Published on March 3rd, 2011 | by Paz7
How to quit a job & find a job in 10 days in China
At the end of the day I am happy to write about how to accomplish quiting a job and finding a job in 10 days in China, however in the middle of all of it I have to say I was not so happy. Please keep in mind that all of this was done with two kids under five, which as you can imagine brings in a extra level of complexity. So lets discuss why to quit and then how to find a new job on the ground of China when you don’t speak Chinese. This is good.
Why quit? I decided to quit my job (really before even starting) due to many inconsistencies. I am looking to teach, not be a babysitter or to work for a company that can’t keep things straight one day to the next. When you are looking to teach English Abroad there are many schools that are not legitimate and take advantage of both the teachers and the parents that are paying you to teach their kids. Even though we had been in discussion with our employer for almost 4 months and did many Google searches and reference checks things still did not go smoothly.
1. Inadequate housing. (if you are single this may not be as important for you) We received very poor housing and it was not safe for kids. (broken glass & tiles, a kitchen that didn’t work) They knew we had two kids under 5 with us. We refused to stay in the apartment and went to The Holiday Inn. After 29 hours of traveling a nice bed and shower was what we all needed.
2. Inconsistencies in information once you arrive. Once we were in China our start date changed, the location of teaching facilities changed, and work schedule changed. My one week training turned into 15 minutes. These were red flags as to how the next 10 months were going to be. I can be flexible, but when there is no reason to falsify information why do it? Everyday things became more sketchy.
Roughly 32 hours after landing I didn’t want to deal with these people any longer. That was a sign that we needed to quit. We now found ourselves homeless and jobless.
We were in China after making a million life changes to make this year happen, do we pack things up and call it quits? I won’t lie and say that we didn’t have that conversation a few times. After deciding NOT to take the job we found ourselves without an apartment and without a job in China with two kids. Since we were in China we needed to at least have one day of sight seeing. So we went out and explored Guangzhou. We saw a few temples and ate some amazing food. This made us realize that we couldn’t leave, we could make this work.
We needed a job. Everything will fall into place, it had to.
1. Find a job.
We needed a job, not only for income but for our visa as well.
I modified my resume to show that we were currently in Guangzhou and sent it out to everyone that had made offers to me previously. Before deciding on this one school I had roughly 10 offers throughout China for jobs. A few of them got back to me and they had already filled their positions. I had declined their offers so they had filled the positions with other teachers.
I started from the beginning all over again. Since I had gone through the steps of applying before I knew what to do, but I won’t say that it wasn’t frustrating having to do it again. So I looked on all of the forums, www.eslcafe.com, www.ef.com , www.expat-blogs.com, and used google to find other ESL teaching jobs in Guangzhou. I sent out roughly 10 e-mails with my information. Send them everything that they need in your first e-mail (resume, cover letter, degree, and passport) this will speed up the process. If you don’t send it they will just reply that they need it before proceeding.
Within 12 hours I had 3 interviews set up. One was not in Guangzhou, so we declined that interview. I needed to perform a demo of my skills. This included a 20 minute lesson for kids 4-7 years old. Not bad, but one more thing to add to our to do list. I spent the morning doing that and then off to my interview. The school was in a beautiful building and everything is brand new. The interview went wonderful and they offered me the job. I was scheduled to come back in 3 days to sign the contract and negotiate salary.
Although we had an offer I still kept sending out my resume and received another 3 interviews that I later was able to cancel. We wanted to have as many offers on the table so that we could pick and choose, anything could happen.
I signed the contract and was able to get a 32% pay increase over my previous job. Once you are in China, the schools are willing to offer you more money.
I am working in a brand new facility that uses interactive whiteboards and all the students age 6 and older get i-pads to use as part of their interactive curriculum. Zeek and the grandma’s met my new bosses and they have been great to work with so far. We are now working on getting our work visas and resident permits. I start next week.
Our ability to be flexible was stretched to the max and our patience was tested. We kept our heads up and are very grateful for all the lessons we learned and our new place of employment.