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Intern Testimonial: Julia Nikolaychuk

Julia Nikolaychuk's Getin2China internship program in China
The eurozone crisis is taking its toll on that continent’s population, and some like Julia Nikolaychuk are looking to  China  for opportunities. “Europe is facing a crisis and unemployment rates are rising high,” says 21-year-old Julia, from the Ukraine. “It is outrageous that with having a higher education and speaking four languages fluently finding a job is still a challenge. An  internship in China helps me increase my chances of finding a well-paid job, gain knowledge about international trade, establish business relations with experienced people and learn another language .” Julia will do her  China internship program  at the Shanghai Metal Corporation , a leading manufacturer of metal products, building materials, shipping containers and machinery. Her responsibilities as a trading assistant will include the following: • Ensure sales targets are met • Promote the marketing/sales of the company’s products and services to international partners • Develop sales and marketing strategies •...
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Intern Update: Nick Freer-Smith

Nick Freer Smith and his China internship program
Nick Freer-Smith’s internship in Shanghai at China Bluesky Ventures , an investment advisory firm, has come to an end. “I learned all sorts of things during my internship, both technically about the finance sector and consulting, and more practical advice about business in general. Probably the most valuable thing I learned was the importance of networking , and building networks of people who could help you in the future, as I saw first hand the benefits of many different contacts at my company .” Like any good China internship program , there were challenges. “There was a range of different challenges I faced … including working to deadlines and dealing with a project or document I didn't fully understand. As my degree is not in a finance-related field, there were several tasks that I found more challenging; however for the most part I was able to understand the majority of tasks,...
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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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Intern Update: Tom James

GI2C intern Tom James doing his internship in Beijing
Tom James has landed, and he finds China “really exciting.” “ I think I have settled in well so far. I also feel very surprised at how different Chinese culture is to western culture. But that is a good thing! ” says Tom, adding that Gi2C has been “very welcoming” so far. “Also, I feel a little nervous for two reasons. One, for crossing the roads without getting run over! And two, because I want to impress my company.” Tom will do his China internship program at Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) in  Beijing   the nation’s capital. As Tom mentions in a previous post , he’ll live with a Chinese family, an excellent way to soak in the local culture. “My family is super friendly,” says Tom. He’s staying with a mother, father and their 11-year-old daughter. “The cousin has been translating so far, but...
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Intern Update: Tulio Puente

Tulio
Tulio’s China internship program is in full swing, and he says living in Beijing is “all about learning.” Previously , Tulio told Gi2C that Novel-SuperTv , his host company, has plans to expand into the Latin American market. “ I am supporting the Overseas Sales Director in the transition to the LATAM market, doing some research on LATAM Digital TV market news, keeping track of some customers they already have, and translating some documents for their use with the clients ,” says Tulio. “So far my colleagues have been very kind with me, and as I work in the Overseas Department many of them speak English (although I need a little bit of help when I need to communicate with other departments). I am also making good friends there. I think the key is in adapting and joining their outside activities and showing them your willingness to try their culture.”...
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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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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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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...
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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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Should you blog? Yup. Here are five reasons why

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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....
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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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