Friday, February 7, 2014

China Foreign Teachers Union Now Offers Free Job Placement Service

Okay fellow expat teachers, we are tired of warning everyone about shady agents and by now you probably learned the hard anyway.  So our new board of directors looked at 129 suggestions received from our members across China and thanks to Heather in Shen Zhen we have agreed to offer a free job placement service on a trial basis in Beijing and if all goes well we will expand it to our Shanghai branch based on feedback. Again, we emphasize that like all the other services we provide, this new service is also free, so nobody will be taking a cut of your paycheck. In case you don't yet know why we need to do this in China you can visit this link for a crash course:

Here is how the program is set up to work and it is limited based on the fact that we only have 19 regular volunteers in Beijing helping us out and most of them have to deal with complaint issues so three of them will be assign to this new project.
We will send you a one page template which will also act as your cover-letter and when we receive your template back, we will send it with your resume directly to 10 Principals in Beijing based on the category you indicate you prefer to work as follows:

1) Kindergarten 
2) Primary School
3) High School
4) University
5) After School Tutoring
6) Business English
8) AP

We will not do anything more than make this introduction. If the school likes what they see it will be up to them to contact you for an interview.  We will not accept any payment from you nor the school for this service. We will not send your resume to any school that is blacklisted or not licensed to do business in China, or who is not authorized to hire foreign teachers (only about 60% of the privates schools are properly licensed.
Once this the school has contacted you negotiate your own contract and leave us out of the hiring process. We do not have the time nor staff to become your translator, lawyer, or negotiator. You must however tell us when you get hired since we will continue to send out your resume every 15 days for 90 days. After 90 days your file will be deleted whether you get hired, return to your homeland, or decide teaching is not for you any more.

Suggestions And A Request: If you participate in this program please do not embarrass us and be sure that you:

A)  Show up on time for your interview and dress professionally
B)  Read the website of the employer BEFORE the interview
C)  Take copies of your passport, current visa, and diploma
D)  Be prepared to hive a 30 minute demo class if asked
E)  Do not lie on your resume - it will always surface
F)  Dress to impress -  very professionally
G)  Read this link about contract clauses: 
      China Contracts - CAUTION!

DO NOT SEND US COPIES OF YOUR PASSPORT NOR VISA - WE DON'T WANT NOR NEED THEM.  SEND US ONLY THE COMPLETED TEMPLATE  AND CURRENT  RESUME  IN  MS WORD FORMAT.  Then please be patient it may take our volunteers 2-3 days to match your preferences and send out your resume.  At present we have 612 schools in Beijing that have offered cooperation. We hope to expand this to 1,000 by the end of August.  Do not call or email us for "updates" or "follow-ups". Once we send the school your resume, we will not contact them again. We will not send your resume to the same school more than once every 45 days. If you want to participate, you can request a template by sending an email to:

If you are an expat foreign teacher working in China you are welcome to request and use our other free services which you can request by email to the below email address. Here is what we provide you free of charge:

*  Free Scam Alerts By Email
*  Free China Job Interview Tips
*  Free Copy Of Current China Health Alerts
*  Free Copy Of China Labor Laws In English
*  Free Copy Of Our Expat Annual Salary Review
*  Free Copy Of Our Annual Report & Teacher Survey
*  Free Copy Of The Most Current Visa Laws Of China
Free Cross Cultural Training Seminar Held Quarterly
*  Free Language Exchange Partner To Learn Chinese For Free
*  Free Participation In Our Social and Networking Events And Day Trips
*  Free Access To China School & Agent Blacklist & Whitelist (Click Below Link)

Remember that you only get one chance to make a good first impression.  Interviews in China are a bit different than back home so you need to prepare yourself accordingly or you may be shocked at some of the questions you will be asked. If you want some tips how to pass your interview send us an email to

Be advised that the CFTU is a non-profit volunteer organization established in 2010 and we neither sell  nor promote, nor recommend any company, product, service, religion nor political cause other than a clean and healthy environment for all of us. We don't offer nor provide legal advice other than what is posted on our web sites. From time to time we get smeared on the internet by people we have either exposed in the past or by a recruiter who perceives us as a disclosure threat. Our membership is free but limited to only expat teachers who are currently working in China. No we are not a legal registered "union" per se, but we adopted this name as it most closely represents what we do. We do have a good working relationship with the ministries of Education, Foreign Affairs, SAFEA, and the PSB but we do not under any circumstances share nor disclose any of our members by name, telephone, nor email. Any information you every provide us will bever be sold nor shared with any third parties unless you ask us to do so. All of our files are stored with 256 bit AES encryption. Please be wary of all internet job ads that offer full time positions that pay less than 10,000 yuan per month unless they are universities. The reason is explained  here: and If you do decide to use an agent, we highly recommend that you demand that they complete every blank on the below form to protect yourself from abuse and exploitation.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

China Foreign Teachers Now Monitored By SAFEA And Blacklisted For More Reasons in 2014

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We reported in 2012 and 2013 that we obtained a Chinea teacher blacklist kept and used by School principles in Beijing and Shanghai.  Shortly thereafter we discovered that SAFEA was publishing a list at this link:

Originally there were 259 teachers blacklisted on the SAFEA web site and after three months of discussion, we managed to get all but nine of the teachers removed.

However, in 2014 they will no longer publish the list so we will not know who nor how many teachers are on it (unless someone leaks us a copy as happened before). But we were also told there are now 9 reasons a teacher will be blacklisted whereas before there were only 7 ways to end up on the list. So pay attention and avoid these problem areas if you want to remain as a teacher in China and be able to renew your visa Z visa and FEC...










Yes we agree, that last one is a bit vague and we were unable to get any clarification but we will keep trying.  The big difference in 2014 is that if you get listed by SAFEA your visa will not be renewed when you go to apply - even from outside the country!  Further a 1-3 year reentry ban may be placed on you at the discretion of the PSB.

As you can see, they are getting fed up of flaky teachers who jump ship in the middle of a contract.  So before you sign a contract, be damn sure you plan to finish it as you may get yourself politely booted out of the country.  As onerous as this new policy appears, we can understand WHY they have resorted to these measures.  So, don't say you were not warned.

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