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This Young Entrepreneur is Helping Inexperienced Jobseekers Find Cool Opportunities in China

Hello! What's your background, and what are you working on?

Hi! Was born in HK, raised in Australia and moved to China at the age of 21. I started my company in the HR field 6 months after graduating from my Bachelors and moving to China. Has been a challenging but crazy 4 years!

Describe your idea/startup in less than 50 words

JingJobs is a recruitment consulting firm focused on helping startups build out their teams. We are also a free platform for inexperienced jobseekers looking for cool opportunities in China. We're based in Beijing and focus on opportunities mainly in BJ, SH, and GZ.

How did you get started with your business?

It started from a personal struggle of not really having a direction for my career after graduation. I moved to China, discovered the start up scene, and met a lot of young jobseekers much like myself who had the same problems of finding a professional purpose and choosing their next career move. JingJobs started off as a community and really simple job board to help connect people like myself to cool unique jobs out there that might not be the most obvious choice.

What did you do to attract users and grow your business?

Hustle! I believe opportunities are attached to people. In the first 12 months, I tried to meet and speak to as many people as I could just to get my idea and concept out there. A lot of my initial clients came from word of mouth.

What are your plans for the next 12 months?

To triple my team size from 10 to 30, increase my service offering and streamline systems.

Tell us about the challenges you have faced and what you have done to overcome this.

Finding a sustainable business model was one of the hardest challenges I had. I spent my first year learning about the industry and building up a strong community of job seekers, however turning that into a revenue stream and finding my niche was definitely something that took a while to figure out. It took me a while to learn that having a strong brand didn't necessarily mean having a strong business.

What's the one tool or resource you've found helpful?

Mentors! No mentor can be replaced by google or a self help book. Having several mentors in different industries can be so helpful during difficult times. They make you think about all the hard questions and prepare you for things you don't want to face or think about.

What's your advice for other women who are just starting out?

Don't give up and give it your all - stick through the bad times and approach each challenge one day and a time.

What is your morning routine?

Definitely not a morning person! Morning routine consists of me trying to get as much coffee in me as I can while checking emails and replying to messages.

My favorite quote is

"I can and I will. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity to grow.​"

Describe yourself in 3 words

Driven, stubborn, restless.

Where can we go to learn more?

About Samantha Kwok

Sam is the founder of JingJobs - a platform that connects bilingual jobseekers with cool opportunities within China focused start ups. She is also a spin instructor at GUCYCLE and part of the founding team of the Beijing Women's Network.

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