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    Finding a Job In HK

    Hi Everyone,

    I’ve been here since August 2020, am on a dependent visa and am having the worst luck finding a job. I had a very strong career back in the states in marketing/ BD and now cannot find a job to save my life. Of course I know it’s bad timing, etc. but does anyone have suggestions on how to go about my search? I don’t have a network here since I’m a recent transplant and have been using jobsdb and LinkedIn as my main source of searching but with no luck.

    I’m open to any and all suggestions !!


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    Do you speak any form of Chinese?


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    I don’t have a network here since I’m a recent transplant and have been using jobsdb and LinkedIn as my main source of searching but with no luck.
    Does your spouse have a network you can work your way into?
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    Depending on the industry you have experience in I'd also try to identify recruitment agencies who have experience of placing marketing / BD people into that particular industry. Some industries use agencies more vs others so it does depend a little where your experience lies but an agency may also be able to guide you in the right direction. If you tell us about the industry someone may be able to let you know any they might recommend?

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    In my experience JobsDb is a waste of time. LI better but almost impossible if you're applying direct from the site. Seek out hiring manager and connect.

    Best advice is in post above - search out a recruitment agency that specialises in marketing. Quite a few in HK.

    What's your industry speciality? Maybe some on here can help.


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    No practical advice, but just for your mental health, you're not alone.

    It's notoriously difficult. It took me close to 6 months, I've met plenty of people who it took 9 months or more to find a job. So just keep bashing away. Try to meet people for coffees, insist on face-to-face with recruiters etc

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    Definitely add more details here on your background / experience / industry etc. You never know who might be reading and can help ya out

    When applying for jobs clearly state you DO NOT NEED SPONSORSHIP VISA at the top

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    Wow! I really genuinely appreciate everyone’s responses and the mental health note from flapster really does help

    A bit about me (thank you for asking!)

    My background is unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you spin it) incredibly specific. Majority of my career (about 7 years) I spent in DC working at associations on the membership/marketing teams managing/ building relationships with industry partners. In DC my last position was manager of corporate programs at an association where I ran the marketing for our corporate programs and was responsible for bringing in new corporate partners ($$$$). I’ve been trying to translate that over to standard BD roles here but with no such luck.


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    Just to add another unfortunate data point - it took me 8 months to find a job last year. I'm in a very different industry (software development), but I'd been in Hong Kong 15 years, with a fairly well-developed network, and it was tough. I ended up being approached by a recruitment agent on LinkedIn, interviewed for a position (one of quite a few interviews), being told I was their top choice, then that they'd interviewed someone better, then having the employer come back a month later and ask if I was still available and interested...

    You didn't answer RMDNC's question, but I'm going to guess you don't speak/read-write Chinese, at least not to a professional level - which is going to put you at quite a disadvantage in a communications-type industry, in a city which is pivoting from a global perspective to a China-focused one. Good luck!

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    Not sure if this is relevant to your sector, and if you've already explored this - checkout the chambers of commerce(s), consulates, trade development associations of English speaking nations here in HK (US, CA, MX, EU, UK etc.), in case they have a role which might have use your skills. With your BD background, you might have to tweak the CV a bit make them understand how you can help them bring more business/sponsors etc. Also checkout HKTDC, in case there is something which you could target. Language could be an issue there, but you never know.

    All the best .

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