CEO of HBC
Can I work in Hong Kong again?
After layoff, I tried very hard to find job, it was GFC and as I work very special job I not find anything in Hong Kong. End up I go to Shenzhen and I do this thinking temporary. Its long time to travel daily from Hong Kong to work in PRC and no time with family as very tired daily. I still look for work in Hong Kong but no success. Now few years pass and still this arranging. My question is can I come back to HongKong market? Or only can work PRC?
Sidney Yuen - Career Doctor
Posted Tuesday 14th May 2013 12:07:00 AM
Dear Wing My simple answer to your question is YES, you can always come back to HK if you have a strong desire to do so. Without knowing too much of your background, I can only give you very general feedback. First of all, HK has a working population of approximately 4 million. The job market is still one of the best in the world despite that there is a big issue of mis matching of the workforce. I am outlining three strategies for you to get yourself hired: Get better in your communication skills - May that be your writing, presenting, and listening. First impression is a lasting impression; it is about how you show up; there is no excuse of not knowing the future employer's business, what challenges that they are facing, how you can convince them that you are their best choice. Irrespective of the position being applied for, the hiring company wants confident employees, and being confident means that you know your materials and are able to put this across in a professional manner. Be proactive and resilient - it means that if your goal is to work in HK, then you need to start planning for this as if you have already got the job, take accountability for your action. If you did not get the first one, learn from it and apply the learning to go on with the second one and so on. Colonel Sanders, the inventor of Kentucky Fried Chicken was turned down a few hundred times before someone said yes to his chicken recipe and he was over 65 years old at the time. Never give up on what you want. Network and be socially connected - I trust that you are on one or more of the social media applications, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Weibo etc... How are you doing? How often do you reach out and have a desire to get to know your contacts better? When was the last time you took someone out for lunch or drink and get to know him or her? Write down 20 names on a sheet of paper whom you should get closer and start building a stronger relationship. I recalled Robert White, one of the renowned masters in motivational training, once said, you always have a choice. And whatever happened to you, you caused it to happen. So take personal responsibility and start working to get yourself prepared to re-enter the employment market in Hong Kong.