If a new job is on the horizon for you anytime soon, bathe in these tips on writing your CV from recruiters in Hong Kong
While we love to fill our weekends with hikes in Hong Kong and exploring neighbourhoods across town, during the week, that 9-5/6/7/8 is long, and you want to enjoy it as much as possible. Whether you’re on the hunt for your next promotion or just browsing the job market, having a killer resume is what will make you stand out from the crowd. Here, we’re sharing tips on writing your CV from recruiters in Hong Kong so you can land the job of your dreams.
Tips on writing your CV from recruiters in Hong Kong
Emma Dale, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Asia at Prospect Resourcing
A CV is a door-opener so keep it short and succinct; there will be opportunities to expand on your achievements during the interview. Your CV will be more memorable if it begins with a couple of sentences that sum up your experience and describe your professional goals. Don’t assume the person reading your CV knows what you do; highlight your key responsibilities in bullet points and avoid acronyms or jargon. Make sure you include your key skills, language ability, nationality, and visa status, all of which will save time and avoid confusion later in the process.
Cherry Yeung, Consultant at Hamlyn Williams
A CV is a tool to get an interview – use the interview to give a full, detailed account of your experience. The reader should be able to identify your key attributes with ease i.e. job titles, companies worked for, key skills, and key achievements.
Focus on achievements and do not solely list the job description, ideally these achievements are quantifiable, ‘increasing user growth by 30%…’ is more compelling than simply ‘increasing user growth’. What did you contribute that another person in the position may not have?
Do not underestimate the importance of tailoring your CV to the specific opportunity. Ensure any key words or important skills are listed and providing a few brief bullet points summarising experience relevant to the role at the beginning of your CV can always help.
Laura Denholm, Team Lead Marketing Communications at Nakama
My top tips for a good CV would be to keep it to two pages maximum and to spell check! Once you’ve proofread, proofread again, and again. Grammar or spelling errors on a CV can come across as lazy and a usually fantastic candidate could be quickly written off.
Another tip to try something new could be to embed a quick introduction video of yourself or send it via email/LinkedIn in to the hiring manager. This doesn’t need to be long, but it’s a way to show your personality and stand out a bit above other profiles – they will definitely remember you! Make sure you speak confidently, clearly, and keep it concise to introduce your experience.
Candy Wu, Executive Consultant at Hudson
Keep your CV simple and straightforward; 1-2 pages is best. One size doesn’t fit all, edit your CV especially in the section of responsibilities and achievements based on the job description that you’re applying for so that the HR or hiring managers can easily spot your targeted skill set. Be specific, add a numeric or factual track record to show your achievements, don’t just write generic sentences that could apply to anyone’s CV.