I'm a recent graduate with a Bachelors in Management from Rutgers in New Jersey. I started out in Hong Kong where I finished my Secondary and some college. I decided to return back to look for employment here as I plan to move eventually towards finance with an International focus. Having worked in the US for a year in telecom sales, and some minor experience in India.. I'm going for the whole 1st/2nd/3rd world experience. I have a very rudimentary command of cantonese and mandarin, but am willing to put the time in to learn. I have a few questions that I would be truly greatful if someone could shed some light on these topics. I do plan on following through with my Master's within 2 years after I attain some solid work experience. I was born in HK so the visa issue is not a problem.
1) How important is knowledge of Cantonese vs. Mandarin both in terms of day-to-day working life and long term prospects.
2) What are some professional associations and institutions that would prove helpful?
3) What are some other possible ways to begin networking, aside from current contacts?
4) Are headhunters any help in finding entry level positions?
5) What would you say would be the niche positions within finance over the next few years?
6) Are there any other intricacies or substantial differences in interviewing here? Any different protocol, ettiquette?
7) Does my streamlined one page American resume need some tweaks?
Again, thank you very much in advance for your time and consideration.. I'd appreciate any advice put forth.