To get a job in China, do your research, network, and apply for jobs online and in person. You can start with Zhaopin and Zhipin.com. Everyone who wants to find a job in China needs to look for a job in China. You can look for recruitment agencies in China. And you can look for jobs on Facebook groups in China.
Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in China. Chinese citizens and residents do not need a work permit to find a job. In most cases, every other nationality wants to apply for a work permit to work with regular documents. You can do this together with your new employer or employment agency. Or you can find a work visa scheme to come to China without a job offer. Read more below on how to find a job in China.
All websites linked in this article are in Chinese and English. Use Google Translate or any other translation app if you need to.
First, find a job, and then you will worry about a work permit if you need it.
How to find a job in China
You can find a job in China by searching online for job opportunities in China. You can find a job either with a company or a recruitment agency.
Chinese citizens and residents do not need a work permit to find a job. In most cases, every other nationality wants to apply for a work permit to work with regular documents.
Job websites in China
To find a job, try using search engines like Baidu, Google, Naver, Sogou, or Yandex. For example, try to search “Construction worker in Beijing” or “Nurse in Shanghai,” and don’t just stick to the first few pages of the results.
Try different job websites until you find what you’re looking for. You can also look for organizations that may have job openings, like “Retail in Guangzhou” or “Banking in Chongqing.”
Many job websites can help you find work in China. Some of them are focused on specific professions and industries.
Search for a job on these popular job websites below:
Facebook groups and other social media to get a job in China
Facebook groups help you to connect with people about jobs in China. I found these groups talking about jobs in China. You can look for more.
Recruitment agencies in China
You can look up a recruitment agency that can help you. You can type “recruitment agency near Shanghai” on Google Maps or any other map app. There, you can find a list of relevant agencies you can contact. If you are not in China, search your area for local recruitment agencies. They can help you find a job in China.
Be aware that you should not pay an agency when they find a job for you. So be careful when an agency asks you for money.
Ask around you for jobs in China
To find a job in China, speak with any person who may have traveled or worked in China. You will see that some of your friends or family know someone to help you. Ask around and find opportunities among your contacts. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for “factory near Chengdu.”
Walk around anywhere in China for possible jobs
If you are somewhere in China, you can explore the area and see what job opportunities are around you. You can look for organizations and businesses around you and visit them. For example, below is a search on Google Maps for “market near Beijing.” You can see these places to ask for job opportunities.
Search for employment schemes
You can apply for an employment scheme or an employment support program to help you find a job. Those programs can be local or national. They can be open only to Chinese residents, but they can also be available to foreigners. You can search for employment schemes at your local government or embassy. You can search for “China employment scheme” or “China employment program.”