Since my last forum discussing my experience with getting jobs in Hong Kong, I have been getting emails from many people asking how they can do it. I hope by replying in a forum area I can answer as many people as possible.
Here is my opinion:
Hong Kong companies will not fly you out for an interview, unless you are in a very senior position. If you don’t come on your own money, nothing will happen.
It is all about relationships. I sent my resume out for one year. Once I was scheduled to come to Hong Kong, I let everyone that I had sent info to know. At tht point the interviews began popping up.
Unless you are an intern, who happens to be able to afford to fly to Hong Kong, or a senior level person you probably will not find a job (not 100%, just probably). There is local talent for entry level through senior ID level.
The expat packages are pretty much gone for Hong Kong. People want to live here and so the Expat system is not needed anymore. They only exist for places people don’t really want to go to. It’s the nature of a free market.
Don’t want to make it sound like a downer. After three weeks I am getting through the simple cultural issues and learning curve, and this is a beautiful place, if you don’t like snow.