Working abroad: Switzerland

Working abroad: Switzerland

Swiss Alps, magnificent scenery, hash browns and the quaintness of the Swiss lure every year not only many tourists into the country. The great possibilities for leisure activities combined with good working conditions and high wages makes Switzerland attractive to many expatriates who settle there and want to work.Especially the Germans love to be in the various Alpine country down and form one of the largest immigrant groups in Switzerland.

Although Switzerland is one of our neighboring countries and there is little language barrier, should be considered in some entry, job search and application. The Job Market  explained in section Working abroad , what it is important to note, if you want to live and work in Switzerland permanently. Granted: In the beginning you might think, in Switzerland it does not feel right and abroad to. The (most) residents speak our language and are of German culture closer than as a Portuguese. But who decides to emigrate to Switzerland and work there, noted quickly that the clocks tick differently in the confederates in many things.


Preparation before entry into Switzerland

work in switzerlandSpecial arrangements must not be made because of the simple entry requirements. Theoretically, every EU citizen to travel with a valid passport to Switzerland and take care of a job and an apartment on site. Up to three months, every European should stand for the purpose of seeking employment in the country.

Plant one but a permanent settlement in Switzerland, a little more organization is needed.Imported products such as the household effects must be reported at the customs in order to be brought into the country without charges can. All it takes is a discontinuation of the properties one at best, draws while packing.


Visa for stay and work in Switzerland

EU members need to enter a valid identity card or passport. If you already have an employment contract or a permanent resident in Switzerland, one must first make representations to various authorities. First stop is the migration office where signing up workers and there to present their employment. The second course is for residential community that granted a permanent residence permit.

After these bureaucratic corridors get in Switzerland Foreigners living a so-called residence permit, which is valid within Switzerland as an identity document. Depending on the length of employment you get a short residency (three months) or a residence permit (one year with option to extend).


Application in Switzerland

Job search and placement are marked locally in Switzerland. It is anchored in the Swiss labor market, that the word and the recommendation of other counts for a lot, so people are taken with good references or through contacts in the application process is preferred.

But without personal references it is not a chance. Of course, include the qualifications even with the Confederates. As candidates without relevant contacts are recommended unsolicited applications or contacting public employment agencies. Companies publish their advertisements mainly on their homepages, characterized as they can be sure that the candidate has already discussed with the company. Nevertheless, take a look at the different newspapers that publish partially weekly feature supplements on profession. There is also in Switzerland various online job boards.


Letter and resume

In Switzerland, as requested an application portfolio in Germany. This usually consists of letter, resume and existing installations as certificates and relevant documents. Thanks to the bilateral agreement German diplomas are normally recognized in Switzerland.

A challenge for immigrants, the linguistic situation in Switzerland, in addition to German and French, Italian and Romansh are the official languages. Generally speaking, to write the letters in the language in which the job offer is posted. Often an application is possible in another of the officially recognized official languages, however this should be requested in advance by phone.


job interview

In Switzerland, there are many names for German. One of them is “rubber necks”, as is said of the Germans, they nod excessively with their heads. In interviews restraint is more demand than to researchers appearance. In general, the general Swiss do not like too extroverted and confident manner. Especially in interviews is the trick is to effectively sell with appropriate modesty.

In interviews you have to be prepared to be asked for so-called “Reference lists”. This includes contacts of the candidate who can provide on request information about the personality and working methods. It is recommended that this be indicated as former employers or professors and of course, first to ask this to consent.

Content and the labor market in Switzerland

In Switzerland, especially IT professionals, finance professionals and service personnel for catering are coveted workers. But medical or technical professionals are highly sought.

A minimum wage , there is in Switzerland is not, but the wage level is generally high. In Switzerland, the average gross annual income is according to the Federal Statistical Office at the equivalent of about 60,000 euros. For comparison: In Germany, there is, according to the Federal Ministry of Finance almost 30,000 euros. But this must not be allowed to disregard that the livelihood is on average 30 percent higher than in Germany. In addition, the Swiss themselves must take care of their health.

The number of vacation days depends on the age: Between 20 and 50-year-old get four weeks of vacation per year, younger and older employees providing up to two weeks longer.

