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许多国外工作的求职者是基于最初招聘情况的严格程度及程序导向来“评价”一 个公司的。然而,许多国外求职者放弃与某个公司进行联系是因为该公司的人力 资源同事在他们看来是不专业的、无组织的。一个糟糕的招聘广告或者第一个不悦的联系电话都可能会阻止优秀的求职者前来面试。细节决定成败。

许多国外工作的求职者是基于最初招聘情况的严格程度及程序导向来“评价”一
个公司的。然而,许多国外求职者放弃与某个公司进行联系是因为该公司的人力
资源同事在他们看来是不专业的、无组织的。一个糟糕的招聘广告或者第一个不悦的联系电话都可能会阻止优秀的求职者前来面试。细节决定成败。

先前我们已经讨论过,由于高度专业化的工作要求与低数量的合适求职者供应,招聘外国雇员来中国工作是一项十分艰巨的挑战。招聘外国雇员时,对招聘广告及面试程序的要求比一般的标准要高。

在本文中,我们以“求职者的期望”为媒介来讨论招聘工作中可能会出现的无效或误解的风险。我们举例说明外国求职者的期望通常是怎样的以及中国公司应当怎样对这些期望作出回应。

这并不是说中国公司必须调整自己以完全达到外国求职者的期望,而是说,当招聘者和人力资源经理能够预知中国公司与外国求职者之间的期望差异,并且知道不能够完全按照雇佣中国员工的办法来雇佣外国求职者时,他们会预知到可能会出现的问题并尽量避免。

1.薪酬与签证

在欧洲和美国,在招聘广告中标出薪酬范围是很普遍的一件事情,这可以帮助缩小前来应聘工作的雇员类型。同时,薪酬诱人的职位可以吸引到更多的求职者。即使对你的公司来说通常不会在招聘广告中公开标出薪酬,当招聘外国雇员时你也可以考虑一下这件事情。

在招聘广告中或者面试前讨论薪酬的另一个原因在于,外国雇员的薪酬与中国员工的正常薪资水平有着很大的不同。在大多数行业,就外国雇员的薪酬来说并不存在什么标准,因为外国雇员的数量太少了,专业化的要求太高了。另一方面,这也说明外国雇员如果抱着高标准的薪酬期望的话会有一定的风险,有些公司可能会接受,但另外的一些公司可能不会接受,并且双方几乎不可能就什么是“标准的”或“合适的”薪酬达成共识。此外,由于招聘需求十分专业化和特殊化,因此,将薪酬公开对招聘公司来说可能会避免一些问题的出现。

就签证而言,外国求职者有两点期望,首先,招聘公司应当对与工作签证有关的一切事务负责,其次,招聘公司的人力资源经理应当能够回答与工作签证有关的一切问题。然而,公司人力资源管理者的观点是,外国雇员应当了解签证的相关政策及程序,并且由他们自己承担签证费用。很明显这方面很容易造成期望偏差,可能使双方都不愉快。因此我们建议中国公司应当尽早与求职者商讨公司的条款及政策,如果有可能的话在招聘广告中提出要点也是可行的。

2.招聘广告

招聘广告中的用语对于吸引求职者来说十分重要。首先,广告的题目与内容必须包含正确的关键词及专业术语,以符合职位检索要求。其次,广告的写作风格也很重要,最好是有趣的并且易懂的。第三,广告的写作风格与内容信息应当能够吸引求职者前来应聘,申请该项工作(而不仅仅是读完广告后就走开!)

招聘广告的英语语言风格十分重要,而语言的专业性和准确度更加重要。在现实生活中,对于中国员工来说,其几乎不可能写出或者编辑出十分完美的英文招聘广告,除非他们与英语人士进行合作。如果你使用外国雇员去起草招聘广告,你要向他们提供详细的信息,告知他们你想要通过广告传达些什么内容,然后在广告发布前找另一个人仔细检查一下。如果你使用招聘机构来帮助你撰写招聘广告,你应当问一下他们招聘广告是否由英语人士撰写,如果不是的话,你应当同他们商讨一种方法来保障广告用语的质量。

