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Published on Saturday, 01 Nov 2014

Students and graduates converged at the Classified Post Career Forum on October 17 to get a glimpse of what it takes to get a head start in various industries.

The forum, held at Langham Place Hotel in Mong Kok, brought together over 50 top Hong Kong employers with more than 4,000 job openings. Their representatives were there to meet and talk to prospective job applicants - including students, fresh graduates and other young people new to the workforce - and to receive on-the-spot job applications.

Participating companies came from various industries, including accounting, aviation, banking, engineering, insurance, information technology, property, and telecommunications.

The forum kicked off with the CEO Sharing Conference, during which top-level speakers shared their insights on how young talent could map out their career paths in their respective industries.

The speakers came from multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate Siemens, leading local broadband service provider Hong Kong Broadband Network, and multinational beverages group Pernod Ricard Asia Travel Retail.

Jobseekers eager for some one-on-one time with top executives targeted the Shadow a CEO Programme, which offers the opportunity to spend three days learning from one of four senior managers from among the forum's participating companies.

Applicants for the programme attended the forum looking to impress in their first interview with recruitment firm Kelly Services Hong Kong, in the hope of being selected for a second interview in November. The programme will kick off in late November.

The rest of the day was divided into two streams of sharing sessions: the Leadership Forum and Talent Talks. The former featured industry-related career trends, which were shared by speakers from various professional bodies: the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resources Management, and the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers.

The Talent Talks gave the audience a chance to interact with senior managers in charge of hiring from Bank of East Asia, Hang Lung Properties and Hong Kong Airlines on specific management trainee programmes.

Veteran HR expert Professor Anna Tsui, who teaches at Chinese University, also shared tips on interview skills based on the varied feedback she has received from employers over the years.

Visitors to the forum also received CV consultation services from Kelly Services. They each received a 10-minute, one-on-one consultation session to work on their résumé, and get advice on their job-interview skills.

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