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Should I put my mainland education on my resume?

Question :

I graduated from B.Com (major in Accounting and Finance) from Australia in 2010. I tried to get a career in accounting or auditing field when I came to HK in 2010, but failed. So I took other roles and changed three times in these two years.

Now I am still trying to get start in the accounting/auditing section. May I know how? From graduation to now, I did nothing really related with accounting, should I still put the non-related work experience on my resume? 
Or leave the time gap blank? Or any way I can manage it better?

Also, Before the Bachelor of Commerce degree, I did high school (1999-2002) and a diploma degree of Medicine in China. Should I put those in the resume education section? As I saw many accounting firms require secondary education info. But I’m worried if I put: first, that secondary education is long time ago; second, my diploma was in medicine which is not related with accounting.

Your comments or suggestion would be much appreciated.

Posted by Anne on Thursday, 23 May 2013

Comments :


Posted Saturday 27th July 2013 01:11:30 AM


Dear Richard, Thanks a lot for the advice. How may I apply to firms directly? I tried to call by searching companies from website, but usually they don't get me to the HR manager if I don't have the specific name. Even I have the name of managing partner of Shinewing(eg, Roy Lo),I know him by searching Shinewing website, Youtube and Classifiedpost career center, no really direct/close connection with him. When I asked could I talk to him please, the general phone operator refused to get me to talk to him. I did manage to make her note down my email and asked how may follow up the process. She only said as long as I emailed the company HR email is fine. That’s general the difficulty I have when I call firms directly. So how may I do it better please? I also think about to walk in and knock on the doors, but in that case, would HK firms accept such way of job application? Would they just keep me out of the door or how may I do it please? Your time and thoughts are much appreciated.

Richard Letcher - Career Doctor

Posted Friday 7th June 2013 01:56:00 AM


There are a number of issues to address here. Let's start with the most important one: finding a job in accounting or audit, an area you clearly have a passion for. Even though you don't have work experience in the field, and you graduated in accounting three years ago, you can still find an entry-level role; but you will need to move quickly. Leaving it longer will make it a lot harder. My recommendation would be firstly to enrol in the ACCA or CPA HK qualification program. This will show commitment to your chosen career and will give prospective employers a level of comfort. Next, you must start applying to firms directly. There are three types of generic jobs which I would advise you to look at in order to get your foot in the door: audit roles, in–house financial accountant positions, and jobs within external accounting service providers such as Tricor. Don't just focus on large companies; you must also approach small and medium ones. Searching the Web and talking to auditors and accountants will be highly beneficial. The more people you seek advice from and the more organisations you approach, the higher the probability of success. It is not clear from the detail within your question whether you are a Chinese national, but if you are, this could be a unique selling point for some firms, given your language ability and knowledge of China. There will be audit firms, for example, who will allow you to be based in Hong Kong but would want you to travel to China to carry out audit work. Firms like ShineWing would therefore be worth approaching. In terms of your questions related to what and what not to put on your CV, I would not miss anything out. You must include your work experience since 2010, as well as your high school and degree in China--gaps on your CV raise questions and will make the reader feel that you might be hiding something. Transparency is the best policy. Looking for a job is time consuming and at times very tough, but if you are focused and put in the effort I'm sure you will land that entry level role you have been looking for. Good luck!

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