3.求职信

国外申请者在申请不同种类的工作时通常会期望写一封求职信——至少一封求职邮件。在选定究竟对哪些求职者进行面试时,求职信无疑是一种非常有效的评估求职者的方式,你应当在招聘广告中用英语说明你希望求职者在求职信中包含哪些方面的内容。换句话说,你不应当只问他们一些一般性的问题,而应当问他们一些有针对性的问题,通过文字提前开始面试。你的说明应当是清晰的并与工作相关的,这会使你的工作在外国求职者看来更加专业。

4.简历

在国外工作申请过程中,简历格式的整洁与信息的清晰被认为是一项非常重要的技能。因此,你对于外国求职者的简历要求应当高一些。不要错失检查简历的机会:如果简历是以纯文本的格式呈现,让求职者再提交一次原始版本的简历,从中可以看出求职者的态度。

国外求职者的简历一般情况下不包括照片或者年龄。但是由于这些信息可能是你挑选求职者的重要参考,你可能需要去找到合适的方式询问求职者此方面的信息。

5.面试安排

在工作城市出行并找到公司位置对于外国求职者来说可能十分困难,那么就需要你来提供友好的信息,告知他们如何才能找到公司,并提供网上地图链接。如果你能提前告知求职者面试的形式、时间以及到公司后应该找谁(姓名和职位),这在他们眼里无疑会提升你们公司的专业形象。细节决定成败。

如果你希望求职者在面试时能够带来或准备一些信息,你应当提前给他们一个清单。中国求职者在面试时可能会准备好各种各样的证书以及其他文件,但是国外的求职者一般不会带任何东西,除非你要求他们携带。

6.招聘者的角色

招聘者(或“猎头”)的角色在中国不像在其他国家那样标准化。国外的求职者会期望招聘公司机构能够处理招聘过程中的大多数问题,包括与公司商谈工作机会。但是在中国,招聘者在引介求职者之后不太会过深地涉及所有的细节。由于对于招聘者到底应该扮演什么样的角色并没有统一标准,应当确保招聘者阐释清楚谁在每个阶段的任务是什么,谁应当保持知情及谁应当对商谈工作细节负责。

7.工作职位相关问题

在国外的工作面试中,求职者会希望招聘公司提供给他们各种类型的组织系统图、职位列表及流程图。即使求职者还处在初期阶段,这些信息也会成为面试过程中讨论的基本话题。中国的公司可以考虑在面试的初期阶段将这些详细的文件提供给国外求职者,国外求职者只会依靠这些文件来提供好的讨论话题,不会专门把它们翻译出来,另作他用。

当外国求职者在面试的初期阶段询问一长串复杂的问题时——包括职位的资历以及公司运转的相关信息,有些中国公司会显得不耐烦。通常情况下,当中国求职者只是一个应聘者时,他们会比较沉默寡言,避免使自己看起来像是在打探公司的信息或者“查问”工作的相关信息。而外国求职者不会如此沉默寡言,因为在通常情况下他们的交流风格更加散漫,更加注重细节,甚至更加斗志昂扬。

一般而言,外国雇员对于理解职位信息比较模糊或者灵活性比较大的工作都存在着一定的困难。不熟悉公司的外国雇员会指出信息的不足,进而要求与公司进行商谈,以避免应聘过程中的混乱情况或公司哄骗他接受一个不在其计划范围内的职位。每一个雇员——不论是外国的还是中国的——都会担心被置于不切实际的期望之下,然后因失败而受到责备:在这种情况下,中国公司可以提供比中国求职者更多的与职位相关的信息给外国求职者,以减少他们的担忧。如果该职位是新设的或者功能发生了变化,那么向求职者提供信息的其中一个方法就是给求职者一定的时间让他们去同潜在的同事交流日常工作。这实际上是一种反向的面试——不是由中国的同事向外国求职者提问,而是由你来安排一个会议,让外国的求职者向中国员工提问一些关于日常工作的详细信息。同时,要提醒中国员工知无不言言无不尽。这个想法可以被纳入到常规的面试规程中,因为公司经理可以随后询问外国求职者他学到了什么,以此来检验他的理解能力和兴趣水平。同时,也可以间接满足外国求职者对许多与职位相关的信息的疑问,而不用通过创建一系列关于公司工作信息的英文文件来解答。

