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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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How to create a striking CV with limited work experience

We've all been there, trying to bulk up a CV to show more interesting detail to fill in the remaining half a page of space (almost feels like writing this post!). Before you go on about being great at MS word, email and breathing in and out, here's a little inspiration to get more valuable information on that precious pair of pages on your CV. Write about the real you Before resorting to bul...
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5 things to take to a job interview

Your application was successful, the telephone and skype tests went well and now its time to hit the road and meet up face to face for that all important interview. Here are five things to take with you for a smooth interview. 1. Copies of your CV Bringing a copy of your CV, like so many things in an interview is done more of a symbol of organisation that an act of practicality. If the compa...
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Why it’s quality over quantity for job applications

Quality over quantity
In today's high tech age of job sites and accounts, sending off your application can be done at the click of a button. Ubiquitous positions are posted by the hundreds and candidates from all over the world apply for  hundreds of jobs. Like this, it's all too easy to fall into the trap of applying wholesale with a generic CV. However, contrary to the actions of most job applicants bulk applicat...
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5 ways to look more professional when applying for jobs

The fine art of business is a highly subjective environment. Judgements are made on the appearance and presentation of oneself as much as the content that is produced. More often than we'd all like, a great deal of business opportunities arise from personal relationships and the appearance of someone's image more so than what they truly have to offer. The good news is that with a little prepar...
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5 things to cut from your resume to improve your application success rate

Resumes are a leveller among us all. No matter what job in what country, the chances are that you should have a well written summary of yourself to have on hand for recruiters and employers in order to land yourself the job you want. According to research by The Ladders recruiters may spend as little as 6 seconds looking over your resume thus there is no margin for poor execution. At only 2 pages ...
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