Whimsical knowledge for aspiring Swiss

  • in Switzerland it is forbidden by law on Sundays his laundry hanging out to dry
  • “Slow traffic” is the official term for hiking, cycling, mountain biking, skating and canoeing
  • Switzerland’s flag is square
  • The Swiss military designated pigeons as “self-reproducing small missile biobased with hard-coded automatic return from all arbitrary directions and distances”
  • The right to vote for women was introduced in 1971 in a referendum by the men
  • Watch video Employment in Switzerland


Work Overseas: Japan

Working abroad: Japan

In Japan, the land of the rising sun, burn the office lights after sunset a few hours longer than in Germany. That is the general prejudice. We explains how realistic this assumption about working in Japan is whether you pass after work at karaoke singing, and what behavior fernost office elevator is expected.

Working in Japan – Specifics of Application

Who is looking for work in Japan, should be aware of the special features in the application process. In traditional Japanese companies, it is common manually enter career and hobbies into a form from the stationery shop he trusts. If this is not specifically required, there is the German version with CV and motivation letter to.

In Japan, however, caution is necessary: Unlike here qualifications are indeed listed objectively, peppy speeches on their diverse talents are quickly interpreted as Japan but arrogance. Also in the interview is the greater virtue in Japan modesty.

Objectively quiet and not confident, so join candidates in Japanese HR managers at best. And the question of teamwork should necessarily affirm and establish well – in Japan cooperation is namely very important!

High work ethic in Japan

Work in Japan

Topic Working hours: What is still there at the cliché of people staying in the office staff? Is working in Japan only for designated workaholics?

Legally as well as in this country, the 40 hour week introduced. In Japan overtime at a premium of 25 percent also have to be paid on the hourly wage. In fact, it is quite another matter whether the Japanese workers at these “imposed” hold specifications. Because in comparison to Germany the Japanese was still working in 2010 on average in about 340 hours more than we. This is per working significantly more than an hour.

Although the trend is downward, the German Herr Müller can not help asking why Mr Takeshi from Japan his Feierabend willfully delaying: In Japan there – not only in the workplace – a strong sense of community thinking.

It may therefore de rigueur include unasked to work overtime because the colleague does too flat. Many Japanese people also before cringe, to go before the boss home. This is against the superiors considered as disrespectful behavior.

And since the supervisors to proven tradition also enjoys working times longer, creates a small vicious circle, which runs until the late evening hours.

Many Japanese have vacation days forfeited

A 50-year-old Japanese are an average of 33 days five additional days available as a German worker – actually. However, according to the Japan Institute of Labour he takes only eight days of claim.

The Germans have an average of 29 days in the year holidays. Reason for this discrepancy is that many Japanese feel at the thought of someone else must take over their job, uncomfortable.

But Japanese show their commitment through long and frequent working days, but not necessarily by a much higher productivity. This means that although they remain long in office, but not necessarily work all the time, but still surf the Internet for example.

Whimsical peculiarities of working in Japan

So how do you keep it when working in Japan with overtime and vacation days, then finally the own decision. However, terms of sense of community should be aware of one thing: The attempt to shirk the celebration evening karaoke singing, ensures discontent.

Those who want to work in Japan, comes before this social phenomenon hardly over, because a refusal disturbs the relationship with colleagues and superiors. It says then: eyes (or ears) to the mouth and through.

But even before the closing time it’s funny to in Japan: (!) Among male colleagues, it is quite common to play each other jokes, or even to massage each other. The Japanese colleagues, however is of no special treatment.

One more feature: In Japan can already in the elevator because of strict hierarchies misunderstandings: Not who is closer to the elevator buttons, but the professional rank Lower operating the floor button. To achieve the desired floor quickly, so fast appeasement is in demand.

Watch video How to Move to and Work in Japan


 Working abroad: Sweden

Working abroad: Sweden

Who thinks only of Elche, attractive blondes and overpriced alcohol when keyword Sweden who should dare to see the bigger picture. Because the most populous Scandinavian country has much more to offer than that.
A high standard of living and a stable economy make Sweden has long been an attractive immigration country. In addition to traditional companies such as IKEA, H & M and Volvo also innovative start-ups as Cheap Monday, Spotify and Skype have seen the light of day in the land of the Vikings.
What you should know before heading out in Sweden on the search for the dream job, says the job market .

Jobs in Sweden

The EU goodness there is German citizens possible to earn up to three months without Work in Swedena work permit in Sweden money. Then you have only the Office for Migration ( www.migrationsverket.seregister his residency).

