5 Tips for Expats Landing a Job in China

 July 28, 2022

By  Elle Gellrich

Getting a job in China is a rewarding experience and should be relatively easy if you are determined to do so. There are many ex-pats that have already made China their home, and they would likely love to help you find work, or at least point you in the right direction.

Even though landing a job can be challenging, here are 5 tips to help you get started:

Do Your Research

When you are researching the job market, you will want to know what jobs are available and where. You should also think about what kind of work environment would be best for you. For example, if you prefer working alone or in groups, or if your preferred environment is more relaxed or vice versa.

Also, it’s important that when applying for teaching jobs in China, make sure they meet your needs and expectations.

You must know your worth. This is especially important if you are job hunting in an unfamiliar area because it is easy to get lost between all the different pay scales and types of jobs. If possible, try and find out how much you would like to be paid in your current industry. If there isn’t a salary range listed, ask around other people who work there.

There are specific things you need to research before going into the job market. What is the industry like? What are your skills? What kinds of jobs can I do with those skills? These questions will help you narrow down your options so that when you apply for a job, you know what type of position you want and how it fits into your career goals.

Maintain a Positive Attitude

Being positive and confident is just as important as being open-minded. So when you’re looking for a job in China, don’t be afraid to show your passion, enthusiasm, and curiosity.

Also, make sure that you are flexible and adaptable so that you can easily adjust to new situations. This will help you adapt quickly to the workplace if there are any changes or unexpected situations during your employment period in China.

You should also be a team player because jobs like teaching English in China require cooperative teamwork between employees and students alike, for tasks such as completing projects on time or resolving issues related to work processes among student conflicts.

Show Your Personality

When you are applying for a job in China, it’s important to show that you are unique and that you can fit into the company culture. Don’t try to be someone else or act like everyone else. Be yourself, as this is what will set you apart from other candidates.

The same goes for your attitude: be positive and friendly. If you come across as negative or unfriendly it may hinder your chances of landing the role because employers want to keep good employees happy!

It’s important for employers in China to see that you can fit into the company culture because it shows them how you will be able to adapt if they hire you. However, if your personality doesn’t fit with theirs then this could limit your chances of getting hired.

First impressions count matter. It’s important to make sure that you give off the right image from the start. A well-dressed candidate will have an edge over someone who looks scruffy or disheveled.

Network and create professional connections

Expats who come to China should know that it is an extremely important step to build a strong network and make professional connections, especially if they are looking to work in China. If you think that you can rely on your friends alone and do not need to build a network of professionals, then it could be challenging to get a job.

The first thing that ex-pats should do when they enter China is to join an ex-pat community or organization. These communities are full of people who have been through similar experiences and understand the struggles that ex-pats face. It also gives you access to job opportunities as well as other opportunities like social events where you can meet new people as well as learn more about China’s culture.

Learning the language helps

If you’re looking to teach English in China, it’s important to know the language. Even though you can get by with English in most parts of the country, learning Chinese will definitely give you an advantage when it comes to finding a job. Knowing the language will make your life a lot easier and help you make friends with locals while you’re there.

While at it, remember to get certified

It’s important to get certified through one of the many government-approved programs that are available. These certificates are recognized around the world and will allow you to apply for jobs at schools all over China without any problems.


If you’re looking to find a job in China, make sure that you plan ahead and account for all the aspects of the job search beforehand. It’s important to have a good understanding of your skill-set and make sure that it is relevant to what Chinese companies are currently requiring.

You should also be familiar with the job market in China, such as its current trends and opportunities. Obviously, your resume plays an important role in getting you your dream job.

Be specific and evidence-based when marketing yourself to a potential employer. If possible, try to connect with local business people or recruiters that could assist you in securing work.

Elle Gellrich


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