Resume/CV –​

Looking to snag a job in China? The steps are easy as 1, 2 3! First, you need to get their attention through your CV and resume. People from the HR department strongly recommend that all foreigners, regardless of their Chinese level, submit their resume in both written English and Chinese. You have to take in account that Chinese companies will not have the time to read your English resume and fully comprehend your experience, so to save their time and your opportunity, make sure to deliver in both languages.

But the question of the day would probably be: how do you write a CV in Chinese? Is it western-influenced wherein you organize your latest experiences? Do you mention any familial details, or highlight more on academic and other achievements? Do you make sure there is a different emphasis for your academic reach and corporal accomplishments?

What should your Chinese CV / Resume contain?

  • Your personal picture, preferably formal and small in size.
  • Personal data, which should include your name, nationality, contact address, phone number and its national code, your current and most active email, date of birth and any additional information that you consider important.
  • Work experience should list relevant skills and involvements that you took. Make sure to always include the period of employment, your position, the company’s name and a short description describing the nature of your job and what the business deals with.
  • Education: This can be tricky, but don’t lose heart if you didn’t graduate from a notably well-known university such as Harvard or Yale. Describe you educational attainment with a more meticulous technique, and elaborate on its advantages compared with others. Indicate your major academic awards, and a well-organized and concise introduction on your school will improve your image among the potential Chinese employers. Everything is done in reverse, so always start with your recent experiences.
  • Foreign languages: It’s always impressive to be a wordsmith and multilingual, so make a list of it all. Start with your mother tongue, followed by any foreign languages you’ve studied and are familiar with, including a level of fluency. If you already have some background knowledge on Chinese, explain further and add where and how long you’ve learnt it.
  • Computer skills: Mention the programs you’re familiar with and specify in detail how it could be relevant to your job.
  • Other experiences or training/separate courses. If you have other experiences that you feel may be relevant to the job, you may list them here along with additional information such as the length and your training or organizer’s name.  
  • Hobbies and interests (optional). People like to get to know who you are outside of your work experiences, especially since it reveals some of your personal traits. It’s recommended that you include this in the list; especially if you have any remarkable hobbies that could make your employer believe that you’re quite the interesting character.
  • If you have any references from your previous employers or professors, make sure to include them in your CV in an appendix so that we may refer to them for a background check.

Maybe it’s not as short as 1, 2 and 3 but these 9 steps are your basic essentials that could help you land your dream job in China. If you want to higher it up a notch, try out these extra CV writing tips:

  • Design your CV to be visually attractive and pleasing to the eye. Use bold letters for headings and separate each section clearly so that all information can be found quickly.
  • Try to avoid specific terminology and abbreviations that recruiters and employers outside of your home country will not understand.
  • If you decide to treat your experience chronologically, maintain the same chronological order in every section. Always start with your recent experiences as it is the most relevant one.
  • Double, triple, quadruple check everything. Avoid spelling and grammar mistakes as it can leave a careless impression on you.
  • Your CV should never be longer than 2 pages long. Sometimes the best CV’s are just a page long, since it suggests that you are able to summarize your skills in the best and most concise manner. Also note that HR managers read a ton of CV’s every day, so make sure they notice your relevant work experiences and elaborate on that only.

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