Chris Aukland is the managing director of specialist recruitment agency Ambition and is responsible for the growth and management of the Hong Kong business. He has 15 years’ consulting experience in the UK and Asia.
Should I include short work tenures on CV?
Hello , nice to write to you.
I am accounting graduate from top-up degree,26-year-old. After graduation, working auditor for a local CPA firm from Sept to Dec but felt terrible working environment and then saw commercial field in HK is more suitable than audit field for me. However, only 6 interviews I received till now, after sending 100 CV. First, should I include a few months audit jobs(learn some technical audit and bookkeeping) or not to say to show stable?
Taking steps towards a new career can be an exciting and rewarding experience, provided you are prepared, focused and flexible in your approach. One of the most important things to be aware of when looking for the right role in Hong Kong is that you will need to persevere and, as you have experienced, you may need to send out a large number of applications and attend multiple interviews before managing to secure the right role as it might take time to secure the role you want. Do not be disheartened by the fact that you sending a large number of CVs have only yielded few interviews. Bear in mind that competition is strong in Hong Kong, with many applicants competing from a relatively level playing field. Employers are also more focused in their search to find that closest fit to their requirements when it comes to filling a role. It is also important to keep your options open and consider a variety of roles. Think about where you want to be in 2-3 years time and make a list of potential of roles that will help you get there. In general, I would recommend including any relevant experience on your resume but I would suggest consulting someone you trust or a recruitment professional to ask for more specific tips and advice. For starters, you can browse through the internet for tips and advice on how to write a winning resume. Additionally, to have an edge in a competitive job market, it is essential to be as well prepared as possible for interviews. Be prepared to talk about your experience on your resume in a positive manner focusing on what you learnt and your successes rather than why it wasn't the right role for you. You should also start rehearsing common interview questions to polish your technique. Thorough preparation will mean that you can quickly and comfortably seize any opportunities that arise. Finally, I also recommend using all possible search methodologies - internet job boards, trade publications, newspapers and your network, all can be great sources of potential openings. Not only will you get a good indication of the type of roles available, including the skills required and salaries on offer, but you may also be amongst the first to uncover a great opportunity. Good luck!