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Patrick Kim

Patrick Kim is an editor at TutorMing. He has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from UCSB, and has worked in China for 3 years. His hobbies are soccer, being outdoors, and studying Chinese.

Recent Posts

How to Write a Chinese Resume

Patrick Kim | November 19, 2016

If you are looking for a job in China, having a Mandarin version of your resume (简历 jiǎnlì) will increase the chances your resume will be read all the way through. Cover letters (求职信 qiúzhí xìn) are less common in China, so a resume might be your only opportunity to target your human resources specialists and headhunters, who may come across you through a keyword search or by skimming a stack of resume copies. A Chinese resume can be up to two pages long and contain as many as six different sections if you have enough relevant information. Information should be clearly demarcated by either text boxes, or bold horizontal lines separating sections, and labels, headers, and subheaders. Even if your Chinese is at the beginner level, adjusting your resume to Chinese formatting standards brings you one step closer to an interview.

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How to Find a Job in China

Patrick Kim | November 05, 2016

China has no shortage of jobs opportunities for foreigners, but the best opportunities aren't always forthcoming via a conventional job search. Part of the reason the job search in China is more complicated is that while "guanxi," (关系 guānxì) or relationships, are a fundamental part of the business culture, it takes time to develop such connections. While you should never give up on building guanxi, diversifying your job search will give you the best options for employment. Fortunately, many Chinese companies, especially tech companies, are looking outside their networks to fill positions requiring foreign expertise. Your future employer might be trying to find you through network referrals, job fairs, or by keyword searching for your niche skillset, possibly on a job site you haven’t heard of yet. 

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What is 关系 "Guanxi"?

Patrick Kim | September 22, 2016

“Guanxi”(关系 guānxì) cannot be directly translated as "connections" or "networking" because of its deeper implications in the Chinese business world, as well as in Chinese society as a whole. While "guanxi" is an ancient and complex aspect of Chinese society that makes doing business in China seem intimidating, forming "guanxi" relations can be as simple as spending the time to get to know your business partners on a personal level. Having good "guanxi" is essential to doing long-term, profitable business or having a good career in ChinaIn consideration of the importance of "guanxi" to business relations, let's look at six key aspects of "guanxi" that will help you understand how to intuitively feel your way through relations in China. 

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China Eyes A Solar Future

Patrick Kim | September 16, 2016

The Chinese government has invested much more than any other country in solar, making its top solar companies the dominant players in the market. Although China is also the world’s worst carbon polluter, last year it became the world’s biggest solar power consumer and producer, surpassing Germany’s 38.4 gigawatts by generating 43.2 gigawatts of solar capacity (one gigawatt can power 300-700 thousand homes). Those 43 gigawatts accounted for a quarter of global solar capacity, and China is continuing to expand its renewable energy infrastructure at blistering pace. While it remains to be seen if it can be done efficiently, Chinese government officials have set their sights on an international network of Chinese renewable energy infrastructure, which would eventually generate enough power to literally run the world. 

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Five Chinese Tech Companies and their Global Equivalents

Patrick Kim | August 11, 2016

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The success of China’s technology companies is one of the most exciting and promising aspects of the country’s economic rise. While many accusations have been leveled at Chinese tech giants for copying other companies' technology, these companies are now pushing the limits of innovation and our understanding of how technology fits into daily life. Setting aside doubts about imitation, we can readily identify the five most dynamic tech companies —Baidu,-- Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Xiaomi, and Lenovo—and to understand their roles in China's economy, let's compare them to their international equivalents:

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What It's Like To Work In A Chinese Company

Patrick Kim | July 30, 2016

China is a developing economy with abundant economic opportunity for foreigners that come with an open mind to new cultural experiences. Working in China for three years taught me that while learning Chinese opens up lots of job options, paying attention to the culture was equally important in making the most of China's work opportunities. Chinese cultural aspects such as saving face and relationships (关系 Guānxì) are a great deal more subtle than the rules of professionalism in the West, so it is difficult to say exactly what actions you should take in the workplace apart from a willingness to absorb the culture and patience when it comes to getting results. However, if you are able to understand the Chinese cultural perspective and communicate accordingly, China can be a place where anything is possible for your business ideas.

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