Chinese CV Writing Guide

Work abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, work in China requires more than just the obvious Chinese cover letter and Chinese CV writing and translation - it requires thorough preparation. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you become interested in Chinese jobs.

Do not underestimate the influence they can have on your adventure! For instance, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.

Now in the middle of economic growth and reform, China has attracted many foreign-owned companies creating a shortage of middle-management executives and those who are multilingual.

In China, the term resume is used instead of CV. In short, the Chinese resume is a Chinese-style CV, which details the most recent job first and highlights the main aspects of your career. It is less structured, in a narrative style and more brief than a CV. It is also more subjective.

A CV is similar to a resume in that it provides more details about one’s professional qualifications, experience and education. However, the term "Curriculum Vitae" most often called CV, typically carries a different meaning depending on whether one distribute the CV within the US, Canada or internationally (external to the US or Canada) or is seeking a faculty, academic, research, clinical or scientific position.

You can turn your current resume into a CV. A CV is similar to a resume in that it outlines your professional qualifications and history, but it does so with more detail by adding to the resume the detailed descriptions of your educational and/or professional experiences and personal information that may include nationality, date of birth, marital status, etc.

If you are applying for international jobs, you may need to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) instead of a resume.

Prepare yourself - before writing your CV research the company you want to work for. Such information will help you to adapt your CV more effectively to each specific job and use proper examples illustrating your achievements.

Generally, prepare both a Chinese and English versions of your CV only if you are fluent in both languages. If you are submitting an English CV only, it is helpful to duplicate in Chinese your name, contact address and company names (if you already have some local work experience), unless you are certain that the recipient of your CV is an English speaker.

Type your Chinese CV on no more than two to three pages, depending on the length of your work experience. Usually CV is in reversed chronological order - detailing your most recent activities first.

The aim of your Chinese CV should be to persuade recruiters to invite you for a job interview. Therefore, your CV is a marketing tool, which should be customized to the market in which you intend to use it. Research the company thoroughly and tailor your CV to the job requirements.

Under "Personal Information" list your name, address with contact information, date and place of birth, gender, marital status and number of children. Often CVs are kept on file for long periods, so any contact details you give have to remain accurate in the long term. A daytime phone number, with the international access code and e-mail are most important.

Then using power words and action verbs briefly state your "Job Objective". In "Education," detail schools attended with the most recent first. Include names, locations, degrees and dates of attendance. Follow this with a "Specialized Training" listing extra courses, foreign language fluency skills with reference to the spoken and written levels and computer training.

The "Work Experience" section, should detail companies, they locations and focus, dates of employment and your job titles. Any gaps in work history should be explained. In some cases, the job seeker may include reasons for leaving a particular employer. Mention your responsibilities, starting with the most important and emphasize those related to the job you are seeking.

Making your CV more effective provide examples that fit the job, to illustrate your achievements. Use power words and action verbs to describe your achievements, such as organized, demonstrated, trained, managed, developed, coordinated etc. Bullet point these at the start of a sentence for maximum impact.

Applicants often list on CVs they interests in music, arts and spots. Include honors and awards if you have any.

Carefully consider what to leave out of your CV and exclude anything that might give prospective employers a chance to discriminate against you. Discrimination laws are not as stringent in China as they are elsewhere in the world. It is not uncommon for employers in China to ask for specifics like gender, age, your photo, ID card number, expected salary etc. Many multinational corporations operating in the region adopts the same type of hiring practices, so carefully consider what to leave out of your CV.

At the end, simply state: "References available on request." It is best to avoid putting references on your CV unless you have been specifically asked to provide them. Employers usually ask for references when they actually need them. This is strong indication that an employer is interested in you.

It is more common in China to apply for a job through the Internet. However, you should be aware that an electronic CV does not look the same as a printed one. Recruiters often scan CVs, so make your CV scannable by avoiding for example lines or italic fonts etc.

Always include a cover letter with your CV, but never attach any official documents, like diplomas or testimonials to your application.


Check the spelling and grammar of your Chinese CV. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your CV, send it to a professional for assistance.

art_remember Chinese CVRemember that your Chinese CV must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have a difficulty with your CV writing, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use

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We recommend that you send your CVs together with cover letters. If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing use:

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If your Chinese cover letter and Chinese CV are ready, distribute them through the job search services to your prospective employers. When your Chinese job search have been successful apply for a Chinese visa with Chinese work permit.

Start preparing for a Chinese job interview and use of Chinese dress code. Check the job interview tips do's and don'ts, and find out why people are not hired for available jobs.

In addition, on the international info, job search, visa, work permit, cover letter, CV & resume, job interview and dress code pages you will find many useful tips for overseas job seekers.

Good luck with your Chinese CV!

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