Month: February 2014

Most Interesting Job of The Week

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By Joshua Dent

Life After Sticky Ball
Life After Sticky Ball

Most Interesting Taiwan Job of The Week!

We all need hope that there is LIFE AFTER STICKY BALL!

An interesting analysis about the first job to make the job of the week cut.

The ad was actually removed from Craigslist as I was writing the article. It is still useful to know what opportunities are out there.

It was for a client relations specialist for Resume Companion LLC, in the Da An district in Taipei.

Pros:

  1. Three weeks of paid vacation– Most buxibans would pretty much murder you before you get a few weeks of paid vacation.
  2. Company Lunches– Free grub! Enough said.
  3. 3.       No Saturdays and No Evenings- Working on Saturday is a fact of life in “The Taiwan.” It SUCKS!!
  4. 4.      Useful Skills to Learn- Resume writing, SEO optimization, and Social Media Marketing are all great skills to learn.

 

Cons:

1.“If accepted for the position, you must pass the CPRW exam prior to your start date.”  I am leery of anybody who wants me to do work for them before I even start. Why is that not a part of paid training?

2.  “ Being a client success advocate.”– This line reeks of you better come ready to slurp down the “Company Kool-Aid.”

3.  “Compensation 0-99,000 NTD-” It makes me think it is a commission only position

4.   “Don’t apply if you are not 110% dedicated to your career.”-  I would be cautious that this means round the clock unpaid mandatory overtime.

                

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Facebook Groups About Living in Taiwan

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By Joshua Dent

Thanks so much for following these lists of information. Here is another list of groups generously lumped into one category “Living in Taiwan Stuff.”

Taiwan Travelers- https://www.facebook.com/groups/282795421812482/  A great place to find a travel buddy, share stories, etc.

Langveler= Language + Traveler- https://www.facebook.com/groups/524620774283509/  A new group formed with the aim of sharing different languages, and traveling.

Taipei Potluck- https://www.facebook.com/groups/taipeipotluck – This is a one stop shop for all of the info you need about the monthly potluck at Da’An park. The potluck is 6 years old now. It was even featured in Lonely Planet magazine.

Guanxi Mag – https://www.facebook.com/groups/206686419350784/  general info about life in Taichung

Taipei Buy Sell Trade- https://www.facebook.com/groups/taipeibuyselltrade/ – 9788 members doing exactly what it says, buying, selling, and trading stuff in Taiwan.

Foreign Expats in Taouyuan- https://www.facebook.com/groups/135075213352793/  Group has been slow to get off the ground. It has about 50-75 members. But, there hasn’t really been any organized activities.

Taiwanease- https://www.facebook.com/groups/taiwaneasians/ This group is pretty well done for getting more information than just promotional interests.

Foreigners in Taiwan- https://www.facebook.com/groups/29399609213/ This group has a wide range of info including blog posts, tips on writing Chinese, and many upcoming events.

Drinks in Taipei- https://www.facebook.com/groups/341081145979282/ A large group with a mission of having a  1) tight knit group of friends, 2) happy hours, 3) weekend trips out of Taipei, and 4) and meeting people from different walks of life abroad.

I hope this helps!

Facebook Groups about Food in Taiwan

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By Joshua Dent

Eating is one of the favorite things for many people to do in Taiwan. Here is a list of some Facebook groups revolving around eating in Taiwan.

Food Stuff

Delicious Taipei- https://www.facebook.com/groups/privatedining/ – This group has breakdowns on restaurants, grocery store shopping, and some fun recipes for cooking at home.

Taipei Eat & Drink Club- https://www.facebook.com/groups/426178777444168/ – This is mostly just restaurant advertisements.

Oh no I can’t eat gluten in Taipei- https://www.facebook.com/groups/169820153218103/ – A great spot to find about non-gluten alternatives.

Facebook Groups Related to Writing, Blogging, and Film-Making in Taiwan

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Don’t let writing be lonely. Share the joy with others.

Taiwan Facebook groups and pages cover  almost every area of interest. The next analysis is on the writing/arts-related groups.

Taiwan Travel Blogs- //www.facebook.com/groups/1384957995088757/ They do a good job keeping it well-organized. It is only one “post of the day,” and it must revolve around traveling. This is more a FB page than group.

Taiwan Comedy Writers- https://www.facebook.com/groups/328055547222234/ Taiwan comedy writers, talking comedy, and upcoming shows. This is also a good spot to connect with people if you are interested in performing in a show.

Taiwan Blogs- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1414585738765230 Bloggers come here to post their blogs and comment and share on others work. An opportunity definitely exists here to all help one another grow each other’s blogs.