If one wants to work in Sweden, you have to also get a personal identification number ( ), which is indispensable in office corridors and for handling of banking transactions.

Are these – compared to other countries quite small – hurdles taken, you can pounce on the Swedish job market. The job-seeking is similar to Germany. A good place to start is the National Labour Office ( ), on its multilingual website, much of the vacancies is advertised.

Just like in Germany speculative applications are a viable option.

Sweden is often associated with opportunities, so it is little surprise that photos are not very common in applications. An application first includes only letter and resume. Testimonials and references are brought generally to an interview.

The necessary language skills

Although now the first year to grandma almost every Swede relatively well speaks English, most employers expect basic knowledge, at least in Sweden.

Of these, however, one should not be deterred, because once one is reported in Sweden, the municipalities offer free Swedish language courses for immigrants. And one speaks German as their native language is Swedish anyway very rewarding language.

The Swedish corporate culture – with the boss by you

Sweden is known for horizontal corporate structures. A bank employee in T-shirt, saluting a with a friendly “Hey!” While still on speaking terms, encountered a not uncommon. Because is geduzt in Sweden – up to the king – really everyone! And while the obligatory coffee breaks, which they call “fika” Sweden, you can also like to exchange with the chief over the house, hobbies and dog.

The term work-life balance is known Scandinavians quite some time and they also lived: you Applies quickly as lazy in Germany when at 17:00 leaves the office on time, met someone who prides himself on excessive overtime in Sweden on tacit misunderstanding.

The Swedes enjoy at least five weeks of paid vacation per year and a set of parents will provide 480 days of paid parental leave per child. The Swedish state guarantees as well as to some extent the equality of men and women in working life.

Taxes – The downside

Before now but exultant embarks on a journey to the Swedish paradise, you should still know that Sweden’s high standard of living is partly financed by high taxes. The top tax rate in Sweden is 57%.By comparison, there are 48% in Germany.

Taxes are divided into a municipal income tax, which is 31%, and – depending on income – even a state tax. The good news is that taxes are indeed high, you pay for it but very low social security contributions. Taxable will you once you work more than six months in Sweden.

If one has even been able to effectively compete in the Swedish labor market, restrained colleagues are probably the last hurdle that needs to be taken. In the far north you have to warm up first.

Here, however, the following applies: For beer and liquor previously almost every Scandinavians is defrosted. And then it will not be long and you dancing in unison about the Midsommarstange.Until then lycka till in the job search and välkommen i Sverige!

Fun Facts about Sweden

  • In Sweden there are heated sidewalks.
  • The pacemaker was invented by the Swedish Rune Elmqvist and Åke Senning.
  • The Swedes drink together with the Finns most coffee (10kg per person per year).
  • The Swedish Queen Silvia is originally from Germany.
  • In Schwden are of the “right of public access”, General includes the everyman everyone’s right to enjoy nature and to use its fruits, regardless of ownership on the respective land. Exercising is not dependent on the consent of the landowner, and one may also throughout camp for 24 hours, as long as you there will not cause damage or waste leaves.

Watch video Six Hour Work Day in Sweden?


Work Overseas: South Africa

Working abroad: South Africa

Africa is known as the cradle of humanity, but is also famous for its Savannah, wild animals and the white beaches. The fascinating flora and fauna and the vibrant cities of South Africa are facing civil wars, famine and serious diseases in many regions.
Those who want to work and live for a longer period in the beautiful South Africa, has to organize his stay well and get away from European standards. The Job Market shows the entry requirements for South Africa consist sectors in which workers are wanted and what we need to consider when applying.

Approximately 885 million people live in Africa in 53 countries – most of them in Egypt, Nigeria and Ethiopia. On the third-largest continent in the world more than 3,000 different Bevölkerungsethnien and more than 2,000 languages are located.

South Africa is one of the most developed countries on the “black continent”. But even after the abolition of apartheid in South Africa in the early 1990s, there are many problems, which is partly due to the large gap between rich and poor.

The few well-kept residential areas and the prosperity of the middle and upper classes are barracks and poverty over the numerous shantytowns, the so-called “townships”. While the supply is largely ensured at least in the larger cities, primarily to reduced population in rural areas by poverty, disease and outbreaks of violence.

