What types of resumes will get you interviews with companies in Hong Kong?
This is where east meets west. Looming skyscrapers tower over traditional Chinese food stands in this modern city. Having long been an ex-pat stronghold, we’ll dive into what you need to land a job here. We’ll focus on the resume.
You can use this resume format and the tips we share below to stand out when applying to roles in Hong Kong.
You will find that the Hong Kong resume is quite similar to what is expected in the United States. In the header, you only need to include your basic personal information such as your name, email address, phone number and current city.
This should be in reverse chronological order and include full-time, part-time and internship experiences. It should be limited to your 3-4 most impactful experiences with about 3-4 bullet points under each.
For each piece of work experience, include the name of the company, your job title, an overview of your role, tenure dates and location. For the bullet points underneath, you should focus on quantifiable achievements. Employers in Hong Kong are known to verify these with previous employers so do not over-embellish!
Hong Kong employers place a high value on education. Regardless of your seniority, include an Education section with the names of your higher education institutions listed. Include your class rank or GPA, degree earned, major completed, dates attended and any academic achievements you may have earned.
Optionally, if you have done a significant amount of volunteer, project or extracurricular work, you should include those sections as well. Similar to work experience, be sure to provide an overview of your role and quantifiable achievements.
You do not need to include an interests or hobbies section. Unless it explicitly relates to the role or company you are applying for, it will not add anything to your candidacy.
Use this resume format to stand out when applying to roles in Hong Kong.
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