For job hunting, it begins with creating an easy to read resume/ CV to promote yourself. Necessary information should be written briefly for easy understanding. The resume will be the first impression for the HR staff to see your writing ability; and in order to increase document screening passing rate, it is better to focus on creating good impression on your resume.
1. Expected Occupation, Industry
Give list of occupations you desire, which matches with your experiences and skills.
2. On your employment history
List the commencement and resignation date, company name, company industry, position, occupation category, job description, and reasons for leaving. It is recommended to list detailed achievements. Especially for the job description, it is a good chance to promote your experiences to employers. It is better to create your own resume to appeal achievements and experiences you have gained in order to impress employers.
3. On your academic qualifications
List the latest academic qualifications, entrance and graduation year and month, department, and major. Also list other related history such as overseas training, exchange studies, and/ or language studies abroad.
4. On certifications
List language certifications, accounting related qualifications, and other qualifications here.
5. Salary / Remuneration
Give the expected remuneration in Hong Kong dollars.
6. Possible starting date
Give the estimate date when you can start work.
List your skills, such as PC skills, accounting software skills, etc.
Format for Japanese and English Resume
Focus on creating easy to read sentences, format and layout.
Normally, resumes/CVs do not have any formats, so it is recommended to personalize your resume to show your creativity and uniqueness. For Japanese resumes, it is acceptable to use the common Japanese format, however, it is also necessary to create an extra detailed list of your employment history. For Japanese companies in Hong Kong, please also prepare English resume since the HR staff is usually local staff.
There should not be any vacant time on your academic or employment history, it is recommended to list working holidays, part time jobs, preparation period of qualifications etc. if any to fill in the time line. Please double check the layout before printing.
Before the Interview
After passing the document screening, preparation for the interview is important.
Please refer below for preparation points.
1. Research the company and re-check your career record
It is important to research the company in advance, such as checking the company homepage, in order to be confident during the interview. Please re-check your career history, requests and goals in regards to the position applied.
2. Check points
Prepare simple and tidy clothing, shoes, and bag for the interview. Even if the company does not require wearing business suits during work, we still recommend you to wear suits for interviews.
You may receive a business card from the interviewer at the beginning of the interview. Receive it with both hands. Put the card neatly on top of your business card holder or on the top left of the table in front of you. Do not put the card into your pocket / bag or hold it in your hands.
After few interviews at the same company, some applicants’ oral presentation becomes too casual with the interviewer. Do not forget you are there for a job interview and it is best to keep proper language manners at all times.
3. Confirm interview location
If you are not familiar with the area of the interview location, we recommend you previously check on maps. It is a good idea to actually go to the location to familiarize with the area and see the necessary travel time.
At the Interview
The first impression is crucial. You must arrive early to have time to relax and prepare yourself. Start with a smile and courteous greeting. Below are frequently asked questions and failure examples.
1. Specific examples for self-promotion
There may be questions on specific examples of successes and failures, or on your desires and goals, which might not be mentioned in detail on your resume. This is your chance to promote yourself. If you have learned from past failures, it is recommended to share the experiences and this will show your problem solving skills and give good impression for your honesty.
2. Handling difficult questions
There may be some difficult questions that you do not have any ideas to answer at that moment. It is not a problem to say that you do not know the answer or you “can’t think of it now”, but being silent without any answers will give a bad impression. In-depth questions give you the chance to be unique and show your character, so share your ideas and thoughts freely. This usually adds to your good impression.
3. Final interview
At the final interview with the managers and directors, they may ask the same questions again for confirmation, so keep your answers consistent and simple. Consistency in your answer is important.
Either working or staying in Hong Kong, it is necessary to acquire a specific visa.
Acquiring visas in Hong Kong has become harder and harder year by year, due to the government securing Hong Kong citizens’ working opportunities, and also putting effort in attracting excellent overseas professional personnel. Once the visa application is declined, reapplying will become much difficult. Therefore, it is very important to be attentive and carefully advance with your first application.
Visa application flow
1 Necessary Documents
・Application form (ID990A)
・Passport photo (5cm x 4cm)
・Passport copy (at least six months before expiration)
・Certificate of academic background (English)
・Certificate of employment (English)
2 Submitting application
Submitting application documents by applicants.
3 Receiving Visa
Visa application process takes around 4-6 weeks.
A visa label will be affixed to your passport blank space after visa is issued. The visa will be activated when you enter Hong Kong and a sticker with an expiration date will be affixed to your passport.
4 Receiving ID card
Apply for an HKID card within 30 days with your valid visa. An acknowledgement of application for an Identity Card will be issued. The processing time for the ID card usually takes 2 weeks.
Hong Kong Immigration Department
Overview of various Visas
A working visa for foreigner in Hong Kong is usually sponsored by an employer. The eligibility criterion is that the applicant is employed in a job relevant to his academic qualifications or working experience which cannot be readily taken up by local workforce.
The initial visa validity is 2 years. Extension of stay, if approved, will normally follow the 3-3 years pattern.
This visa is for business owners (shareholders) to develop their business within Hong Kong. It is necessary to disclose personal assets, prepare a feasible and developmental business plan, and also explain how the business will contribute to Hong Kong economy.
This visa is for trainees working as interns for a company within Hong Kong to attain certain skills. Visa duration is up to 12 months. Training visa is not extendable.
This is a visa for spouse, dependent child and parents of sponsor who is a Hong Kong citizen, Hong Kong permanent resident, or employment/ investment visa holder. It is possible to work under this visa.
This ID can be obtained by foreign national living in Hong Kong for more than 7 consecutive years. At present, the ID becomes invalid after leaving Hong Kong for 36 consecutive months (3 years).
Working Holiday Visa
Aged between 18 and 30 are welcome to join the Scheme. The period of stay is only 12 months. You are not allowed to work for the same employer for more than 3 months.
Unconditonal Stay Visa
To be eligible for Unconditional Stay, you need to have “continuous residence in Hong Kong for a period of not less than seven years”. Same as Permanent ID holder, you can work in Hong Kong without visa sponsorship by employer. In the past, Unconditional Stay Visa was needed for applying Permanent ID, but now you can apply a Permanent ID directly after continuously living in Hong Kong for more than 7 years. Therefore, the number of applicants decreased.
※Visitor Visa and Student Visa is not allowed to work in Hong Kong.
Please go to NAC HR for more information.