Every foreigner will consider a lot of things before coming to teach in China. However, quite a few foreigners are not very clear about how some things work in China. Here are some suggestions for those who want to find English teaching jobs in China.
First, before you come to teach in China, even before you start looking for a teaching job in China, you should arrange everything well in your country, like resigning from your current company, selling house or car, having enough money to fly to China, ready to pay for your visa documents including medical check and non-criminal background check or even the cost of getting your degree to be authenticated by the Chinese Embassy. Schools in China usually don’t prepay for foreign teachers’ flight to China, though a few schools might do that for some reason, which is rarely seen.
Secondly, finding a reliable agent or school is very important.
Check if it’s an agent that is only responsible for recommending teachers to schools, rather than manage foreign teachers and arrange work visas for them. Most agents that manage everything will get paid by the deduction from your monthly salary. Figure out about this before taking an interview with a school or an agent.
Thirdly, always remember to request the release documents from your previous employer when you leave a school in China. This is especially important when you are going to continue working in China as a foreign teacher. If you have all the necessary release documents, your future employer will be able to transfer your visa, so you don’t have to get a new work visa from zero. That saves both time and money. Some schools will require the release documents even when they get a new work visa for you. Here are the sample release documents required to transfer z visa.