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Welcome to Fun &Easy Chinese by ChineseClass101.com!
嗨大家好,我是李殷如. Hài dàjiā hǎo, Wǒ shì Lǐ Yīnrú.
Hi everyone, Yinru Li here.
Are you interested in getting a job in China?
If you’re one of those who’re attracted by the idea of living and working in China, this video is for you.
In this lesson, you’ll learn about the requirements of working in China, where to look for job openings, along with tips and Chinese phrases you can use during a job interview.
To start off, you need a work visa to be legally working in China.
The most common work visa is a Z-type visa. One of the documents you need for applying for this visa is a work permit from your employer in China. So make sure you have an employer who is willing to offer a work permit to you.
If you’re physically in China with a different type of visa, the legal procedure to work there is to get the work permit from your employer, apply for a work visa at a Chinese embassy outside China, then re-enter China with a legal work visa.
For more details on the application process, you can check the Chinese embassy website or get a visa service center to help you.
Being able to speak Chinese fluently or passing the HSK, which is a Mandarin standardized test, is not a necessity to work in China, but it certainly will bring you more benefits socially and financially.
The best cities for foreigners to work and live in are usually the cities that have more employment opportunities for foreigners.
At the top of the list is the capital city of China, 北京 Běijīng. Not only does Beijing have an influence on political affairs, it is also the center of culture and international communications of China.
Another great city that’s foreigner-friendly is the well-known 上海 Shànghǎi. The skyscrapers on both sides of the Yangtze river will tell you why Shanghai deserves to be the center of finance and developed business in China.
In the southern part of China, 广州 Guǎngzhōu and 深圳 Shēnzhèn are the two major cities that offer great employment opportunities to foreigners, with their leading roles in retail sales and international trades.
When it comes to where to look for job openings, the internet will always be the best choice.
LinkedIn, which is the most internationally popular network for employment, is a good place to start looking. Make sure you have a neatly organized and detailed resume for potential employers to look at on your profile page.
JobLeadChina.com is an excellent recruitment service provider and works as a bridge to build a connection between foreigners and the Chinese employment system.
JobsiteChina is another great platform that focuses on international employment. Make sure you check those two as well.
If you’ve made it all the way to interviews, congratulations! You are only one step from success!
Here I have a few interview tips that are particularly important in China to share with you.
#1: Stay humble. Though in your resume or during an interview, you’ll have to paint yourself in a presentable and confident image, you should remember not to overdo it so much that you make yourself look arrogant. Being humble is one of the most important traits that Chinese culture values.
#2. Rather than talking about your own evaluation of yourself, focus on your personal accomplishments. Talk yourself up with stats and facts, not just empty words and promises.
#3. Always showcase your good manners and etiquette to make a good first impression. Remember to smile, shake hands, and use honorific terms such as 您. And don’t forget to thank them for giving you the opportunity to interview, which has brought us to the next part: essential phrases to use during interviews.
Let’s start with the basics.
Greet your interviewer with 您好 nínhǎo. As we mentioned a moment ago, 您 is the honorific term of 你, "you". [slow] 您好. "Hello".
If there’s more than one interviewer, greet them all by saying 大家好 dàjiā hǎo, "Hello everybody" [slow] 大家好.
If you made a mistake, you can apologize by saying 对不起 duìbuqǐ, meaning "sorry". [slow] 对不起.
To thank the interviewer, you can say 谢谢您 xièxie nín which sounds more polite than simply saying 谢谢 xièxie.
[slow] 谢谢您.
Here are some more advanced phrases you can use to impress your interviewer with your Chinese.
After greetings and a brief self-introduction at the beginning of the interview, you can say:
谢谢您给我面试的机会。Xièxie nín gěi wǒ miànshì de jīhuì.
谢谢您 xièxie nín is "thank you".
给我 is "give me".
面试 means "interview".
And 机会 means "opportunity".
谢谢您给我面试的机会 together means "Thank you for giving me the opportunity to have an interview."
[slow] 谢谢您给我面试的机会。
我有过类似的工作经历。Wǒ yǒuguò lèisì de gōngzuò jīnglì.
有过 means "have had".
类似的 means "similar".
And 工作经历 means "work experience".
Together 我有过类似的工作经历。
"I have had similar work experience."
Another one, when you couldn’t catch what the other person said, or when you’re being interviewed on the phone or on Skype, and it’s hard to hear, you can apologize and politely ask them to repeat it:
不好意思,能再说一遍吗?Bùhǎo yìsi, néng zài shuō yí biàn ma?
"I’m sorry, can you say it one more time?"
At the end of the interview, after thanking your interviewers again, you can say 期待您的答复。Qīdài nín de dáfù.
which means "Look forward to hearing back from you."
期待 means "look forward".
答复 means "reply".
Together 期待您的答复.
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Hope you find this lesson helpful for finding a job in China. Thank you for watching and good luck. I’ll see you next time! 再见!

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