Taiwan Writers- https://www.facebook.com/groups/taiwanwriters/ A place for people to promote books, blogs, and some occasional sharing or critiquing of work.

Facebook Center Taipei- Non-profit https://www.facebook.com/TheCenterTaipei  Non-profit group catering towards the needs of foreigners. It’s always a good idea for writers to be around non-profit groups. They always have plenty of worthwhile causes to write about.

Formosan Bloggers- https://www.facebook.com/groups/415017728611273/ Very small group of Taiwan bloggers. Only a handful of posts so far.

Taiwan Filmmakers- https://www.facebook.com/twfilmgroup This is a very active group. Most of the posts are in Chinese. But, they seem to be revolving around a wide variety of industry-related information.

Attention! Did I miss a facebook group for writers that you are aware of? Please drop a comment with the name of the group, the link, and any additional info you know about the group. I will be glad to add it.

Hiking and Other Sports-Related Facebook Groups in Taiwan

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This is a short list of sport-related Facebook groups I am aware of in “The Taiwan.”

Don’t sit your lazy ass in bed, and get ACTIVE!

Hiking Stuff/Outdoor Activity/Yoga-Meditation/ Sports

Taiwan Adventure Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/293037870801884/  This is an excellent group of friendly and adventurous people organizing day hikes, and even some overnight trips. They hold events almost every weekend.

523 Mountainerering Association- https://www.facebook.com/groups/523MountaineeringAssociation/  This is one of the more active groups I have seen. Guided and free trips occurring on a regular basis.

Taiwan Adventures- https://www.facebook.com/groups/TaiwanAdventures/  I personally shy away from this group. I know they offer great service on some overnight hikes. But, the prices always seem a bit high.

Hiking and Riding in Taipei –https://www.facebook.com/groups/44517786437/ This is a great place to join well-organized hiking and biking trips. The only problem is it seems to go long periods of time without any advertised activities.

Taiwan Camping- https://www.facebook.com/taiwancamping This page houses some basic English and Chinese pictures about places to camp in Taiwan.

Taiwan Mixed Martial Arts https://www.facebook.com/groups/408377755864499/  So, you have been in Taiwan and don’t want to worry about some grizzly no-teethed mafia SOB stomping you outside a KTV. Here is your chance to educate yourself on MMA.

Southern Taiwan Ultimate Frisbee- https://www.facebook.com/groups/kaohsiungultimatefrisbee/ This is a group of people getting together to play ultimate frisbee in the Kaoushiung area.

Kampa Meditation Center- http://www.meetup.com/Kadampa-Meditation-Centre-Taiwan/  They seem to be having weekly Wednesday night meetups in Taipei.  I have no personal experience with the group.

Street Workout Taiwan- https://www.facebook.com/StreetworkoutTaiwan This site’s info is in Chinese despite the English name. However, the pictures look like it  gets a group of people together to workout at parks, and other outdoor venues.

Silat Combative Group- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Silat-Combatives-Group-Silat-Taiwan The group is run by an English speaking native. They offer MMA training. Again, my info is limited due to lack of personal experience.

Once again, these events and groups are normally run out of the kindness of somebody’s heart. Nobody is doing this to make substantial profits, if any at all. I am not PERFECT by any means. I have made some of these mistakes myself.

Here are some basic DO’s and DONT’S

DO show up on time! Shit happens for sure. But, do take every necessary precaution to make sure you get there on time. And, at least call if you are late.

DO ask before inviting friends. This depends on the group leader preference for that day.

DO bring proper attire. Some guy you never met is going to look at you extremely funny if you show up to a hike including sections of rope-climbing in a pair of flip flops.

DON’T say you are coming to an event unless you are a definite. These events normally have a maximum. You are taking somebody’s spot if you say you are coming and you aren’t even sure.

DON’T forget to respect your own fitness level. If you are going to an event that looks difficult for you, contact the event leader for their thoughts and suggestions regarding your desired event.

Assistance needed- I am certain I am missing  a ton of groups. Please comment with the name, link, and short description of the group if you are aware of one. Also, please either share or like if you think this might be able to help out somebody you know.This is for hiking/sports/outdoor/ yoga-meditation/ stuff.

List of Facebook Job-Seeker Groups And ESL Information in Taiwan

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By Joshua Dent

“Facebook job-seeker groups” are becoming an excellent way to get that next job. The groups are all extremely easy to join and usually run by genuinely friendly and caring people.

Fear no longer if whiny kids, re-inventing sticky ball for the 783rd time, and never-ending unpaid lesson planning has got you singing “The Taiwan” blues.