8.有效的面试策略

当面对外国求职者时,由于许多与求职者有关的信息可能会因为语言差异而被遮盖或者一些文化标志很难用语言说明,因此,设计有效的面试策略是十分重要的。你要做的首要改变是花费更多的时间在不同类型的面试上。这就意味着你不得不面试较少数量的求职者(更加集中地),因此你必须提高自己面试前的选择能力。通过电话对求职者进行预面试可以帮助确保你将节省下来的面对面面试的时间用在那些最优秀的求职者身上。当面试外国雇员时,切记他们工作成功的其中一个重要因素在于他们与中国同事是否合作融洽。你应当设置一些测试,让他们与中国同事一起工作,借以观察他们的表现。如果你不太方便这样做,你也可以直接问他们,让他们举一些与他人相处的例子,并问问他们对于同事及工作环境有着怎样的期待,然后看看这些期待是否正确。

关于求职者的家庭、个人状况与事业规划等方面的问题对于探究他是否会稳定地居住及生活在中国是十分重要的。然而,这些方面的问题可能会令求职者不太愉快——在这种情况下,最好的方法就是坦率地解释你想要了解他们的稳定性,然后使用开放式的问题让他们告诉你他们的背景信息。

9.面试后的跟进

在面试结束后,外国求职者都会期待你去告知他们接下来的事情。如果你无法告知他们接下来要做什么或者你需要多长时间来考虑其他求职者,并且公司也不能够跟进,求职者自然会认为他没有得到这个工作机会,然后继续进行其他工作岗位的面试。因此,如果你有一个觉得还不错的求职者,你应当通过邮件或电话来跟进,保持他的热情,只有这样他才不会放弃你的工作机会。如果公司无法快速做出雇佣决定——例如,在提供工作职位前有一些延误,那么这种保持热情,使求职者觉得暖心的交流就十分重要。国外求职者通常期望人力资源部门做出的雇佣决定能够更快一点,更加清楚一点。

10.文书

对于在原籍国工作的国外求职者而言,在正式加入公司前需要准备很多文书,刚开始有一封录用通知书,紧接着会有各种各样的与工作和公司章程有关的表格和文件。所有重要的步骤和信息都会以书面的形式呈现,即使这些内容已经在会议上讨论过也是如此。在中国,你的公司可能不会持有所有文件的清晰英文版本,并且在某些情况下你可能需要依靠口头的讨论,或者在被雇佣之后才会有跟进的文书。你可能会发现对于外国雇员来说,他们对于文书的延误或者遗失非常不满。事实上,当他们谈论文书时,他们是在谈论自身的权利,他们认为不以文本形式提供信息意味着公司对待他们的方式不得体。中国公司与外国雇员经常会遇到这样的问题,即对于一些细节性的问题通常会存在着很大的分歧——因此,不要认为文书是个小问题,不值得担忧。

如果你不会在工作开始前用英文文书呈现一切,你应当提供大量的机会来用以讨论。询问外国雇员他们期望哪些东西可以用书面的形式呈现是非常容易的——由于招聘国外雇员的程序与中国雇员不太相同,当你询问他们有何要求时,他们不会感到惊讶。即使在面试尚未结束前,你也可以让求职者将他的问题写下来。这样就可以保证,即使还没有正式的书面答案,外国雇员也会觉得他的要求是被人理解的并且会有人在一个确定的截止日期之前进行跟进。

 

结论

许多国外工作的求职者是基于最初招聘情况的严格程度及程序导向来“评价”一个公司的。然而,许多国外求职者放弃与某个公司进行联系是因为该公司的人力资源同事在他们看来是不专业的、无组织的。一个糟糕的招聘广告或者第一个不悦的联系电话都可能会阻止优秀的求职者前来面试。细节决定成败。

就文化差异而言,同样也是细节决定成败。国外求职者通常会将中国公司某方面信息的缺乏视为该公司的不专业或不可靠之处。另一方面,中国人力资源员工与公司经理也通常会对外国雇员的诉求表达方式及不切实际的期望大为恼火。要想解决此方面的问题,最普遍的原则是努力建立起双方的信任。应当更加努力地促进双方的交流,使他们能够在早起阶段坦率地阐明自己的期望,避免以后产生不必要的误会。

 


 

注释

上述的言论与你的经历相符吗?或者你有没有其他的,更重要的文化差异与招聘过程差异来进行分享?

