What are the best jobs in China

Job search

There are a variety of websites for jobs in China. While American and multinational companies mainly advertise on www.monster.com, many Chinese companies advertise on Chinese sites such as www.zhaopin.com, www.51job.com or www.chinahr.com. Some of these pages are also available in English, but most of the current job offers are in Chinese. You need to know some Mandarin to understand it.

If you are already in China, you can also go through the classifieds in English language magazines. Such listings are usually directed to foreigners, but most of them are only for temporary employment and contracts.

Apprenticeships in China

There are jobs as an English teacher at high schools, universities and an increasing number of private language schools. Usually they are offered by email and phone, either by the school itself or through a recruitment agency. Some agencies refer teachers to suitable schools or offer pre-training and only charge a small fee for this. Other organizations offer low-paying or volunteer jobs and charge hefty fees for insurance, training, and other assistance.

International apprenticeships are also offered at larger job fairs. Candidates for this need a government-issued apprenticeship certificate and should take part in on-site interviews at the fair.

A job as an English teacher is usually required to be a native speaker with an English certificate such as TEFL (Teaching English as a foreign language). Not only will a Masters degree increase your chances of getting a job, but it will earn you a better salary as well.

Job applications in China

For your application you must first submit the following documents:

  • A letter explaining why you are qualified for the job. Note that long cover letters are uncommon in China. However, you should at least explain why you are applying for the position.
  • A resume or resume that should be about two pages long. There are no formal rules for cover letters in China, but your resume should at least include personal information, work experience, education, special skills, and your career goals. Note that China is a rather humble way of presenting yourself, so any boastfulness on your résumé could quickly lead to a bad impression. Stick to the facts and let them speak for themselves.
  • Copies of your diploma or other degrees. Education is very important to Chinese employers, so be sure to add any degrees you hold to your application.

If the company you applied to is interested in your profile, a telephone interview will usually follow. If you've applied to a larger company, you will likely have face-to-face interviews as well. In a conversation like this, be humble and try to make clear your motivation for the job and your skills.

One piece of advice: before the interview, put yourself in the position of the hiring company and ask yourself: why should they hire you and not a seasoned Chinese who already knows the Chinese environment and who probably only earns a fraction of what you're asking for would? If you are applying to an international company: Why shouldn't you send an internal employee who already knows the company and the business to China? Answering these questions will help you assess your real market value and identify the companies that have a reason to hire you.

Find a job through an internship in China

Many people who study in China also work as interns for foreign companies or public institutions. Internships in China are mostly unpaid, but they often lead to good job offers. Either at the company or institution where you did your internship, or at other foreign companies that usually employ people who already have work experience in China.


If you want to work as a freelancer or self-employed person in China, you have to be prepared for some difficulties. The first problem is the visa. If you are new to China and need a work visa, it will be a lot harder to obtain than if you have an employer to do it for you. Ways to get around this are either going to China as a student or getting a job to get your papers and then trying to change your visa status once in China.

Discrimination in employment

If you are from a western country, you are likely used to strict anti-discrimination laws and you will be surprised by some questions that Chinese employers ask you. Don't be surprised if you see a job offer like this: “Smart and sexy secretary wanted” (yes - that's a real ad on Just Landed!). Many Chinese employers require an application photo, and some of them even state the desired age of the applicants.

By Just Landed

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