One of these groups is sure to help you land a better quality of life.

Jobs in Taiwan Stuff

Working in Taiwan- https://www.facebook.com/groups/314956505317716/ With 3980 members, you can find anything from job postings, to people selling random stuff. It’s not necessarily a solely dedicated to finding work group. But, the sheer quantity of people should give you a chance to connect with someone.

Reach to Teach- https://www.facebook.com/ReachToTeach– This is a recruiting agency with an outstanding reputation. In my opinion, they are more useful if you are looking to secure a job before you actually arrive in Taiwan.

Need a sub or Want to Sub in Taiwan- https://www.facebook.com/groups/7582330765/-  We all know subbing is the best paid gig out there. You walk in the class, play your best games, and you get to leave the kids for good after they only see your best material. Let the little suckers think you are just “that good” every day before they get a chance too see you when you are beating your head off the desk 5 minutes before class scrambling for one more game.  This is also a guilt-free way to bail on your job for the day.

Taiwan English Teacher Job Openingshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/TaiwanTeachingJobs/-  The 3 page advertisements on www.tealit.com from the big schools like American Eagle, Hess, Shane, and Kid Castle can be a bit nauseating.  They tell miraculous tales of 16 year old kids skipping into your 3 hour Saturday night class bringing you chocolates, fruits, and  unlimited hugs for your daily dose of pleasure. We all know it is more than a stretch of the truth.

This is my personal favorite group for jobs. That is because a large majority of these jobs are other teachers posting for their employers. That tells you right away that the chances of the school actually giving a shit about you, and its students are greatly increased.

Xpats Living and Teaching in Taiwan- https://www.facebook.com/groups/taiwanxpats/  This group offers information from 2866 expats living and teaching in Taiwan, lots of info about things to do, a little bit about jobs, and good for people thinking about coming here.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EnglishProfiESL/ ESL teachers from all over the world. You can find a few useful posts to scrape together some info for your ESL class.

Orseek Jobs- https://www.facebook.com/orseekjobs – With teaching salaries generally staying at the same rate of pay for over a decade, any “knuckle-head” with intentions of staying in Taiwan for more than one year will probably face the “What am I doing with my life?” crisis sooner or later. Not to worry, orseek  gives you hope at the end of the whiny children for something more “adult-like” if that’s what you want.

Taipei Craigslist- http://taipei.craigslist.com.tw/- Don’t forget that Craigslist has more than just a “casual encounters” section. They also have an employment section with random jobs that often pop up. I have seen editing, tutoring jobs, copy editor jobs, and lots of extremely cool shit that you never would know is out there.

Common Sense Warnings!

1. Don’t be a douche, and think “Oh man, this group about living and working in Taiwan would be the perfect place for shameless self-promotion.  The group admins do this all on a volunteer basis. They don’t need to be having to scold grown adults about being appropriate.

I am certain that your blog post about going to the night market and trying delicious foods for the first time is amazingly insightful. This combined with a killer  recap of when you smelled stinky tofu is certainly priceless.  I also have no doubts that your E-book about becoming fluent in Chinese in 45 days or your $2.99 back is fantastic. However, there is a time and a place for that information.

2. Abuse is not tolerated!- Trust me on one thing. Nothing bothers me more than seeing a post from some school that you know is complete shit. And, you see some poor guy in America eating up the bullshit sauce he is being fed by the recruiter. If you have ever worked at a terrible school, you wish you could jump through the screen of your laptop and strangle the little lying recruiter. But, you still have to be professional. They still have a right to advertise on the site. Send a PM to somebody if you feel the need to get them information to help with any decisions.

3. It is a JOB group-  Did you get wasted on Friday night and get a picture of  yourself motor-boating the chunky English chick with the biggest boobs you have seen since being in Asia? That is absolutely fantastic and I would give you a big high-five. Before you make that your profile picture for so long you have forgotten it is there, don’t forget that this is a new world of limited privacy. Now, you are having potential employers looking right at that “head on boob” shot when you tell your epic-sized lies about how professional you are.

Missing Groups

Did I miss one? Remember, this post is only about “job-related stuff.” I am compiling a list of sports related, general life in Taiwan ones,  food related, and writing related groups.

If you are aware of a “JOB-RELATED” Facebook  group, please list a link, and a small description of the group in the comments.  I will keep updating this list.

My only request is DON”T LIE!!! If you run a group that hasn’t posted a job since June, I don’t want to see “The number one job source in Taiwan.”

Just tell the truth, and let us know things are going slow for now.