How can I find a job that works for a foreigner in China?

Updated on : December 8, 2021 by Myra Martinez



How can I find a job that works for a foreigner in China?

A large number of foreign English teachers are needed.

This can be a difficult question to answer.

Working illegally in China as a foreigner is quite common. I spent several years in China from 2010 to the present and have seen a lot.

White Monkey Jobs: The thing about white monkey jobs (exactly what this question asks about) can be done by anyone who looks like a foreigner, regardless of skills. (White Monkey jobs are basically a silly, high-paying job that you can get in China only if you look white, just the qualification you need.)

Often teachers who are legally teaching pick up these kinds of jobs on top of that because they pay well.


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This can be a difficult question to answer.

Working illegally in China as a foreigner is quite common. I spent several years in China from 2010 to the present and have seen a lot.

White Monkey Jobs: The thing about white monkey jobs (exactly what this question asks about) can be done by anyone who looks like a foreigner, regardless of skills. (White Monkey jobs are basically a silly, high-paying job that you can get in China only if you look white, just the qualification you need.)

Often teachers who are legally teaching pick up these kinds of jobs on top of that because they pay well.


When I was in China, companies contacted me just to attend their board meeting. They paid me for a few hours, they pretended I was a high-level executive and they were just pretty and they seemed important. Easily earn hundreds of dollars an hour. Because I was there, they would do big business and win million dollar contracts where they couldn't do it without a white jumpsuit.

And if he wanted to earn more money, he had to shake hands and say a few words in Chinese to seal the deal. All of this was before I established my own business. But it opened up a lot of connections, networking, and paid me to buy a huge amount of property in China.

Companies in China that are trying to land big contracts try to appear global. What is the best way? To make it look like it's established in countries outside of China.

Using foreigners is something that many Chinese companies do. There are even people I know who would perform in front of 50 to 500 people (none who spoke English). The presentation would be 100% said in English, it would be nonsense that had nothing to do with why everyone was there. And the company would suddenly get dozens of investors from the pool of people just because the presentation was done in English. Even if the investment they were trying to make was in solar power, and the whole presentation was in log cabin construction. It didn't matter, nobody understood, they just wanted to see a white monkey.

This is the same for pubs, restaurants, bars. If a foreigner is doing karaoke there in English, it attracts a lot of customers to stay. The quality of the singer does not matter. Just sing a green day song or an usher, or whatever's hot on the charts.

All these White Monkey jobs pay well. When you travel to China, it is always better to earn more money.

Teaching legally doesn't make as much money as illegal white monkey work. You can earn in 1 to 5 days doing a white monkey job which is the same as a month's salary teaching. Most of the teachers I know do both.

This is one of my photos from when I was in Yiwu, China on business. During this time, I was taking a lot of jobs and buying tons of property and inventory / wholesale products, all paid for by others who hired me to be a white monkey. They would even take me places, pay for costumes, hotels, food for the duration of the 'concert'.

Mind you, I was also doing my own business affairs, so most of what I did was completely legal. Except maybe driving. The police always stopped me for driving illegally, just put them on and move on, I hope they don't find you again the next day to get another payday. Haha.

Damien Defranco


Original question: Why are there so many foreigners working illegally in China?

If you work directly in a public school (full time), I know that in Shanghai you have to show that you have at least 2 years of teaching experience. Yesterday I had to prove this to the board of education and sign contracts.

When I first came to teach abroad I made the BIG mistake of using a service called CIEE. These online companies match you with a school or agency that then pimp you to various public schools. Essentially, you end up going through two intermediaries and end up earning <$ 10 / hr instead of a $ 32 + / hr individual tutoring fee (in Shanghai).

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If you work directly in a public school (full time), I know that in Shanghai you have to show that you have at least 2 years of teaching experience. Yesterday I had to prove this to the board of education and sign contracts.

When I first came to teach abroad I made the BIG mistake of using a service called CIEE. These online companies match you with a school or agency that then pimp you to various public schools. Essentially, you end up going through two intermediaries and end up earning <$ 10 / hr instead of a $ 32 + / hr individual tutoring fee (in Shanghai).

