How to get a Great Job in Vietnam

April 14th 2018

Getting a Great Job in Vietnam

With a booming, increasingly open, economy, Vietnam is a great place to live and work. But how do you go about getting started?

You’ll need somewhere to live of course, and you can check out our top tips for finding your perfect place in Ho Chi Minh City. The next step is to find a job. The tips below should help you to find something quickly and efficiently.

What sort of work is available?


Opportunities can be found in a variety of industries, from small tech start-ups to big global corporations, to English teaching jobs in both public and private schools.

For those with language skills, there are businesses looking Korean, Japanese and Mandarin speakers. Native English speakers are highly prized by the Vietnamese school system and there are nearly always jobs going in schools and language centers right around the country.

What are the requirements for working in Vietnam?

Those looking to relocate should check the visa requirements at an embassy in their home country before applying for a longer-term visa, this will give you enough time to look for work in Vietnam.

To take a job you will need a work permit. These can be applied for once you are in Vietnam. Most employers will sort this out for you and help to guide you through the application process.

Finding a job


If you are looking for an English teaching job it’s definitely worth getting a qualification in advance, for example, a TEFL, TESOL or CELTA. With a recognized English teaching qualification, you’ll be eligible for more jobs and a higher wage. Some qualifications can even be completed online. Once you’ve got your qualification you can use websites like vietnamteachingjobs.com to browse available vacancies.

For other jobs, it’s worth checking out job vacancy websites such as Vietnam works, and also try to attend some of the networking events that are regularly held in Ho Chi Minh City. You can keep active on social media, such as LinkedIn, to further improve your chances of finding a suitable job.

Setting up a business

For those looking to start up their own business in Vietnam, it’s important to do your research. You’ll need a business visa, and a company license in order to legally operate in Vietnam.

Those considering this option should consult with a law firm to ensure that they are complying with Vietnamese law, as well as to help with the application process when setting up your business for tax purposes and a company license.