in China or being assigned to work in China is very common
Either you are sent to China by your company or you apply
for a job
Applying for a job in China is very common today as China gradually
becomes a world economic powerhouse. In fact, many Hong Kongers
feel that it is important to have good job experience in China
in order to enhance their resume back in their own home country.
is also very common to be posted for short working trips to
as a technical expert or international co-ordinator as China is
a big consumer of modern technology. Many companies sent their
professional and technical
on short assignments to familiarize their Chinese counterparts
on new technology, production methodology, distribution channels
or management technique.
addition to being a low cost production centre for some of the
biggest Japanese, Koreans and American brands in the world, China
is also seen as an attractive consumer market as China has a
large population that is increasingly rich and demanding for
more and better products.
Many people are fascinated with China and desire
to work in China. You can apply from your home country, or like
many, purchase a ticket, land in China and start looking!
best source of jobs is on the internet. There are many job
sites that specialises in China jobs. Alternately, pick
up an English expatriate magazine that you can find in most 4 or
5 star hotels and there are likely to be job opportunities in there.
Many of these magazines also run expatriate internet forums where
you can place your resume.
this moment, the biggest job opportunities for foreigners are
English teachers in schools as China raced to
get itself ready for the Olympics in Year 2008. Similarly, jobs
and Beverage and the Hospitality trade is also in high demand especially
for English speaking or bilingual staff.
course, the best way to be working and living in China is to
be sent by your company as an expatriate to China.
In this way, you can live in relative luxury while the company
up all your expenses
including condominium or service apartment accomodation, first
class travel expenses, food and entertainment allowances etc.
may even be given an allowance to bring your spouse or children
over. Already, there are large expatriate communities in all
the large cities in China. For Asian expatriates, the largest
communities are Taiwanese, Koreans and Japanese and for Western
expatriates, the largest expatriate communities are American,
British and German.
For business or short working trips, it is advisable to apply for
the Business Visa. A business visa allows multiple trips of up to
30 days per trip for a period of three or six months depending on
the visa applied. An invitation letter from the Chinese office is
needed for the application.
long working trips, a Z Visa is required. This allow you to stay
in China for up to one year. You will need a work permit
and a letter from your Chinese Office before a Z Visa can be issued.
For those lucky to be on job assignments, the company will likely
put you up in a hotel or a service apartment. China has a wide range
of hotels and are likely to be clean and comfortable even if in
the lower classes. When travelling to smaller towns, you may be
unable to find a hotel higher than 3-stars!
those on their own, renting a local apartment will be the cheapest
way to go in the long run. For those really on a tight budget, look
for a apartment in a local area and not in one of those expatriate
leases in China normally runs for a minimum of 6 months
but it is not uncommon to find 3 months leases nowadays. When renting
apartments, remember that it is a requirement to inform the nearest
police station of your new place of residence.
This can be a interesting area. Depending on the industry, the history,
the culture and management, working with the Chinese
can be a pleasure or a pain.
you are working in a Multinational company (MNC), where the
Chinese has been exposed to
western management concept, you may indeed find the working style
very familiar with that at home. You can generally fit in without
much adjustments in such companies expecially if they are well
established in China.
others, work can be a nightmare in a entirely Chinese environment.
Many state enterprises or Chinese company may run with a working
culture reminiscent of the iron bowl concept of the 60s
70s. If you are sent to work with a Chinese company or a joint-venture(JV)
company, there are significant working and cultural hurdles to
handle and adjust to.
will find it useful to check out working and living culture in
China with this ebook
If you are in China for business purposes, you will cerainly need
to learn about Chinese business culture. China has been a closed
economy for a long time and while it has certainly embrace the
world econmy for a decadede or two, there are still significant
and major business cultural differences. It is certainly important
to learn about Chinese business culture before landing in China.
the business culture in dependent on the industry, company or
even the geographical
Northern, business is seldom discussed unless there has been
a fair amount of socializing at the restaurant while in the South,
may come before social interaction.
the business culture of China is more of human
interaction than anything else. There must be a fair amount
and familiarisation before real business discussions of any form
can proceed. Do not jump or insist on a serious discussion on
first meeting as developing a social or friendly bond is considered
extremely important as far as Chinese businessmen and business
culture are concerned. Please see Chinese
Business Culture for further information and advice.
It is almost impossible to work or do business in China without
some understanding of the Chinese language. It is useful to attend
Chinese classes before or after seeking work in China. Please see
Chinese Phrases page for further basic understanding of Chinese.
the other hand, if you intend to live or work in China for a
few years, it is wise to take up basic Chinese lessons in your
home country. In this way, you can at least survive on your own
before having to depend permanently on a interpreter all the
more information about Chinese working culture and etiquette, check
out this interesting China
Book. Or email us
for further information.