In addition, many South Africans are unemployed or poorly paid. The crime, brutality and corruption are high in South Africa, compared to Central Europe.Well off the development aid – but although the country recorded a high unemployment rate, well-trained (international) professionals are urgently needed.

Preparations prior to entry

German citizens who want to live and work in South Africa have to change fundamentally in many aspects of daily life.

Many areas are still far from European standards. Therefore advisable for potential emigrants definitely a passage to Chamber of Commerce and the South African Embassy in Berlin. – And the best long before the departure. Africa fans can get information about living and working conditions, using the desired region and important issues such as clear. Vaccinations, prevention, etc. Bureaucracy

Visa for their stay in South Africa

Work in South AfricaTourist visa

every German with a valid passport may enter for three months as a tourist in South Africa, without applying for a visa beforehand.

Upon entry, they must both submit to the South African officials, the ticket for the return flight as well as specify the purpose of their stay or prove (eg holidays. By hotel bill).

With the tourist visa but only the course for a vacation in South Africa are provided, are allowed to work German citizens at this time not.

If you feel no nostalgia for around 90 days, and also the financial cushion is not exhausted, an extension of stay at the “Department of Home Affairs’ request.

As long as you submit the form at least one month before the expiration of the current tourist visa, the chances of an extension are good, because usually an application is accepted up to two times. But beware: The South African authorities have not trifled with. Who exceeds stay unannounced, must reckon not only with a rich fined, but also with deportation.

“Permanent Residence Permit”

To longer than nine months to stay in South Africa and to be able to work there, is a permanent resident needed ( “Permanent Residence Permit”), issued by the immigration authorities on the spot.

When deciding to have a valid visa not only language skills, but also the benefits for the country and people play a major role. Here, in particular activities in development aid, the economy or in the medical field a good chance of success.

South African work permit

If you wish to operate into Africa, one needs additionally a special work permit ( “work permit”). To apply for an applicant either a fixed or at least a temporary employment of an African employers must prove.

Given the high rates of unemployment, while it is the primary objective of the South African government to bring out the indigenous population in payroll. But communicating with a valid work permit finding a job in South Africa generally receive nothing.

Tip: Potential emigrants should better look around already from Germany to matching job offers. The energy absorption in the “Cape of Good Hope” runs the easiest for foreign workers when they sent a German company or a European organization to South Africa.

The payment is usually good because there are often expatriation allowances.

Application in South Africa

Much runs in Africa, unlike in Germany, but at least in terms of job application provide African and German employers have similar requirements to the candidates.

“Cover letter” and “curriculum vitae”

The letter ( “cover letter”) should be explicitly aimed at the respective company and convince the addressee thereof, that the candidate is the right person for the job. From all-too self-promotion, however, is not recommended in Africa, therefore, should be the “cover letter” limited to a maximum of one page.

Tip: Instead of merely as a mere enumeration perform their own skills behind the other, the personal qualifications should be linked to concrete activities for example to part-time jobs, volunteering, etc..

While major gaps in the CV ( “curriculum vitae”) stand out negative even with an African chief who career should be clearly structured and follow the anti chronological principle – ie starting from the last employment.

Unlike the United States or Australia are still places in Africa to the application image value. An agreeable yet sophisticated radiance is a clear advantage in the selection process.

Job references and personal recommendations

A major hurdle for expatriates in particular represents the recognition of European vocational qualifications in South Africa – often do not recognize local employers to foreign accounts.

Nevertheless, the products including an English translation in the application should not be missed. A better impression than a comprehensive application portfolio convey however compelling personal references .

Such testimonials can give the selection the decisive factor whether the employer a candidate forpersonal meeting invites or not.

Heavy is the head that wears the crown: Applicants should select their Lobredner exactly and ask former professors or former employer about to insert on demand from companies in a good word for them – and in English.

Labor market in South Africa

Very good command of English, French, Afrikaans or other languages in South Africa, the A and O in order to survive in the labor market. In South Africa alone, there are eleven official languages officially recognized, including is fortunately also the German language.

In everyday life and especially in trade German emigrants therefore often hear the familiar sounds of their native language or meet people at least understand German.

This opens German applicants special job prospects because, inter alia in tourism, customer service and marketing or in sales are German language skills is a clear advantage.

South African work permitFor all the euphoria one must not overlook the fact that moves the official unemployment rate in South Africa at around 25 percent – but the actual unemployment is estimated to have more than public information.

