How to find jobs in Vietnam as a foreigner
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6 Best Resources to Find Expat Jobs in Vietnam [2022]

As Vietnam’s economy becomes one of the fastest growing and largest in SE Asia, many travellers are finding opportunities to stay and work and expand their careers. In this post, we discuss where you can find jobs online in Vietnam, as well as some tips about Vietnam’s job-hunting culture.

As a foreigner, Vietnam is not necessarily easy to find work, but it is certainly much more doable than other Asian countries. For example, Vietnam is very different from from China, which bars foreigners from working normal jobs outside of ESL, spies on foreigners incessantly, and recently destroyed the private English-tutoring industry that was one of the only ways to live legally in China as a foreigner.

In contrast, Vietnam’s appetite for internationally-savvy talent is growing: ESL centres’ have massive student-waitlists; large aspiring Vietnamese brands like VinGroup are gobbling-up Western-trained technicians and researchers; international brands increasingly want a presence in Vietnam. However, outside these industries, you may need to be very creative to find and/or manufacturing your own job.

TIP: be sure to read our post about the Vietnamese working culture, from expectation of workers, typical salaries, taxes, and more.

VietnamWorks – Vietnam’s Best Online Job-Posting Website (in English)

VietnamWorks.com is Vietnam’s best job-posting website, for all industries and salary-ranges and geographic locations. Most of the foreigner-friendly jobs are in Ho Chi Minh City, followed by Hanoi and Da Nang.

There are quite a few English-speaking jobs. The website does a good job of explicitly declaring the language-requirements for each job, whether Vietnamese, English or Korean, etc. Likewise, the postings have comprehensive info about salary and benefits, leaving little ambiguity about the position, its location, its compensation, etc. Some jobs seem to be fake and/or used as a marketing ploy (“look how fast our business is growing — we’re hiring foreigners!”)

One good feature of VietnamWorks is that it allows you build an online resume and guide you through the Vietnamese expectations about CVs and cover-letters. Vietnamese resumes are not like resumes in the USA or Canada, so pay attention to the following differences…

Tips about Vietnamese Resumes and Cover Letters:

  • Including a photo is a must. You should get a nice traditional haircut and formal attire (e.g. suit and tie), and must not look like a boho-hippie globetrotter — unless you are in a super-creative field like acting. To get an edge, you should use beautifying filters to enhance your profile-photo, because 100% of Vietnamese competitors are doing exactly that.
  • Longer resumes are better. This is a 180-degree difference compared to the USA/Canada where anything beyond 1-page is pretentious, unless you’re a CEO.
  • Personal information is best. Your age, birth-date, your birth-location, your marital status — these would be considered discriminatory in the West if used for hiring decisions, but are sometimes very important to jobs in Vietnam. For example, someone’s age is inextricably bound to their authority and status in Vietnam.

Facebook Groups – The Hub for Expats Jobs in Vietnam

Facebook is super popular in Vietnam. And, unlike in the West, the Vietnamese use Facebook very effectively for a wider suite of economic pursuits beyond social chit-chat and baby-videos, such as jobs and business interactions.

Facebook groups in Vietnam to find jobs and apartment for expats
Facebook Groups in Hanoi to find jobs and housing for expats.

As a job-seeker, you should join multiple Vietnamese “Facebook Groups” in the city where you want to live. Facebook Groups are huge in Vietnam, and there are plenty of groups that are focused on expat-jobs, or are very expat-friendly (i.e. the posts are mostly in English). Most FB Groups are “private groups” that you need approval to join (so beef-up your Facebook profile prior to applying), while others operate like a Wild-West Craigslist, and some are copy-cats of copy-cats. Some are focused on Teaching ESL in Vietnam, while others mix job-postings with apartment-postings and more.

Here is a list of some of the larger Vietnamese Facebook Groups for expat looking for jobs in Vietnam:

Warning: beware posts by expats praising a Vietnamese person or service: unscrupulous/criminal posters will sometimes threaten expats to post nice reviews about their service with threats of “I will get you blacklisted from Vietnam! I have a family-member in the immigration department”.

The downside of Vietnamese FB Groups are if you are looking for jobs in other cities outside of Hanoi and HCMC, or have no specific location-preference: the Vietnamese expat FB Groups are almost always targeted at a specific large city, so you’ll need to find and join multiple FB groups across a variety of locations. If you want a list of big Vietnamese cities that may be hiring foreigners, check out our table on the salaries/taxes for all the major cities of Vietnam — the “Zone 1”-designated cities are more likely to have an expat-community sharing job information and a dedicated Facebook Group.

