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The China Flexpat podcast interviews professionals in China to help people from all over the world find the best jobs in China.We uncover myths and show the truth about challenges and opportunities when looking for a life in the Middle Kingdom.Flexpats are like expats, but flexible. Highly interested in China's business world, culture, people and language but without the backing of a multinational company that provides large salary packages.We want to show you how you can become a well paid and happy China flexpat with the right skills and mindset.

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The China Flexpat podcast interviews professionals in China to help people from all over the world find the best jobs in China.We uncover myths and show the truth about challenges and opportunities when looking for a life in the Middle Kingdom.Flexpats are like expats, but flexible. Highly interested in China's business world, culture, people and language but without the backing of a multinational company that provides large salary packages.We want to show you how you can become a well paid and happy China flexpat with the right skills and mindset.

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China Flexpat

Latest release on Jan 20, 2021

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Get solid work experience - move to China to study more - then build your own company!

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Nadezhda is originally from Kazakhstan, studied in London and has moved to Hangzhou three years ago. After obtaining her Chinese master's degree, she has decided to start her own marketing agency in China, called "SanQ". Now she uses her extensive work experience from her time at the world's leading cosmetics brand to create the best social media and branding solutions for businesses in China. In this episode she shares how she has decided to take the brave step to start her own business in the midst of the current pandemic and how this career path might suit you, too.
This is what you'll learn:

Deciding between a corporate job and entrepreneurship
What it takes to succeed in marketing in China
Why starting a business during a pandemic is not as hard as you think
Proper networking through community building and volunteering
How to obtain a residence permit that allows you to start a business

Connect with Nadezhda on LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nadezhda-bukina/

Jan 20 2021

12mins

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Rank #2: How to work in Chinese e-commerce going global with Simon de Raadt

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During his 10 year stay in China Simon has become an expert on cross-border trade and logistics from and to China. Although E-commerce has been booming for years there are still many online sellers struggling with their sourcing and shipping out of China. Simon is making a difference and creates a seamless and transparent supply chain to empower online sellers. In this episode he shares his personal advice to newcomers in this field and provides an outlook for flexpat opportunities in Chinese e-commerce going global.

This is what you'll learn:

  • Do’s and Don’ts while communicating with Chinese customers 
  • What e-commerce jobs are done by foreigners?
  • How long it takes to make your business profitable in China
  • Europe vs. China - better place to start a business?
  • Leading cities for a career in e-commerce
  • Outlook for flexpat jobs in e-commerce in Asia

Connect with Simon on LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-de-raadt-西蒙)-56b0048/

Jan 14 2021

25mins

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Rank #3: Easier for flexpats? International BD and sales with Sascha Rensen

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Sascha Rensen is originally from Germany and has started his career in China as a teacher at a university in Nanchang. After some time in the country he has successfully transitioned into a business developer for a Chinese construction company and is now based in Wuxi. In this episode he explains what it means to be a foreign sales guy or business developer in China and how that helps the organisation you work for.
This is what you'll learn:

Working with Chinese colleagues
Identifying your strengths and using them
Properly dealing with compliance issues
Networking and relationship building
How he interviews and hires Chinese and foreigners 

Connect with Sascha on LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sascha-rensen-b30261170/

Jan 08 2021

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Rank #4: Interview preparation and self-positioning for flexpat jobs in China with Noriko Takagi

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Noriko Takagi has conducted 5,000 interviews and placed 300 executives in East Asia. Her long work experience across three continents allowed her to neutrally work in international and multi-cultural environments and adapt to change quickly. In this episode she shares practical advice on how to properly prepare for job interviews in general and also provides hints on how you can differentiate from expats or local talent to get the job you want: with flexibility, speed and focus!
This is what you'll learn:

How to position yourself in China
How to prepare for a flexpat job interview
Nervousness & questions during interviews
How to land the job and get hired
Why Japanese companies let their expats study Chinese
Advantages of hiring flexpats in international teams

Connect with Noriko on LinkedIn:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/noriko-takagi-b679996/

Jan 03 2021

22mins

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Rank #5: Mastering Chinese social media marketing with Arnaud Frattini

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Arnaud is originally from France and has been working in China for 5 years. He started his career in Chinese social media marketing very early and has experienced both the social aspects of working in Chinese teams but also the professional aspect of designing localised marketing campaigns across many popular social media platforms. In this episode he shares his insights on how foreigners can succeed in this tricky market with the right skills and attitude: Creativity, Critical Thinking & Hard Work.

