Jobs in Shanghai

Finding a job in Shanghai is a big deal for many people.

There are those ‘sent here’ by a company, or those with specialised skills (IT, finance, engineering, being a ‘real’ and well-qualified teacher … ).

But many arrive with nothing, or with an English teaching job that they are hoping to ditch, as soon as they find an opportunity that will give them a job title they are comfortable to mention, when dining at ‘Sinan Mansions’ with ‘friends’.

The best job sites:


Creative Hunt

Match Dragon

The Australian Chamber of Commerce


Job-hunting Tips:

Firstly and most importantly – don’t be too desperate.

It is definitely possible to find opportunities by simply being ‘out and about’ (I don’t mean ‘out and proud’ … but let’s face it that is a must if you want to work in the luxury industry).

Socialising is a must for the Shanghai Job-hunter.

Yet, that does not mean that people want to be hassled, harried, and reminded that you are, still, looking for a new job.

It is also not the same thing as ‘networking’, which rarely works.

Going to any ‘meeting’ of ‘networking’ and such is going to mean meeting a load of people who are (1) jobless (2) if they have a job, it’s not a high position, (3) have enough free time to go to such things.

Leaving with a bunch of business cards is not going to get you employment (most likely).


Be yourself and don’t try hard to impress anyone

Socialising simply means getting to know more and more people. In a relaxed way. Being relaxed, and being yourself.

The person who is obviously sniffing around will be soon found out by Shanghai’s wiser and savvier (savvy-er?) expats.

We all have experience with the person who is just asking around and around, making it obvious that they are just trying to use anyone they can for that person’s connections and guanxi.

Such people are soon shunned.

Do something

If you are searching for a job then why are you not also doing something to make yourself more employable?

Enroll in a Chinese language course. Volunteer for charity work. Both of these are extremely helpful, for obvious reasons. Many an expat can be heard to say “I’m not going to start studying Chinese because…” I’m not going to be here for long / I don’t want to study in a classroom / it will take too long to get to a fluent level.

If you are in China and are aiming to have a ‘career’ of any kind here – and are currently unemployed – then you better equip yourself with something highly valuable – the language skills. There is no good reason not to.




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