You need a bachelor's degree and a TEFL if this is your first time coming, but you will have to bite the bullet and work through a company that sponsors your work VISA.

As Alfred W Croucher also mentioned, there is a HUGE prejudice against non-native speakers and I would go so far as to say women as well (in certain circumstances that I have been in, i.e. business English related job offers where women friends of mine were rejected because they preferred a man).

Teaching English in China has been labeled a "white-faced" job.

I think it is relatively difficult compared to Shanghai, Beijing or Hong Kong, but it is still possible. My best tips:

  1. Jobs in China for Expats - The site is called Lao Wai Careers. These are mostly teaching jobs, but there are some part-time, flexible, and full-time teaching and tutoring jobs. If you don't mind teaching to begin with, go for it. Usually you just need a university degree and be from a country whose mother tongue is English. You don't have to teach forever, but it helps you get started somewhere, because ...
  2. Join local Wechat groups - Again, mostly teaching jobs, but official Wechat account
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I think it is relatively difficult compared to Shanghai, Beijing or Hong Kong, but it is still possible. My best tips:

  1. Jobs in China for Expats - The site is called Lao Wai Careers. These are mostly teaching jobs, but there are some part-time, flexible, and full-time teaching and tutoring jobs. If you don't mind teaching to begin with, go for it. Usually you just need a university degree and be from a country whose mother tongue is English. You don't have to teach forever, but it helps you get started somewhere, because ...
  2. Join local Wechat groups - Again, mostly teaching jobs, but official Wechat accounts targeting foreigners often post jobs on a daily or weekly basis. ShenzhenParty and VIVISHENZHEN are two such groups.
  3. Change your LinkedIn city to Shenzhen - This will help recruiters find you for local jobs in Shenzhen. Several multinational companies approached me (although I am not looking for work). You can also search LinkedIn for job openings in Shenzhen. It's easier to get the job if you already live in SZ, so it's a bit of a chicken and egg problem, but hey, SZ is cheap.
  4. Network Like Crazy - My friends who have the best Chinese company jobs got these jobs only after years of living in China and deciding that THIS is exactly what they want to do, and then ruthlessly pursuing it.
  5. Alumni Groups Can Help - Depending on the university or business school you attended, you may have an alumni group in Shenzhen or Hong Kong. Go to meetings and events; meet the locals.
  6. Grind It - When in doubt, grind it! Create your own opportunities. You can work for your overseas based company and be in Shenzhen 90% of the year (for an American company, you technically have to be in the states for 4 weeks a year). A 10-year business visa will keep everything running smoothly for you, as long as you keep it all on top.

Good luck!

Most foreigners in China teach English. I have met English teachers from different countries. You may be considering this. If you are not teaching, you can proceed to the Visa process

You can find jobs at private after-school language centers, business English centers, universities, and public schools.

You can use http://DavesESLcafe.com to find a job. You can also use a recruitment service like GoldStarEnglish, it is free because you get paid for your recruitment.

To get hired, you will want to obtain a TEFL degree online. It can cost between $ 100 and $ 300. Use a TEFL training r

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Most foreigners in China teach English. I have met English teachers from different countries. You may be considering this. If you are not teaching, you can proceed to the Visa process

You can find jobs at private after-school language centers, business English centers, universities, and public schools.

You can use http://DavesESLcafe.com to find a job. You can also use a recruitment service like GoldStarEnglish, it is free because you get paid for your recruitment.

To get hired, you will want to obtain a TEFL degree online. It can cost anywhere from $ 100 to $ 300. Use a TEFL training review website to help you make the best decision for you. I recommend fast and cheap, 120 hours of training. Read the job requirements and make sure you get a TEFL certificate with enough hours to meet the need.

You can read that white foreigners from the US take precedence. While this is true, most long-term high-level TEFL teachers are often in areas less apt to do and may not be white. So don't let anyone persuade you of your decisions.