The high number of unemployed difficult foreign applicants While job hunting, however long no reason to despair to: Even the South African labor market does not obstruct the right skilled professionals who want to move the country forward with their knowledge and skills.

In particular, engineers , computer scientists , physicians and nurses, teachers and scientists and craftsmen are urgently needed in South Africa and many other lander of Kontinets.

Vacancies are here like occupied by German experts, because they have a good reputation in Africa: German deemed hardworking, reliable and highly trained workforce. A good starting point for a new career in South Africa.

Special features in African work everyday

Despite the sometimes dramatic for us anmutenten living conditions Africans are cheerful and open by nature is, so it requires a “typical” Europeans in normal workday often some getting used to.

to outbid German citizen of punctuality, is notoriously difficult. But while the Africans usually prefer to arrive a little early than too late for business meetings, the clocks tick at leisure differently and more slowly. As a new visa-owners should therefore in Africa not be taken too personally when late colleagues at Feierabendbier to an hour or two.

Who striking out in the interview to welcome the traditional handshakes, should prepare themselves for a very vigorous handshake.

Africans are famous worldwide for their sportsmanship and unload their energies sometimes in a firm handshake. Therefore, a friendly nod in Africa is not perceived as rudeness.

Among colleagues, it is quite common to the “Braaien” invite, referring barbecue evenings on weekends.

In addition to the physical well-being is especially relaxing in the center of this recreational activity in which the Africans the serious business dress code to a more casual work outfit exchange (shorts, T-shirt, etc.). However, mainly men celebrate the Braaien – women meet separately from their husbands for Kaffeeklatsch.

Whimsical knowledge for aspiring African

  • “Houston we have a problem.” The landing site on the Banjul airport in Gambia served NASA for a long time as an emergency runway. Here should those space shuttles find a safe point of contact that were not in the vicinity of Cape Canaveral.
  • Butterflies are lovely winged creatures – but not in Africa. There is a great day Falter feels at home, which has so much poison in his body, that of several cats would lose their lives.
  • Thanks to the South Africans, our heart beats longer. The South African Dr Chris Barnard led in 1967 as the first surgeon a heart transplant by.
  • In parts of Africa termites are considered a delicacy – they are like roasted popcorn and then eaten.
  • The African lungfish survive for several years without water.
  • In Somalia it is better to drive no pranks with chewing gum. Here it is in fact strictly forbidden to stick up gum on his nose.

Watch video Informal Employment in South Africa


Work abroad: Australia

Working abroad: Australia

Tanned surfers (s), snorkelling expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef and kangaroos in Wildbahn.- for many Australia is a real dreamland.
Who does not only want to spend their vacation there, but intends to live longer in Australia and to work, should make advance familiar with the peculiarities of Australian working life.
We gives insights into the application process and working life in Down Under and a brief introduction to relevant Australian vocabulary.

Work and residence regulations in Australia

Without a visa, of course is nothing. Which visa is right depends on how long you want Work abroad: Australiato live and work in Australia. For a shorter stay of up to one year, the “Working Holiday Visa” offers, which is specifically aimed at young people between 18 and 30 years.

With this many go in a Work-and-Travel program to Australia.

Who wants to work for a longer period in Down Under, which can accomplish this in two ways: For a temporary appointment for some years there are “Employer Sponsored” visas for skilled professionals who come to the explicit wish of the company to Australia.

For a permanent residence you can not get around the immigration application. In registration process you will be rated on a point system. Points are here for training, professional qualifications, age and knowledge of English.

Application Process in Australia

Those who wish to apply in Australia for a job, should be aware of the differences from the classical German application process clear, if the application is to be a success.

Unlike this country Australian recruiters reject too extensive applications. Expected in Australia only a “cover letter” to German “letter”, and a CV – both of course in English, please.

In “Cover Letter” should be argued precisely with regard to the vacancy notice, why the best choice for the job and the company. The CV ( “curriculum vitae”) is listed anti chronologically: That is, the most recent events are listed first. In a passport photo can be dispensed with in Australia.

Another sticking point: One should resist the urge to praise their own diverse talents and extraordinary flexibility. In Australia one runs the risk of being classified as overqualified. Many Australian HR feared with multitalented namely premature leaving the company.

„I have references.“

Gladly seen (or heard) are in Australia testimonials or oral recommendations. In Australia therefore a detailed references in part CV is common. This contact information is listed by persons who know good news to report about the applicant and its operating arrangements, and with those of the HR manager in doubt can contact.

