How To Find a Job in China as a Foreigner

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

China is located in Asia. The official language is Chinese.

Below is a selection of resources for searching for employment opportunities as a foreigner.

General Job Search Engines and Classifieds

With the sites below, you can expect to get a 0.5 to 1.0% response rate (people who will respond back to you to whom you sent your application/CV.) Nevertheless, I encourage you to give these sites a try as you never know what you will come up with or what connections you can make from a simple e-mail or application.

  • China Job: The name of the website says it all.
  • Zhaopin: A busy job search site with an ugly interface. The job postings are prettier though.
  • 51 Job: A Chinese job search engine portal. Why all the banners guys? I wish they could simplify their home page and get rid of the fluff.
  • Jobs DB: A job search portal that is not just popular in China, but other Asian countries as well.
  • Career Jet: I’m sure you’ve heard of Career Jet.
  • Indeed: The sister to the big U.S. job search site Indeed.com.
  • China HR: One of the cleanest, most intuitive job search sites for China.
  • New China Career: One of the leading English language search engines for jobs in China.
  • Learn 4 GoodLearn 4 Good tends to have a leaning towards teaching jobs, but they’ve got jobs in other sectors.

Teaching English

Teaching English is an option. All of the sites below are pretty similar and have a massive amount of teaching English job options. Browse through each of the sites for any teaching English job opportunities in China. Also, be sure to check out this cool table from the International TEFL academy that shows how much money teachers can expect to make in various countries around the world.

  • ESL Employment: Not the most beautiful interface, but who needs a pretty website when you have so many English teaching job options to choose from.
  • Total ESL: Also an overly busy interface but a wealth of job postings for teaching jobs abroad.
  • ESL Cafe: Dave does a great job in compiling some of the best job openings from around the world.
  • ESL Employer: Simple interface. I really like the search engine for teaching jobs.
  • Tesall: Big teaching jobs aggregator.
  • Footprints Recruiting: One of the largest ESL teaching recruiters in the game.
  • Reach To Teach Recruiting: Check these guys out. I know the owner of this program.

Other Websites and Blogs

  • CNNCNN has a good article about the job market in China for foreigners.
  • Just LandedJust Landed has a good guide to finding a job in China.
  • Foreigner CNA simple article about finding a job in China.
  • Transitions AbroadTransitions Abroad has a really comprehensive list for anyone considering becoming an expatriate in China.

Overseas and Expat Job Portals

  • Michael PageAn international executive recruitment website that I’ve used in the past. This site is targeted towards high-end job seekers.
  • eFinancialCareersMy favorite search engine for finance jobs on the web. I used them during my Wall Street days.
  • Overseas Jobs:  I find that there is often significant overlap between the postings on this site and that of other sites. Nevertheless this site has been around for a while.
  • Go Abroad: I’ve always been a fan of GoAbroad. In fact, on the visa information portion of my website, you will find where I have linked to their global embassies directory. They have a good job portal too.
  • Linkedin: Last but not least, this huge professional social network is a resource for building contacts in the field and location of your interest.

There you have it. The best places to find jobs in China as a foreigner. For information on visas for China, be sure to check out my China visa page. If you are looking to spice up your dating life, check out my post on the best online dating sites in China.

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