Once you get your certificate, start applying for jobs online. You will have interviews on Skype. Do not sign the first offer. Take your time. Only work for a company that is capable of hiring a foreigner. They must offer flight reimbursement or a higher than average salary. Research the company as much as possible.

After your decision to hire you, a contract will be emailed to you. You may need to physically mail your university diploma and TEFL certificate to them so that the Chinese government can validate them. They will make copies and send the permit to obtain a work visa. Then visit a nearby Chinese embassy or mail them the permit and passport. They will return your passport with the work visa inside.

Now, buy your plane ticket to China. Upon arrival, have copies and originals of all the documents involved. Show them the address of the apartment where you will live (if provided) and the address of your employer.

Remember, Google applications will not work upon arrival. If you have Android, most of your phone will not work. Plan accordingly, consider changing the operating system or switching to non-Google apps. Find someone in China with a VPN that works. I can usually get one for free, but you should know which ones are good. Most payments for using VPN don't work. I spent a few hundred dollars making that mistake.

It depends on how you define what is "good" for you. While some seek high income and quality of life, others seek a meaningful and rewarding experience.

For me, being an English teacher in 2008 was an ideal choice because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. Live and work in an exciting country for a year (and stay if you really like it). Not to mention, China offers fantastic teaching salaries, various benefits, and numerous location options (this helps make it one of the most ideal teaching destinations in the world).

As for the career, the role is actually a great step for the development of the career.

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It depends on how you define what is "good" for you. While some seek high income and quality of life, others seek a meaningful and rewarding experience.

For me, being an English teacher in 2008 was an ideal choice because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. Live and work in an exciting country for a year (and stay if you really like it). Not to mention, China offers fantastic teaching salaries, various benefits, and numerous location options (this helps make it one of the most ideal teaching destinations in the world).

As for the career, the role is actually a great step for professional development, especially teaching in China is considered a great advantage. This is because teaching ESL in this different culture allows you to be proactive, flexible, culture conscious, and ambitious. Demonstrates your ability to adapt and overcome cultural challenges.

Another valuable thing (that I have experienced) is that you can connect through many international social media groups here in China. The community of foreigners in China is the largest and most diverse of all Asian countries, which is extremely helpful for your future career if you can take advantage of them properly.

These are the two cents from my own perspective for the last 10 years. Hope you can find a good job in China that gives you passion!

Good question, long before I start answering it, can I upload one too ... "I'm new to xxx, but I can barely speak your language ... no need to mention, I'm very good at my mother tongue, what can I get a job there? "
Do you want to be in China for a long time? Either it's just some kind of erection or "orgasm" (sorry to be blunt, but I'm trying to make it more vivid hehe).

a) "stamp collecting" in the short term. You don't need to learn a lot of Chinese, just basic greetings will help make you popular with children. Because the children? Because nowadays the standard of China skyrocketed a lot, they will prefer someone who can speak Ch

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Good question, long before I start answering it, can I upload one too ... "I'm new to xxx, but I can barely speak your language ... no need to mention, I'm very good at my mother tongue, what can I get a job there? "
Do you want to be in China for a long time? Either it's just some kind of erection or "orgasm" (sorry to be blunt, but I'm trying to make it more vivid hehe).

a) "stamp collecting" in the short term. You don't need to learn a lot of Chinese, just basic greetings will help make you popular with children. Because the children? Because nowadays the standard of China has skyrocketed, they will prefer someone who can speak Chinese or someone who has obtained a master's degree. Linguistics experts will also be given priority. Actually, I don't know how good your English is, and I regret being a bitch, mastering the mother tongue, and being able to teach others not even, not even close to, if you get my point, a little harsh, heh, me. I know :(. The good thing is that paying for babysitting in kindergarten won't let you down, I mean it's enough to cover your expenses and leave something for travel. Damn ... it's time to go to work, I'll try to edit this later,

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For a long-term job search, I would recommend the international trade and logistics area. It will work great if you know your country's customs, import and export rules and regulations. Given the passive development of the world economy, China also faces its own ebbs and flows in finance. The good news, as some Westerners argued, is that we are not trading the economy without macro-control from the government, resulting in a remarkably stable environment for China's imports and exports. I have met many of my old colleagues, they were first in China working as an English tutor in some training schools, meanwhile they are trying to learn some Chinese, hang out with the locals and meet someone new therefore

Anyway, welcome to China. You know that Ching Chong can act like wild animals and most of us are less cultivated, we have a smooth yellow face and short legs, but we don't bite, you will probably survive;)

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While you may not prefer this answer, I suggest that you wait until you have moved to Shanghai. Most expat jobs are not widely advertised, they tend to be covered through internal promotion or local networks.