Dave’s ESL Cafe – Top Resource for ESL Jobs in Vietnam

Dave’s ESL Cafe is a relic of a website that has survived due to its usefulness. It has a lot of posts across Asia for young transient kids who want to teach English abroad. Reputable Vietnamese organizations like the RMIT use it for postings.

While it seems to not have a dedicated section for Vietnam, a clever use of the search function can surface plenty of Vietnamese ESL jobs: see here.

Obviously, the web-forum is not a proper feature-rich job-site like Indeed or VietnamWorks with a dedicated resume-builder and “Apply now” button. But, it will just have links to companies’ internal application portals.

LinkedIn – Follow Vietnamese Companies for Jobs

LinkedIn can be used for finding jobs in Vietnam for larger companies that actively maintain a sophisticated HR/marketing department. For example, large companies like Tiki.vn, VinGroup, Grab, RMIT, etc., have plenty of posts in English with detailed salary information.

You should also follow your own country’s major corporations that are expanding in Vietnam, like Citibank (USA), Proctor & Gamble (USA), Siemens (Germany), Arep (French), and even Pizza Hut (USA) — these companies are most-likely to have bilingual offices in Vietnam and be willing to hiring foreigners. We’ve personally worked in such offices and they are undoubtedly the best, funnest and most meaningful place to work in Vietnam as an expat.

To use LinkedIn for finding jobs in Vietnam, all you have to do is apply the appropriate country-filter.

LinkedIn is best for finding new-economy and digital-jobs in Vietnam, like engineering, machine learning and marketing. It is less useful for finding teaching and ESL jobs, although some do exist.

CareerLink.vn – Find Jobs in Vietnam

CareerLink.vn is a fine website for finding jobs in Vietnam – it has a slick interface and detailed job descriptions and features many of the top Vietnamese firms.

However, it also seems to be the dumping ground for temp agencies masquerading as legitimate job-postings. Also, it is more-suited to fluent Vietnamese-speakers, and has fewer jobs for foreigners. Nor do the postings explicitly state the jobs’ language requirements.

So, as an expat seeking jobs in Vietnam, it is good to keep your eye on CareerLink.vn, but only after exhausting other options first.

Temp Agencies in Vietnam for Foreigners

Employment agencies and temp agencies take a cut of workers’ salary and get an upfront finders fee for successful hires. Some agencies are merely a job-search website, while others act like a matching-service to find you the best-fitting employers and set-up interviews between you and their hiring-team.

For foreigners, there are a few employment agencies that especially cater to finding English/Korean-speaking talent for higher-level positions that require a degree of international-integration and where spoken-Vietnamese is not so important. Such agencies may also help with work-permits, making them a much better option for jobs with small and medium-sized enterprises that don’t have a lot of experience recruiting foreigners.

Here is a list of employment/temp agencies in Vietnam to apply to as a foreigner:

These temp agencies make the biggest commissions for executive-hires, so don’t be surprised if they won’t help you find a job as a teacher or barista.

Behance for Creatives

Do you make fancy treehouses, paint paintings, render 3D designs, or sell other artistic creations? Well, you should be featuring your work on Behance.com — the global marketplace for Creators to show-off their portfolio and find freelance work. Especially in Vietnam, Behance.com is well-known among Vietnamese creatives and is used extensively.

It is also like a digital resume for many artists. If you want to find creative work in Vietnam, you may find better traction by having a go-to Behance-profile that you can showcase to prospective employers.

As for finding actual freelance work in Vietnam via Behance.com — it is possible, but like any online creative work, the overwhelming majority of artists earn nothing, or a mere pittance, while the top 20% do most of the work.

Vietnamese State-Run Employment Centres

State-run job centres do exist in Vietnam, much like any country. And, like in Canada, these job-centres are little-more than a retirement-scheme for sleepy bureaucrats — don’t expect much in terms of life-changing help. They do help people who aren’t internet-savvy, and need a few tips on modern job-hunting via the internet. They also have the low-down on massive factory-employers, especially in rural areas.

However, if you are reading this blog now, and can navigate LinkedIn job-postings, consider yourself weaned from state-run job centres.

No “We’re Hiring Signs” in Vietnam

Finally, we want to highlight this cultural difference between Vietnam and the West: there are typically no “We’re hiring!” signs displayed in the physical windows of businesses in Vietnam. So, if that was your mode of job-hunting, as opposed to sifting through hundreds of fake online-posts, sorry to say this isn’t a thing.

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