你有没有一些招聘外国求职者时遇到的真实故事?

请在下面用英文或汉语写下你的看法!

这篇文章的作者是一位英国总经理,他十几年来一直同中国的人力资源部门及招聘机构进行合作来招聘中国及外国雇员,因此他能够较好地比较中国与其他国家在招聘实践中的文化差异。


深圳的公司们-快来这里做广告吧!

 

Article “Recruiting Foreigners to Work in China: 10 Differences in Candidates’ Expectations” and this Chinese version Copyright 2014 Shenzhen Jobs, all rights reserved.

businesswoman waiting for job interview

在以往的招聘过程中,可能会允许一些偏差和低效率的存在,因为有能力的求职 者很多。但是当招聘外国雇员时,你就需要制定额外的计划,防止偏差的出现。

当中国公司想要招聘外国雇员来中国工作时,其无疑踏上了一条荆棘之路。

如果中国雇员能够很好地完成工作,那你就不需要花费额外的费用、面对艰难的挑战去招聘外国雇员;反过来说,你想要去招聘外国雇员,那么就说明你对于雇员有特殊的、专业化的要求。

此外,当前居住在中国或想要来中国工作的外国雇员的总量并不是很多。一项工作在伦敦或柏林找到合适的求职者可能会非常容易,而在上海或深圳就变得十分困难。(反之亦然,当伦敦或柏林的公司需要招聘中国雇员时,也会遇到同样的情况。)

因此,当中国公司招聘外国雇员时,就遇到了“双重挑战”——公司的招聘要求比较高,而合适的求职者却比较少。这就意味着,公司的招聘过程要比以往更加准确和有效!

在以往的招聘过程中,可能会允许一些偏差和低效率的存在,因为有能力的求职者很多。但是当招聘外国雇员时,你就需要制定额外的计划,防止偏差的出现。

当招聘外国雇员时,你的招聘方法必须符合以下三个方面的要求:

A. 确保你的招聘广告能够被尽可能多的合适的求职者看到;

B. 确保你的招聘广告和招聘程序能够吸引合适的求职者,并激励他们前来应聘;

C. 确保你的招聘方法不会在不合适的求职者那里浪费时间,或者甚至雇佣了不适合此项工作的求职者。

不幸的是,尽管招聘过程中的挑战意味着你必须在以上三个方面表现良好,但许多中国公司由于缺乏与外国雇员打交道的经验、不清楚中国与外国招聘程序的差异、不明白公司员工与求职者之间文化上的差异,它们很难处理好以上问题。

例如(参照上面的 A,B,C)

A – 中国公司招聘外国雇员的广告通常不在外国求职者常去的网站上,或者招聘广告的范围有限——这就意味着公司错过了使那些优秀的求职者看到招聘广告的机会。

B – 中国公司招聘广告中的细节在国外求职者看来并不是十分清楚的,甚至有些英语语言上的错误或者公司细节的不完善会给外国雇员留下糟糕的第一印象——有时,有些雇员是适合此项工作的,但由于糟糕的第一印象,他们会不去申请此项工作。

C – 如果中国公司在招聘广告中不把工作或者招聘程序的细节讲清楚,那就很有可能会面试到不适合的求职者,当求职者意识到招聘广告有问题时,双方甚至很有可能会产生摩擦。

招聘外国雇员没有统一的规则或方法,招聘策略实际上是由行业性质、专业要求以及职位资历来决定的。当然,公司的规模也很重要——小型的或中等规模的公司必须擅长自己来打造招聘广告,而较大型的公司必须学会如何挑选专业的招聘公司并与其进行合作。

但是不论公司规模如何、职位性质怎样,人力资源经理必须了解以下问题,只有这样才能够有益于上面提到的三个方面的改善:

  • 我们的招聘广告发布在了正确的网站上吗?
  • 还有没有其他的网站可以把我们的招聘广告发布上去?
  • 除了工作招聘网站外,我们可不可以把招聘广告发布在其他的一些地方,比如讨论小组或社交媒体?
  • 我们在外国报纸上登上招聘广告能不能找到优秀的求职者?
  • 我们有没有预先的方案来安排那些不住在当前工作城市的求职者(甚至是那些不住在中国的求职者)?
  • 我们的招聘广告在英语语言方面是否规范(经过英语人士的检查)?
  • 我们的招聘广告是否包括了其他外国雇员的评价或例子,以证明我们公司是个适合工作的好公司?
  • 我们有没有提供关于签证和工作环境的详细信息?
  • 我们有没有关于想要面试的员工类型及员工须知的统计数据标准?
  • 我们有没有考虑到一些新晋外国雇员可能不能胜任工作或者离职的可能性,并且通过设置相应的面试题目来进行此方面的评估?
  • 我们有没有规定相应的手续来收取新晋外国雇员的推荐信并对他们的背景进行核查?
  • 我们的员工是否已经了解有关工作签证和雇佣合同的正确信息,以便于回答可能出现的问题?
  • 我们的人力资源同事有没有收集求职者问到的那些问题或就问题作出报告,以便于我们了解未来怎样才能把招聘广告做得更加清晰?
  • 我们有没有从那些成功及失败的求职者那里收集信息,以了解是什么吸引他们来我们公司应聘(或者是什么使他们不来应聘)以及他们对于面试经历的一些看法?

如果你同专业的招聘人员合作,问他们以上问题来了解他们招聘求职者的方法是十分合理的。

结论

总之,当一家公司在招聘外国雇员时,它可能不得不付出更多的努力来找到合适的人员,没有为招聘过程提前做好准备意味着你最后可能招聘到的是不合适的员工或者是可能会离职的员工,这样一来,它就不得不花费极大的代价再进行一次招聘。

 

 


注释

上述的言论与你的经历相符吗?或者你有没有其他的,更重要的文化差异与招聘过程差异来进行分享?

你有没有一些招聘外国求职者时遇到的真实故事?

请在下面用英文或汉语写下你的看法!

这篇文章的作者是一位英国总经理,他十几年来一直同中国的人力资源部门及招聘机构进行合作来招聘中国及外国雇员,因此他能够较好地比较中国与其他国家在招聘实践中的文化差异。


深圳的公司们-快来这里做广告吧!

Article “Why Hiring Foreigners in China is Doubly Difficult – and the 3 Areas Recruitment Must Improve” and this Chinese version Copyright 2014 Shenzhen Jobs, all rights reserved.

Perhaps one of the most asked question of all time when you check out forums on teaching English in China is whether one should pick up private students and teach them at home in China. Although the question seems easy enough and perhaps you may have heard of instances when an expat pulls this off flawlessly or may have seen it in a movie, the truth is, private tutoring in China can be more of a problem especially if you do not have the right type of visa.

Most private tutors in China belong to two categories, those who are allowed to teach English, and those who are not allowed to teach English in China. Let’s take a deeper look on the two categories, shall we?

Who Is Allowed to Teach English in China?

Technically speaking, if you are an expat, only someone who holds a Z visa or a Foreign Expert’s Certificate is permitted to teach English in China. This permission is typically obtained because the individual is employed by a legitimate company or institution offering English services. Under this category, an employer may or may not allow the English teacher to seek other sources of income.

English teachers who have the non-exclusivity clause in their contracts are allowed to take on private students for one on one tutorials as freelance English teachers. The number of students may be more but it should be within what is legally allowed and not resembling formal classes unless the teacher has established his or her own school.

A problem that can arise from this is if the English teacher’s contract with his or her registered employer says that all forms of teaching should be exclusively done only for the employer’s company or if the tutorial sessions are operating like an unlicensed or unregistered school.

For those who do not have a Z visa, non-commercial tutoring will not pose a problem, such as tutoring a friend. However, it is better to simply abide by Chinese laws and regulations and get a Z visa to not get into trouble. Some small companies may take advantage of tourists or expats and lure them into teaching for the small companies but this places the tutor at risk since if the company decides to not pay them, they cannot report about it otherwise they would risk getting arrested, fined, and deported; perhaps even banned from procuring future visas.

Who Is Not Allowed to Teach English in China?