In my opinion, a much better option for you is to move to Shanghai first. Get the various business networking groups involved there (AmCham and others). Meet people, tell them what you do, what kind of job you are looking for, etc.

As you do so, use your free time to learn Chinese. Because the fact is that there are more and more Chinese who can d

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While you may not prefer this answer, I suggest that you wait until you have moved to Shanghai. Most expat jobs are not widely advertised, they tend to be covered through internal promotion or local networks.

In my opinion, a much better option for you is to move to Shanghai first. Get the various business networking groups involved there (AmCham and others). Meet people, tell them what you do, what kind of job you are looking for, etc.

As you do so, use your free time to learn Chinese. Because the fact is that there are more and more Chinese who can do the same as you, who speak English well and whose salaries will be lower than what you expect to be paid. Gone are the days when “I'm an English-speaking foreigner” is enough to get a job here; Today, the job market is much more competitive. Which means that you must demonstrate all the advantages that you can. Not being able to speak Chinese is quite a barrier in this regard.

There are jobs out there. And there is always the possibility that instead of finding a job for someone else, you will find other like-minded people in Shanghai and start your own company (personally, that's the direction it would take in your situation).

I strongly suggest that you look for a job in a foreign company then send you to China to work. Why? The payment tends to be much higher (because your home country fees will still be paid to you). You will tend to get a higher quality, free home than if you were a teacher. You'll get assistants, babysitters, and many other benefits to help make your life here easier.

If you come here to find a job, you lose all that leverage. There are many English teaching jobs, as well as jobs in entertainment and acting. For the past seven years, my salary could not keep up with the rising cost of living. South

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I strongly suggest that you look for a job in a foreign company then send you to China to work. Why? The payment tends to be much higher (because your home country fees will still be paid to you). You will tend to get a higher quality, free home than if you were a teacher. You'll get assistants, babysitters, and many other benefits to help make your life here easier.

If you come here to find a job, you lose all that leverage. There are many English teaching jobs, as well as jobs in entertainment and acting. For the past seven years, my salary could not keep up with the rising cost of living. Sure, I could still live a respectable lifestyle, but compared to my Chinese counterparts, my salary progress was abysmal. (Instead, I started my own company)

Speaking Chinese is not mandatory, but it will make your life here much more comfortable and allow you to expand your social circle beyond your immediate co-workers and other expats. If you plan to stay here for more than a year, I advise you to take the time and study Chinese as much as possible. Study and then practice with everyone you meet. Before you leave, earn an HSK 6 grade so that you have, at the very least, acquired a tangible skill and grade that will come in handy when you return home.

One of the best ways, in my opinion, is to become an English teacher.

Anyone who learns to teach in China can earn money, meet international friends, and have a unique insight into this fascinating country. English teachers are far from sufficient compared to the demand: Chinese are learning English to better integrate with the rest of the world. People whose mother tongue is English are increasingly being used in places like China to help meet this demand. Upon completing a bachelor's degree in any field, earning a TELF certificate, and (ideally but unnecessarily) earning

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One of the best ways, in my opinion, is to become an English teacher.

Anyone who learns to teach in China can earn money, meet international friends, and have a unique insight into this fascinating country. English teachers are far from sufficient compared to the demand: Chinese are learning English to better integrate with the rest of the world. People whose mother tongue is English are increasingly being used in places like China to help meet this demand. By completing a bachelor's degree in any field, earning a TELF certificate, and (ideally but unnecessarily) gaining two years of teaching experience, you can easily become an English teacher in China and earn a decent salary.

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