Hong Kong contains one of the largest skilled expat populations in the world. There is an abundance of expat career opportunities in Hong Kong for overseas job hunters – from multinational corporations to start-ups. There are plenty of jobs in Hong Kong for English speakers, and Chinese language experts alike.
Finding work in Hong Kong- prior to making the move
Having a great resume is very important, to start with. If done ineffectively, your resume can be the reason why you get an early rejection for a job that you have won.
Use any personal contacts that you have to make introductions in the right company. This is more important in Hong Kong than most destinations where a connection can be the difference between success and failure in the job hunt. This applies both to expat and local recruiters. You can connect will other expats and recruiters in Hong Kong via our LinkedIn Group and on Facebook.
There is a strong chance that you won’t get any sort of serious response until you are actually present here in Hong Kong. If you have a very specific skill then your chances are better, but for most job seekers, a flight to Hong Kong will be necessary.
Make sure that you do some research of the market you’re looking to work in. Understand the current issues and challenges that companies might be facing, so that you can convey how hiring you for the job in Hong Kong can help. Market knowledge can also help compensate for lack of regional experience.
Once you’ve arrived Hong Kong
Once you’re living in Hong Kong, you can really make an impact. From the start, visiting networking events and making friends can really help. Networking is of upmost importance here. As mentioned earlier, having a personal connection will act in your favour in most instances.
For a comprehensive list of jobs available for expats in Hong Kong, visit Gateway Global Careers.
The people who have their ear to the ground are recruiters like Michael Page and Robert Walters. You will normally need to do a preliminary interview to see if you qualify for one or more of their jobs in their portfolio.
Going to HR decision-makers directly can be very helpful. You can often find the right contact on Linked In.
Visa for working in Hong Kong
Once you’ve accepted this will be conditional, based on the successful issue of an visa. This can take anything from a few days to a couple of weeks to come though so you may need to sit tight for a start date.
For more information on visas, check out our visa section.
A growing need for expat workers in Hong Kong
In 2012 the Hong Kong Government highlighted a skilled employee shortfall of 14,000 by 2018 and has committed itself to increasing incentives for foreign skilled workers to move to and work in Hong Kong. Hence, there are opportunities out there. Don’t expect overnight success. Job-hunting anywhere in the world is hard work and can consume days. Expect to search for at least three months. Persistence is the key, and not taking rejections to heart.