The answer to this one is simple. If you do not have a Z Visa or a Foreign Expert’s Certificate as your work permit, don’t even think or try of advertising tutorial services. While it is true that a lot of individuals have not been caught illegally working in China, it is also true that a lot of ESL teachers has been caught, arrested, fined, and deported.

Please note that as earlier stated, freelance English teaching in China will not pose a problem as long as you have the right visa and is complying with the terms in your contract with your registered employer. Once you have checked that you are all clear to conduct tutorial classes or seek extra employment opportunities, only your resourcefulness is the limit as to how much extra income you can make as a part-time freelance English teacher.

Want to know more about the Do’s and Don’t’s of being a freelance English teacher in China? You may get more information at Teach in China and looking for China expat forums focused on the city or region you want to be at. Be open for possibilities, but be responsible to check possible consequences first. Happy English teaching!

 

Article by Dianne

Have you thought of pursuing law in China? It is not such a bad idea considering the status of China as the second largest economy. Maybe you have a passion for the language and you are fascinated by the Chinese people and culture, or it could be that you consider the Chinese market; very exciting because of the ever changing trends. All these are good reasons if you are well prepared for what is to come.

Haikou Intermediate People’s Court Photo: Anna Frodesiak (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons


Just like any other career there are many things that can hinder your path but if one has prepared and planned for them it makes things much easier. I have picked out the top three problems that one may come across as an international (foreign) lawyer in China.

The citizenship factor.

Just like other countries you cannot practice law in China unless you are a Chinese citizen and have sat for the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) examination, passed it and received a passage certificate.

HOWEVER, one may work for foreign law firms as a consultant on other issues such as business, investments and minor legal issues. You are not at any time allowed to represent clients in the court of law and where you are to be directly involved with the law, the Chinese government must have granted you the permission which is also limited.

Basically if you really desire to act as an attorney then you must be a citizen of China.

Minimum experience.

Another problem you are likely to encounter is if you are fresh from law school. In most cases you cannot practice law in China especially as a foreigner if you just got out of college. You need to have practiced it back home for at least two years. What most people do is work around it by practicing law for 6 months and one day at home that makes up one year or you can do it for another 6 months and one day that makes two years according to your country.

The other problem that comes with this is you need a work permit which your employer (an international law firm in most cases) should get for you.

You also need an invite from the company. The downside of that is if your country does not have a law firm in China, it gets hard for you to get access into the Chinese market.

Competition.

Drastic competition in a foreign land. Consider the competition that is eminent in your home country now triple that in China. China is on top of the economic chain and it also has a lot of foreign firms. United Kingdom and America topping the list of number of firms with very educated advocates and lawyers, and here you are from a normal law school not as much skilled and experienced. The odds are against you which may be very frustrating especially if you are not very passionate about practicing law in china because you are in it for the money.

My advice would be prepare! Prepare! Prepare! Read, research and connect.

Works Cited

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By Claire Maumo for Shenzhen-Jobs.com

If you are thinking of starting up your own business and you are already living in China or thinking of relocating, here are 5 top opportunity areas you need to know about…

Opening a food business in China might be a bit competitive though... Image: Ming Xia Beijing jian bing triptych https://www.flickr.com/photos/xiaming/92389832/

Opening a food business in China might be a bit competitive …
Image:
Ming Xia
Beijing jian bing triptych
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xiaming/92389832/

Not everyone is carved out for a 9 to 5 job. Some people are more comfortable being their own bosses, but the real issue is getting set up, and this is hardly ever an easy endeavor. It becomes even more difficult when you move to an entire different part of the world. Here, it doesn’t hurt to know a thing or two about what people actually want. After all, all successful businesses are built on the back of satisfied customers.

Now China is a booming economy, and its population guarantees demand if you know the right things to offer. In general, the economy is a haven for new businesses, but even then there are niches that if carved offer much more than others. These are profitable volcanoes, ready to be erupted. So, if you are bent on going ahead with a venture in China, we put forth for you the most attractive business opportunities from that part of the world.

 

Education

It is no secret that China has its priorities set when it comes to education. The nation realizes the importance of having world-class education, and so, spends a great buck on educating itself. When it comes to paying the cost of education, you are not on the favorable side, but the same high tuition turns into revenue when you change roles. So, the demand is certainly there and considering it is education we are talking about, it is there to stay. If you can offer great quality education, this venture could turn out to be more lucrative than you would expect it to.

