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Career Forum Oct 2016: Aim high with Classified Post

Published on Thursday, 06 Oct 2016

Taking that first step into the wide world of work can be a daunting process for many students and young graduates, with the options for where – and when – to start their careers more numerous and varied than ever before.

For forward-thinking jobseekers searching for more information and greater clarity on the different paths that are available – and indeed the chance to meet directly with the organisations that could springboard them to professional success – the Classified Post Career Forum is once again the ideal place to visit.

Taking place at the InnoCentre in Kowloon Tong from 10am-6pm, the twice-yearly forum provides a platform for interaction between young jobseekers, industry experts and hirers from a vast range of both local and international organisations.

It also includes a number of additional career-boosting features such as information on trainee programmes and internships, topical seminars offering high-level insight on careers from banking to aviation, and the chance to be selected for Classified Post’s prestigious Shadow a CEO Programme.

The Shadow a CEO Programme runs twice a year in conjunction with the Career Forum and sees an elite group of top students chosen to spend three days working side by side a senior executive, getting a glimpse into their day-to-day working life and the skills and abilities it takes to run a successful company.

This time around, applicants have the opportunity to shadow one of three senior executives: Stanley Yau, director, human resources and administration, at Hong Kong Airlines; Andy Ann, Founder and CEO of NDN Group; and Anna Yip, CEO of SmarTone.

Yau and Ann will also host seminars on the opportunities available in their respective industries, and will be joined by a variety of other speakers throughout the day covering engineering, HR, property development, utilities, food and beverage, finance and more.

The seminar schedule starts at 11am with Dr WH Yeung from the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers kicking things off with a presentation on “Future-proofing financial talent; Strategies to upgrade professional competence.” Virginia Choi, executive council member of the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management, and managing consultant and country manager at Tamty McGill Consultants, will take to the stage at 5pm to round off the schedule with insight into the evolving nature of careers in HR.

That’s not all. Throughout the day, recruitment firm Robert Walters will be engaged in the vital duty of interviewing applicants for the Shadow a CEO Programme, as well as providing a free CV Doctor service.

Jobseekers in need of expert advice on how to make their résumés stand out from among hundreds of others can head over to the booth for a chat.

Highlighting some of the common issues seen on graduate CVs, Tiffany Wong, Robert Walters’ associate director of the HR division and transactional services division, explains that graduates sometimes include too many irrelevant experiences. “For instance, they should skip any high school work experience or private tutoring experience they may have had.”

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