This is what you'll learn:

  • How to learn social media marketing
  • Must know trends in Chinese social media
  • Beside the obvious WeChat - what else is important?
  • Working in Chinese teams: How to behave?
  • Designing marketing campaigns across cultures
  • Necessary skills to compete with local talent

Connect with Arnaud on LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/arnaud-frattini-china-marketing-socialmedia/

Dec 19 2020

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Rank #6: Working in leading Chinese industries like mobile devices, IoT and blockchain with Karl J. Weaver

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Karl J. Weaver is a US citizen and has worked in numerous flexpat roles in Taiwan and Mainland China since 1985. As a bilingual (English & Mandarin) public speaker he shares his first hand experience of leading the charge of mobile payment development in China in the past 3 decades. We found Karl to be an unlimited source of advice when it comes to China's leading technology industries such as mobile devices, internet of things and blockchain. Take a pen and note Karl's advice on how to land a job in these lucrative industries during this 20 minute episode.

This is what you'll learn:

  • Essential communication and language skills
  • Building leverage to increase your salary
  • How to identify a matching Chinese company
  • Working remotely for a Chinese company?
  • Building trust to land your dream job
  • The advantages of a global job
  • Opportunities in mobile technology, IoT and blockchain

Connect with Karl on LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/karljweaver/

Dec 11 2020

22mins

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Rank #7: Making it easier for Chinese companies to hire you with Leonardo Marra

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Leonardo is originally from Italy and has worked in the UK and China for many years, mostly in international sales, across several industries. In this episode he shares his personal experience of working in a Chinese work environment and what challenges and perks you can expect when coming to the Middle Kingdom. As the host of the International Business Podcast, he has developed a clear sense of what international business people need to learn before taking off to new adventures abroad.

This is what you'll learn in 20 minutes:

  • What it’s like working for a Chinese boss
  • Working with Chinese colleagues
  • Essential skills you need to work in sales
  • Why you should learn Chinese early in your career
  • Is a career in China still worth it?

Listen to Leo's podcast here:

 https://internationalbusiness.buzzsprout.com

Connect with Leo on LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/leonardo-marra26/

Dec 05 2020

18mins

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Rank #8: Recruiting and career advice from nearly 30 years in China with Jim Nelson

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Jim Nelson has been active in China since 1991.  In his past activities he led an electronics factory, an investment management company and has started a microfinance loan operation. Today, his company, SHI Group China recruits trustworthy talent for western companies active in China. His goal is to find the best candidates with character, skills and leadership ability.

In this episode he shares his vast experience gained through nearly 30 years in China.

This is what you'll learn:

  • The 1,000 year old Chinese advice about hiring that is still valid today
  • What is character recruiting?
  • The importance of background checks
  • The one profession that will make you last in China
  • How to nail a job interview 

Connect with Jim on LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimnelsonchina/

Dec 02 2020

20mins

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Rank #9: Building a China career from scratch with David von Schwerin

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David von Schwerin is originally from Austria and has been living in China for 15 years. He holds a rare Chinese green card, is married, has kids and has built his career in logistics in China from scratch. In this episode he shares his rich experience collected building his successful flexpat life.

This is what you'll learn:

  • How an internship in China influences your career
  • Losing your feeling of entitlement
  • How to increase your value on the job market over time
  • Major differences of the service industry in China
  • The value of speaking Chinese

Connect with David on LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-von-schwerin-12087b/

Nov 28 2020

12mins

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Rank #10: Must-know advice for international students & graduates looking for jobs in China

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Irina is originally from Russia and has been living in China for the past 6 years. Beside her work, she is volunteering at BeHive Shanghai, where she meets countless international students, young professionals and hiring companies. In this episode she shares clear and detailed advice on how to effectively apply for jobs nowadays in China. Especially for all students who did not graduate from a top university of the world, this episode contains advice on how to stand out and pave the way for your early career.

This is what you'll learn in 20 minutes:

  • The best ways to apply for jobs as student or young professional
  • Job hunt on career fairs in China
  • How to use networking events effectively 
  • What companies post jobs in WeChat groups
  • Requirement: Top university degree or your own projects?
  • Chinese or English?
  • The best first step for international students!

Connect with Irina on LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/igoncharova/

Nov 22 2020

19mins

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