19 November, 2018
Lifestyle, What's On HK

Your Guide To Getting A Job In Hong Kong

19 November, 2018

Whether you’ve just moved to Hong Kong, recently graduated or are you simply keen on exploring new opportunities, getting started on the job hunt can be daunting. Our expert offers some tips and tricks to get you on the right track to employment.

Planning to move to Hong Kong – or have just arrived – and are looking for a job? For many people, including myself, approaching a recruitment agency and checking online job-boards are the first starting point. But panic can quickly start setting in when one realises that the majority of jobs require proficiency in Cantonese and/or Mandarin. Not surprisingly, 95% of Hong Kong’s population is fluent in one or both of these languages, and those who fall outside of that 95% will not be the primary target of many agencies.

Whilst at first glance the odds may seem stacked against non-Chinese speakers, many do secure employment here. Here are a few tips and tricks for finding work which I have pulled together from conversations I have had with recruiters, HR professionals and others who have successfully secured jobs here.

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Let’s start with the usual suspects. Non-Chinese speakers should be aware of organisations that specifically target the expat market such as, AsiaXPAT Careers and niche recruitment agencies like Pivot who exist to help women who are seeking work and connects highly skilled women with a project.

Read more: Interview Tips to Land Your Dream Job

Let’s assume, however, that 70% of jobs are not advertised. Simply relying on agencies and job boards will severely narrow the scope of your job search and your access to different opportunities. Therefore, here are some of the other things you should do if you are serious about finding work:

Use, and expand, your network

More than any other place I have lived in, Hong Kong offers so many different ways which allow you to do this. Meetups range from storytelling groups to “funky salsa parties”, and offer great opportunities to both socialise with expats and locals alike. Various national Chambers of Commerce organise public events which are open to all.

On Eventbrite you are bound to come across many events that are of interest to you.

At the same time, do not underestimate the value of your existing networks. These can be friends; or even the people stretching next to at a Yoga class!

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Show off your skills

It is one thing to expand your network, but people need to see what you are made of. Explore freelancing opportunities, for example on JobDoh. Alternatively, consider ‘skills-based volunteering’ if your job search is taking longer than you hope or even if you have chosen to postpone getting a paid job for a few years. In this way, you spend time using your skills to support a charity or other organisation. This will also, allow you to expand your network, show people what you can do, keep your skills fresh and updated and give you motivation in your job search knowing that you are adding value to something you care about. Local Motion is a Hong Kong-based organisation which explicitly works to connect people with such opportunities; but also do not be shy about approaching local charities and NGOs directly.

Read more: Ask a Career Coach: How to Combine Passion and Profession

Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn really does work. It allows you to expand your network and gives people a quick and easy insight into who you are and what you can do for them. Given that so many jobs are not advertised, a lot of employers are proactive in directly seeking out people with the skills that they need. Keeping your LinkedIn profile up-to-date and professional – and backed up with a strong CV – is a must.

Consider working with a coach

Finally, all of the advice above rests on the assumption that you are clear about your career goals and aspirations. Knowing these can help give you direction and motivation in your job search. However, if you have moved countries, or taken a break from work, all of this might not be so clear. A certified coach – such as myself – can work with you to enable you to define your goals and design a workable strategy for you to get there.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Sassy Mama Hong Kong on 13 August 2018.

Featured Image courtesy of Unsplash, Image #2 courtesy of rawpixel via Unsplash, Image #3 courtesy of rawpixel via Unsplash,

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