Did you know that despite the recent slow-down in the Chinese economy, many employers in the Middle Kingdom continue to build their talent pipelines in anticipation of an eventual uptick? With new products and advancing technologies emerging every day in China, companies there are clamoring for talent and are looking beyond their own walls for workforce solutions – especially from native Chinese (aka Chinese Returnees) who studied abroad and are now considering returning home for work.
I recently represented Northeastern at the inaugural Global University Career Development Conference in Beijing & Shanghai organized by LockinChina, one of the first organizations in Asia to provide a comprehensive, on-line platform for both students and employers seeking to make mutual hiring connections. Students leverage LockinChina services as a strategic way to identify Chinese companies that are hiring; employers utilize the platform as a direct pipeline into their target recruiting audience.
The conference was designed to provide U.S. and global career services professionals insight into the Chinese recruiting process and employment landscape, while also sharing strategies around encouraging Chinese students to consider their home country as a viable employment location. Some key take-aways from the conference that pertain to Chinese Returnees (NU students & alums) include: it’s critical that you understand the hiring landscape before you apply for positions; familiarize yourself with the Chinese recruiting cycle so you don’t miss hiring opportunities; understand how Chinese employers conduct interviews; and be prepared to readjust to Chinese workplace culture. Northeastern’s Career Development office can help students & alumni prepare for their Chinese job search in many of these areas.
The conference also provided an opportunity to connect with 4 Major Chinese employers: DiDi, Decathlon, BOE, and Beijing Foreign Studies University. Each employer recognizes the importance of broadening their talent development strategiesand are eager to connect with Chinese Returnees and other international graduates, especially those from United States. DiDi – China’s version of Uber – is significantly growing their workforce and is actively seeking Chinese graduates abroad to fill positions designed for engineers, computer scientists, data analysts, and marketing professionals, to name a few.
So if you’re considering returning home to China to start or advance your career, be aware that the race for talent is on, the competition is fierce, but companies want you! You are encouraged to connect with Northeastern’s Career Development Team to help you in all of your career search needs, so don’t hesitate to set up an appointment soon. Also, for additional information on the Chinese hiring landscape, check out resources like LockinChina as well.