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Question :

I have been trying to get a job in Hong Kong for two years. I have over six years of working experience in IT with some big multinational companies. I have been to many places for work and found Hong Kong the most suitable for me to settle down. I have been to Hong Kong twice in the past two years, but still have not received any positive response from recruiters. I have posted my CV on several social media networks. Currently I’m in India and still looking for job opportunities to work and settle down in Hong Kong. I have some close relatives living in Hong Kong which motivated me in this direction, but the response I have got so far from recruiter is disappointing. Please help and advise me on the way forward. Is it really that hard to get a job there?

Posted by Gaurav on Saturday, 13 Sep 2014

Comments :

I admire your persistence in attempting to find a job in Hong Kong. It is not easy, yet it is achievable. Hundreds of online applications reach the inbox of a recruitment agency. In order to stand out, you need some creative strategies.  

Spend time ensuring you understand your purpose. Imagine you can have any job you want – what would it be? In which companies? Why would these companies want to hire you? Do you understand their challenges? What is the culture of your prospect employer? Do you have the right competencies to address such challenges? 

Develop a compelling case. You need to develop an application that stands out. Never send a general CV; develop your profile with key words that catch the attention of any recruiter. How about making a three-minute video clip to introduce yourself?  

Conduct your research. There is plenty of secondary information on employers’ websites and other media.  

Follow up on your application. A phone call or email can make all the difference. Aim to get through to the person who will be responsible for interviewing the candidates. 

There are many techniques that may work. For example, ask your close relatives in Hong Kong to provide you with information on the prospective employer; they may know friends working there. 

Make it easy for employers to find you online. You may want to contribute to some blogs. Do you have a view on some disruptive technologies? 

I have a friend who spends a couple of hours per week to contribute his expertise on cloud technology and to comment on various research findings. He told me that he gets about two phone calls a month asking if he is interested to explore other job opportunities. 

You need to demonstrate to an employer that you are motivated, a good fit and competent. Opportunities only knock for people who are consistent, focused and positive. Good luck on landing your dream career. 

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