At 9:00a.m. on April 21, the Foreign Job Fair began at the China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel. According to the organizer, Guangzhou Foreign Experts Bureau, over 800 job seekers participated in the fair that lasted until 4:00p.m..
Interviewees in the Job Fair
Teaching and editorial positions occupied over a half of the vacancies. Universities, colleges, kindergartens and language training centers asked for a number of qualified native speaking applicants with a master’s degree or TESOL certificates. Academic Recruiter Nayeli Vivanco, from English First (EF) Shanghai, said the company will help new comers complete all the training courses and obtain the appropriate certificate before becoming a teacher. The Guangzhou-based South China University of Technology recruits English teachers for sociology and communication. The school has launched a Sino-American College (SAC) offering a 2+2 year undergraduate program in Hospitality and Tourism, Management and Public Administration. The monthly salary for the 12-hour working teaching position is RMB 4,600, comparatively lower than that in the kindergartens and language centers. Mr. Yu from the SAC explained the school provides a better academic platform for individuals and an allowance for a round-trip international airfare and free apartment.
Nayeli Vivanco, from English First (EF) Shanghai
Central media from Beijing, such as CCTV (China Central Television) English Channel and CRI (Central Radio International), also joined the job fair. Not only English natives but other language speakers are needed in CRI’s vacancies. CRI has exhibited in Beijing and Shanghai’s Foreigners Job Fairs previously. In Beijing they met about 200 applicants and found about 60 qualified. They admitted that Guangzhou has no more qualified talents to satisfy the requirements. CCTV mainly focused on the copy editors and anchors. However, their requirements were mainly targeting veterans with at least five years of relevant working experience and a media education background, meaning many left disappointed.
The Job Fair is held in the Crystal Ballroom
The job fair also provided some marketing or technique positions in state-owned or multi-national companies. Guangzhou Shipyard International Company and Electric Power Research Institute preferred overseas study Chinese rather than foreign staff. But some foreign job seekers looked for part-time writing jobs to make more income. The organizer said, teaching positions are still in huge demand in China. A more and more formal market had been formed to make sure high quality foreigners were recruited. Additionally, more skilled job seekers from Southeast Asian countries come to China to live and work. They are in want of the better income and safer living environment here.
(By Jessie Huang, Richard Glauert, photos by Jessie)