While there are numerous Shanghai / China job sites around, these are the few more reputable ones I would recommend, for reasons of database quality, ease of search and language options between Chinese and English:
(If anyone know of better ones, please let me know or post them in the comments sections. This might help some of our readers out there looking for a job in China)
Wang Li is the only executive agency in Shanghai I had prior contact with.
Some time back, I was approached by them for a senior position in a Fortune 100 US MNC in Southern China. My bio with them was one from 2 years ago, but they still managed to locate me. Subsequently, I cleared 5 rounds of interviews with the company, only to have them pull the plug due to a headcount freeze. No big deal I thought, cos I wasnt looking to move to the south anyway. Nonetheless, shortly after the recruiters in Wang Li knew about this, they came back to me with another prospective job and handled everything thoroughly.
Overall, I would say, throughout the entire arrangements, the Wang Li headhunters had been very responsive and professional. They gave some pretty useful tips and advices throughout the interview processes too.
And if you have to know, I didnt accept the other job due to the smaller scale level. Anyway, thats another matter altogether.
There is another category of that of readers as well that asked for tips on securing jobs in Shanghai. They want to relocate to Shanghai but at the same time, speak little / no Chinese and doesnt have considerable work experience.
For these readers, my advices are:
1) Dont give up, keep looking. I have seen many cases of people with no Chinese language skills or work experience find good jobs in Shanghai.
2) Present your value proposition to the hiring manager clearly during the interview. Tell him how your "foreign skills" can help the company.
3) You might want to start the job search with with MNCs, embassies and companies from your country of origin. Generally, chances are better.
4) Never underestimate the power of networking in China. Word of mouth recommendations from friends can go a long way.
Happy job hunting!
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