Keyword recommendations and contacts: Networking is at least as important as in Germany.Relationships are in Australia of great value.

It is therefore advantageous to be professional network in “Associations” (in German: unions) expand. These Associations are available for almost every professional field. The new “Mates” Upon potential boss optionally in a good word.

Working atmosphere in Australia

Many Australian companies a working time of 40 hours per week is common. In terms of overtime must be negotiated with the respective employer.

More work can be compensated for example, by a day off. But even if the working in Australia should even be slightly longer, making the Australian colleagues up for that with its relaxed nature and its “no worries” mentality.

Dealing with colleagues has little formal and after the “knock-off” (Feierabend) to get happy times together at a “Barbie” (barbecue) with “Amber fluid” (beer).

Comparatively have workers in Australia, although less holidays than we – common is an annual leave of 20 days. However, Australians also have a significantly higher recreation and quality of life.

“Do not live to work, work to live”, is the motto: It begins in the morning with the bike ride to work on, continue with lunch breaks jogging through to dip in after hours. With these prospects find that working (also called “Yakka” – comes vanishing small probability from German “plow” off) but equal to less difficult.

Words that should not be missing in the Australian (working) life

  • Amber Fluid – Bier
  • Barbie – Barbecue, Grillen
  • Cut Lunch – Sandwich, Bread roll
  • Knock-off – Feierabend
  • Middy – mittelgrosses Beer
  • Sickie – paid sick day
  • Smoko – coffee or smoking break
  • Stubby – Small Beer Bottle
  • Yakka – (heavy) work

Watch video How to find work in Australia


Working abroad: China

Working abroad: China

The People’s Republic of China is to Russia, Canada and the USA, the fourth largest country in area in the world. Within its borders, it gathers about 1.3 billion people – more than one-sixth of the world population.
At the same time it is one of the world’s strongest economic countries and offers on the labor market, many opportunities, especially for graduates. So why not look for jobs in China, enter the career in metropolises like Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong a new impetus and a new culture to get to know?
The Job Market clarifies what you need to consider looking for a job, at entry and at work in China.

Where work in China?

At the very beginning one imagines the question, in which sectors and areas to work in China and can apply its strengths and expertise. With a university degree and practical experience through vocational training, internships, part-time jobs, honorary positions etc. you will ideally have already gained in specific sectors and areas of practical experience, on the one set up in China and they can continue to expand.

In the job search, it is useful to consider large German companies that have a location Work in Chinain the Middle Kingdom: for example, Würth (fixing systems), Benteler (Automotive) or Jungheinrich (intralogistics & Engineering).

Also, the consumer goods manufacturer Beiersdorf allows its trainees in “Beyond Borders” trainee program  studying abroad in Shanghai.

The job offer here depends on many university graduates from technical or internationally oriented study programs. Here one comes through with excellent English.

If you want to apply (wireless service provider), for example, at major Chinese companies such as Sinopec (gas and oil companies), ICBC (Banking) or China Mobile, one has the Chinese language ( ” Mandarin master”). Otherwise, an application is almost hopeless.

Applications in China

Thus, the job search in China is successful, the need application documents agree. They are similar to German standards, in principle, however, are completely to write language in English (or, ideally, in Chinese). The application should include here (cover), cover letter, resume and (work) certificates.

Tips for cover letters

Always the direct address: ” Dear Mr / Mrs “, the title (if any) note the contact person: ” Dear Dr …“.

Motivation, skills, soft skills and previous work and training experiences convincingly and yet polite, modest language represent, above all, in flawless English / Chinese so that you leave a positive impression and his language skills proves.

Convey the end of the letter and the trustworthiness Opposite show respect him ” Thank you for considering thank” for the review of the documents and the letter with ” Respectfully yours ” or “Sincerely quit”.

Resume Tips

The curriculum is based on the European standards and includes a clear, uncluttered impression to personal information, training / further education, practical experience, special skills (such as languages, computer programs, etc.) and anything else (Extra-curricular activities, interests, hobbies).

Especially the language skills for foreign applicants are of particular importance. The basic requirement for successful work in China is perfect English, on the one resorts not only in the application letter, but later in the interview and in professional practice.