Skincare

With people becoming more and more conscious about their appearance, there is a window of opportunity that many small-scale businesses have exploited over the years. What people want are specialized skincare products that cater to their specific superficial needs. The sub-niches in this niche offer you a crossroad – women-only products, or those designed for men, there is ample room for you to choose from. Which way you wish to steer your business is entirely up to you, what is of more importance is that not only is China interested in such personalized products, but is also able to afford them. So, why not provide an aging, yet wealthy, China with it what it wants?

Food

One reality you will become acquainted with after you move to that part of the world is that there is some serious lack of international food. You’d see it here and there, and that is about it. Expats and tourist usually struggle finding food that they are comfortable with, while the locals can also do with a slight change in the menu. One to consider for experienced chefs and restaurateurs…

Green Technology

China’s pollution issues are no longer a matter that the Chinese government can turn its head away from. It is worried and it is in need of solutions, however small they may be. This is where you come in. While it may not be a walk in the park to get contracts, and some may even require you to have internal contacts in the government, it should not deter you from having a go. People have tried and succeeded in providing green-technology before, and there is no reason why you wouldn’t.

Internet Business

Internet is something that can bring all of China together and touch new heights, and the rise of Alibaba is a proof of that. Unfortunately, there is no enough internet access in the country. The demand is there, standing idle and unfulfilled. Their misfortune is your opportunity. Easy to set up, a small-scale internet business would go a long way in providing both the parties with exactly what they need.

Setting up in business in China requires superhuman patience. Try not to get as abstracted as this guy though... http://kotaku.com/naked-man-meditates-in-busy-chinese-street-1324006597

Setting up in business in China requires superhuman patience. Try not to get as abstracted as this guy though… http://kotaku.com/naked-man-meditates-in-busy-chinese-street-1324006597

Pudong, Shanghai at night By Nicor (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

When it comes to learning about China, there is no lack of misinformation. Guided by stereotypical opinions, people say what people hear. What these people lack is a first-hand experience of what it is really like to be there.

If you have heard that you are better off being an employee in China because well, it is difficult to set up in a country so different than yours, you need to know these five things more than anyone else.

So, throw away what you have heard about China, and then proceed towards astonishing yourself.

Everything Is BIG

China is growing really fast, and has been for quite some time. But what this has resulted in is a situation where everything, from the population to the ideas, is big. They just don’t know the word ‘small.’

If you expect a hundred customers in a normal day, how about you put forth the possibility of a thousand? If you expect to reach out to ten thousand, how about you consider reaching out to a hundred thousand? That’s China for you. And the good thing is, it is not just talk, but reality that the 1.35 billion people in that part of the world live with.

And, when these people start to talk, they talk big. Nobody thinks about a company that wants to reach out to a few thousand people. Try a million, maybe?

 

Having Business Contacts Can Be Pretty Handy

Not only is it more convenient, but the tradition in China involves conducting business transactions in a way that really helps when you know someone beforehand. Going out for roasted duck to discuss a promising business idea is part of the norm. You are experiencing China, while conducting business – win-win.

Typical scene of your business meetings… By Popolon (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It Is Running FAST

It has become more of a cliché to refer to growing economies as fast runners. But, China takes it to a whole new level. Don’t expect sitting in long discussions of pricing and details. They do NOT want a marathon. Things go fast around there, and terms and conditions are decided likewise.

If you think you know what it means to have a fast-paced business society, China will alter your perception for good.

Passionate about a business idea you wish to put into effect? China is the place to be.

 

China Is Changing

A visit to that part of the world by the end of the 20th century would have presented an entirely different picture than what awaits you today. People came for the Great Wall and looked forward to visiting the Forbidden City. Not anymore.

Today, the sky-scrappers talk volumes of the fact that China has come a long, long way. It is fast growing, and the maps that were used a few years ago show an entirely different city.

The best part about this change is that it is willing to take you along. What you need to have is a good idea, and a way to pitch it. Boom! Bulls-eye.

 

Talk, Talk, and Talk Some More

There may be a lot of countries, which do not give importance to the power of words, but China certainly isn’t one of them. Words are sacred – they are expected to be kept, irrespective of a formal commitment.

