More than a thousand students, recent graduates and young workers in the early stages of their careers flocked to the inaugural Classified Post Career Forum on March 4 to meet top employers, obtain professional career advice and gain industry insights.
The highlight of the forum – held in the atrium of the InnoCentre in Kowloon Tong – was the CEO Sharing Conference, where industry leaders shared valuable insights on career prospects and professional development in the accounting, banking and engineering sectors. Visitors also had the opportunity to attend other sharing sessions, which were bracketed under two streams: Leadership Forum and Career Talk.
The Leadership Forum sessions covered the latest developments and future trends in such industries as IT, property management, surveying, banking and accounting. Speakers included executives from the Hong Kong Computer Society, the Hong Kong Institute of Housing, the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors, Standard Chartered and EY.
The Career Talk stream kicked off with a presentation on how to write winning résumés and prepare for job interviews. It was followed by seven other seminars, where employers offered tips and advice on how to get a dream job at Dragonair, Cathay Pacific, BOC Group Life Assurance, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering, DKSH Hong Kong, Hang Seng Bank and Select Service Partner Hong Kong.
In addition to the sharing sessions, consultants from cut-e, a psychometric assessment provider, were on hand to help jobseekers analyse the results of their online assessments. The assessment, which combines aptitude tests with a personality questionnaire, helps participants to determine how to better match the capabilities for which top companies are looking.
Those who needed assistance with their job-application skills also had the chance to see a team of onsite “CV doctors” – professional consultants from Page Personnel – to receive one-on-one résumé-enhancing advice.
The thought-provoking forum also offered the chance for visitors to meet face-to-face with more than 60 top-notch employers and submit their résumés directly after learning about their latest job openings.
Aspiring graduates who applied for the “Shadow a CEO Programme” also attended the forum to have their first interview with Page Personnel, the official consultant to the programme’s screening process.
Successful candidates will need to pass a second interview before getting the chance to spend up to five days shadowing one of the five executives from among the forum’s participating companies, during which time they will be able to experience first-hand the life of an elite top manager.