testimonial: Christopher Adshead

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Christopher Adshead’s  time in  China  is winding down, and he’s about to head home to the  UK’s highly competitive job market . “My experience in  China  was a pleasant one, and I will really miss it when I leave. I enjoyed the  Chinese  culture and hospitality received by the locals and the activities you can partake with your friends (mainly going out drinking and having a good laugh). The London native is finishing his  China internship program   at  Topview Consultancy & Trading Ltd.  in  Beijing  where he helps business clients enter the Chinese market. As an international business development manager, his day-to-day responsibilities include conducting market research for investment opportunities, drafting proposals for international clients on market-entry and expansion strategies, and liaising between businesses and participants during company meetings and events. “ The beauty of being in this job was that you were given the freedom to give your...
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Intern Testimonial: Nichodimus Muriritirwa

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For recent graduates, their first taste of the real world after university is often somewhere close to home. For the UK’s Nichodimus Muriritirwa, it’s China. This  accounting  and  finance  major from Leicester will  intern in China  at  China Accounting  Service in the capital  Beijing . “I will be assisting in the preparation of end of month accounts,” said Nichodimus on his first day in Beijing. “I am also looking to get exposed to the pressure of working to meet deadlines and targets.” Nichodimus with our program coordinator Vivi at the Get in2 China office in Beijing. China continues to gain traction as a top  internship  destination, rivaling traditional heavyweights like London and New York. “ China  is a diverse and attractive country with one of the best economies in the world right now. It is also a major exporter of goods and services and that is why I chose to do my...
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Intern Testimonial - Maria Margarita Contreras

Gi2C Intern Testimonial - internship in Shanghai, China
Maria Margarita Contreras knew why she chose the Middle Kingdom to do an internship. " China is an amazing place to learn and develop. In my opinion, having the opportunity to work and live and to know China is without a doubt a great advantage to better position myself in the competitive job market," the 25-year-old, who studied business at the University of Wales, says. Maria, from Columbia, will do an internship in Shanghai  at CissCo Trading Co., Ltd, a supplier of complete plastic extrusion equipment and systems for pipes, sheets, films and other products. The company is looking to expand in Latin America, and she'll be working in their international trade and sales department. "Since my roots are Latino and I speak Spanish, that's a plus." Maria, while thrilled at an opportunity in China, understands challenges lie ahead. "I know it's not going to be easy," she says. "I can't...
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On Tour: UC Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!)










October 5th, 2012: UC Santa Cruz Fall Study Abroad Fair Leading up to this event, we had heard rumors that the campus of UC Santa Cruz is actually located inside a Redwood Forest. When we arrived on campus, not only were the rumors confirmed, but we also found UC Santa Cruz to be a favorite in the nation's 'Best College Mascot/Team Name' Contest... University of California at Santa Cruz Banana Slugs. Roshni, Yuri, and Ben approvingly bought t-shirts from the bookstore to blend in with the other Banana Slugs. So I knew that we would have an interesting day, but never did a imagine that the Student Union would resemble a log cabin. The city of Santa Cruz is known for having laid-back, even slightly eccentric, locals. It is also known for being a gorgeous, and fun, coastal beach town. Redwood forests colliding with coastal beaches, the students at UCSC...
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On Tour: University of California at Davis










October 4th, 2012 - UC Davis Study and Intern Abroad Fair "Wow." That's all we can say. University of California at Davis completely blew us away. Never in my life have I seen a more active and engaged student populace. I am an alumni of one of the largest - and what I consider one of the liveliest - Universities in the U.S., The Ohio State University. Our community of 60,000+ students in Columbus tend to be pretty involved, but the level of involvement and overall energy on the campus of UC Davis was on an entirely different level. As we were still in the midst of this California heat wave, things really heated up during the early afternoon. Outside in the main Quad, students were buzzing to and from class on bicycles, scooters, longboards, skateboards, roller blades, and other modes of transportation. There was a food truck dishing out...
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