But, that’s not about it. People want you to talk there. They want you to tell them about who you are, what you aspire to be, what you wish to create, why you think you are the right choice, and a thousand such questions. It is about selling yourself, your idea.

From addressing employees to meeting investors, China wants you to speak up and you better. Don’t know Mandarin? Not an excuse. Use an interpreter, but either way, get your message across. Simple as that.

 

Hopefully your pay packet will not look only like this. Photo credit:

“Would working in China me enough to make it worth relocating?” — this is the million dollar question, or rather, x thousand RMB question!

Moving abroad is a big decision, whether it is to China or anywhere that is far away and has a totally different language and culture. One key thing to make sure of before committing to any China position is whether or not you will be paid well enough.

China’s rise as an economic powerhouse has resulted in many people jumping at the opportunity to live in the likes of Shanghai and Beijing. And quite honestly, why wouldn’t they? The private sector has soared, and that part of the world has suddenly become an attractive destination for people from all four directions. So, if moving to China is under contemplation, it is only natural to want to know what the pay structure is going to be there.

One thing that should be clarified at the very start is that irrespective of where you are headed, there is no one “China salary” pay-level. Different occupations have different demands in different parts of the world, which in turn result in different pay levels. And then again, there are a thousand more factors that come into play and determine how much you take home. So, don’t expect a straight number that matches the whole of China or even one city or industry, but research specifics to get an idea of what you might be getting yourself into.

Expats in China actually enjoy a higher salary than locals employed there. Although the salary packages have not really improved over the recent years, it is safe to say that they are still attractive and OK compared to living costs. This gives you a general idea that if you are concerned about being paid peanut rates because well the Yuan is weak, you need not worry a second more. Or why else would such an enormous amount of people are headed to that part of Asia?

Anyhow, let’s look at the factors that ultimately determine your pay. First things first, do you know how to speak Mandarin Chinese? While inability to speak in their native language is not a deal breaker, if you do have a hang of the language, you are in for a delight. That’s right – the Chinese love their language and any expat who can speak it. Plus, you will be easier to work with from the locals’ perspective and so, it is only logical.

Another thing is how experienced you are. A survey conducted in 2011 indicated that expats with experience of 15+ years enjoy about US$240k equivalent per annum, working in the banking and financial sector. The pay in the legal sector is also extremely attractive, with expats with experience of 6+ years working for international law firms earning around $200k per annum. The biggest surprise of the survey was the pay of top-level executives in Sales and Marketing, with the number touching $400k for top-level expats with 20+ years’ experience. Now that’s Wall St. level. Clearly there is a lot of demand and not enough supply of experienced talent.

If you are not that experienced in your field, a number of about 70k in occupations like property & construction, human resources, and finance can be safely expected. Mid-level IT experts can expect an impressive $100k. Now add to these numbers the fact that health insurance is included in most salary packages, which can save up to $200 per month. Impressive, right?

Now these are just numbers. They don’t incorporate how well you are able to negotiate your salary or who you work with. The language issue, the working conditions and hours, and other similar factors are also at work when it comes to determining your salary.

China is a big country, and your specific destination may also play a vital role, according to a recent survey – China Salary Insight. The main cities offer much, much better payment prospects. The survey indicates that Shanghai leads the rankings, offering highest average pay in all of China. Shanghai is followed by Shenzhen, Beijing, and Guangzhou.

While China may not be THE most attractive location in terms of pay, it is certainly a haven for ambitious individuals. If you believe you can work in such competitive environment and bring a skill-set that is out of the ordinary, the pay should be the least of your concerns. You will be well compensated.

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Zhuang Tiefeng, villager from Shuiwei, Shenzhen, said, “In the old times that place was just marshland, and that way was also marshland. It belonged to the old village. My name is Zhuang Tiefeng, I am 65 years old. I was born in Shuiwei. In the old times we were all farmers. When we were not farming the villagers would go fishing. After the opening up and reform, Shuiwei village had a huge change. The old way of farming gave way to new industry and business and we were able to rent out our buildings to people from outside. The village income changed from tens of thousands of RMB to hundreds of millions of RMB. That’s an amazing change!

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