Author: Ben Noon

Medical check for the China Z visa

Completing the medical check form used by the vast majority of Chinese employers is one of the most challenging and costly aspects of the entire application process. After years of assisting hundreds of candidates with this we have come up with this guide to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible. Why do schools want this medical check? Although not an absolute requirem...
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Chinese holiday dates for 2019 & 2020

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Almost all work contracts in China include the official Chinese public holidays as paid vacations. Once again for the new year, here are the public holiday dates for 2019-2020 in China. Holiday2019 Date2020 DateNew Year's DayDec. 30 2018 - Jan. 1 2019Jan. 1 Chinese New YearFeb. 4 - 10Jan. 25 Holiday: Jan. 24 - 30 Tomb Sweeping FestivalApr. 5 - 7Apr. 4 - 6May DayMay 1May 1 - 3Dragon ...
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Why are ‘Teaching jobs in China’ Facebook groups terrible places for finding a job?

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We've all seen them, the Facebook groups that start overnight and soon swell with thousands of active members. In these groups are an overload of beautiful sounding positions. Vacancies are listed with an equally diverse range of spelling and grammar mistakes as the reputation of the recruiters that advertise them. Simon in Dalian can offer you an incredible 250k salary in a new kindergarten. Mea...
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Teach English in China for 1 year or don’t bother at all

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Teaching English in China is a major life changing experience. You literally uproot your entire life and move thousands of miles away to an entirely different culture. With such a huge change it's easy to consider dipping your toes in the water and going for a shorter period. Here is why that's a terrible thing to do and how the choice of a year or nothing helps so much with deciding whether or no...
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Getting a Criminal Record Check certificate from China

Getting a Criminal Record Check covering the time you were in China is not something that you often think of until you have returned home and are applying for positions that require them. Getting a no criminal record check needn't be difficult or frustrating. The process is the same whether applying from within China or abroad, the difference is that if you apply remotely you simply need to author...
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Chinese holiday dates for 2018 & 2019

Almost all work contracts in China include the official Chinese public holidays. To give you an idea of the dates and number of free days these add to your free time in China you can check the official holiday dates below. Holiday 2018 Date 2019 Date New Year's Day Dec. 30 2017 - Jan. 1 2018 Dec. 30 2018 - Jan. 1 2019 Chinese New Year Feb. 15 - 21 Feb. 4 - 10 Tomb Sweep...
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How to choose your school and city in China

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When choosing to Teach English in China there is nothing small about the entire process. The position is an adventure way out of your comfort zone, the country is vast and the choice of cities and school employers is endless. Here are some tips on how to narrow down your search and make sure you get that placement you are dreaming of. What are my priorities? We all have different drivers for com...
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The latest updates to the graduate job market for 2018

From the latest findings from the Institute of Student Employers we can see a very different situation for the graduate job market out there. The UK spends 72 million pounds per year hiring students and the past year has been one of great change for employers and recruiters in the UK. Competition for hiring grads has never been more cut throat and the numbers show even bigger problems on the h...
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How to land that dream job you’re underqualified for

We've all know that we should chase our dreams and it helps to have some tricks up our sleeves to pull the odds closer to our favour. When applying for that dream job there will often be requirements in the job specification that you don't feel confidently covered by your resume. Here are some tips to land that dream job regardless of whether you have the correct qualifications or not. Start ...
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The top 100 graduate Employers according to The Times

Each Year, Journalism firm The Times measures, ranks and publishes a list of the top 100 employers in the UK. The research is compiled from surveying over 20,000 students who graduated summer 2017. Checking the list out is a good way to see the current big guns in graduate employment. It can also help you discover additional employers to apply to that you hadn't yet thought of. Without further...
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