Plus points are collected when applying for a job in China, if one attaches a letter of recommendation from previous employers or one of his professors. They convey the Chinese contact trustworthiness and left a serious, respectful first impression.

Application process and job interview

In another application process arises, for example, telephone and job interviews whether one corresponds to the requirements of the company.

Since taking in China personal contacts and relations a high priority, you should be prepared for the question of which person who may have an attention to the company and the target point, with whom one has worked in the industry and what contacts you have ,

The interview may be conducted as individual or group conversation and provides in addition to the convincing application documents to the second important part on the way to employment in China represent.

Important in the interview: For HR managers in China is very important how the candidate acts as personality and how he thus fits into the relational and Corporate Profile.

Here you can run, which for a person the special connection with the enterprise, and must place a polite, respectful relationship with the company delegates the day. This is achieved for example by allowing always pronounce the interlocutor.

In China, the calling behavior is generally more reserved, so you should refrain from any offensive with questions and they prefer resets.

China is also not only the country’s center, but also the land of smiles. With an authentic, welcoming feel and a smile one makes in China for a pleasant atmosphere – not only in the interview. On extravagant gestures (especially with the hands) and facial expressions should be without one, since they are significantly less common in China than in Germany.

can welcome you his opposite example with a nod or a handshake. The rule is: If you meet more people, you should be welcomed as a sign of homage first the apparent oldest person.

Assessment Center personnel selection are in China, incidentally, still uncommon, but in the development, especially in international companies.

Content in China

The monthly income in China depends on the industry, company size and its own qualifications and the region.

It can not therefore be generalized. In cities like Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong, the salary is much higher than in smaller cities like Huaibei or Fuxin – but here the cost of living is also higher. Compared with the annual average wage in Germany (about 31,000 euros in the year 2013) is the annual salary in China with about 3,600 euros very significantly lower.

With higher academic level of education, however, the content increases. Bachelor graduates coming on average approximately 5,500 Euro, Master graduates earn around 9,000 euros candidates achieve on average an income of about 11,250 euros.

However, these averages are of limited significance. For he who as an experienced specialist working at a large German (or Western) Group in China, earned a rule significantly more.

The content usually is then on the “West-level” and will be substantially increased through foreign surcharges. A perennial activity in China makes up for a graduates not only in the life well, but is also paid high.

Entry, residence and work permit in China

If you have mastered the application process and the signed contract are present, there is still to do a lot in preparation for the working visit to China.

To be able at all to enter China, you need a visa. The work in China corresponding Z visa (= work visa) can be for example the VisaForChina  apply.

The also necessary work permit requests from employers and also created an invitation letter for foreign workers. If the stay in China includes more than six months, you must also take an HIV test and a health certificate  present (July 2014).

The quickest way from Germany to China

If you want to bypass a grueling and lengthy train and bus ride, the plane on the way to China is the most efficient means of transport.

For example, one can of Berlin, Dusseldorf, Munich or Frankfurt (usually without change) flying to China. See you here with a flight time of at least 9 to 10 hours faced, finally allowed to his familiar surroundings circa 7000 km behind.

Here one should note the danger of jet lag, as you go through four to eight time zones depending on the destination airport in China.

But to start a life on a new continent, in a different culture as well as in the home country of Great Wall and Forbidden City , which one might previously known only from postcards and television documentaries.

Important: After arriving in China you have to report within 48 hours at a local police station with his visa documents, because only then the visa is valid. After 48 Stunden otherwise threaten fines.

Special to live in China

Von wegen Euro: The currency in China is Renminbi and divided into Yuan, Jiao and Fen. 1 Yuan = 10 jiao = 100 fen. Circa 8.6 yuan is equal to one euro.

Instead of in Germany legally required 20 holidays per year there are only ten days in China.

Guidance Smartphone: In the most densely populated and complex structured cities of China, the smartphone in combination with a map service app is worth gold, not to lose in a new environment orientation.

Keyword smartphone and Internet use: The Chinese government has the Internet with the ” Great Firewall of China censors” to protect the population from harmful content. Blogger should be critical opinions extremely careful because since August 2013, the law against the proliferation of Internet rumors exist in which “offenders” prison sentences.

Social Media: Instead of Twitter’s Weibo announced as short message service, which is, however, held completely in Chinese.

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Those who want to work in China, should best be studied in advance on some blogs and websites different experience reports and gather impressions, for example , .

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