Chapter 3: How to begin job hunting?

In order to succeed in job hunting, you need to understand the job nature well. Prepare early, know what experience and skills the job requires, you can prepare your career planning with the goal in mind. Try to identify the gaps and take remedy action to acquire the skills and experiences needed.

The 7Ps framework is a useful to analyze a job fully, initially by understanding the job descriptions.

The 7Ps includes:

  • PURPOSE of the job in relation to the organization’s core businesses
  • PRODUCT expected from the job: report, proposal, design etc.
  • PEOPLE you work with internally and externally.
  • PLACE you work in, outdoor and indoor.
  • PROCEDURE are skills, style and systems you work with.
  • PROFESSIONALISM in terms of competence, ethics and continuous learning.
  • PROSPECT in future career and professional development.

When you know how to analyze the job advertisement, you are more capable in making career choices. That is to consider whether the job is suitable for you. The other angle to analyze is how can you improve (such as qualifications, skills, certifications) to get the job you wanted.

Identify the gap early, begin to bridge the gap now.

Always keep these questions about your preferred industry in mind during your job search:

  1. Is the industry hi-tech or low-tech?
  2. What is the target market, mass consumer, professional or niche?
  3. Is the industry new, matured, in decline or just reborn?
  4. Is the barriers of entry to the industryhigh or low? Any substitute or replacement?
  5. Any growth potential? What are the driving forces?

Here you have to acquire the technical skills, professional knowledge, code of conduct, professional ethics and long-term development perspectives required for the organisational, technical, administrative and social aspects of your job, so that you can perform effectively as quickly as possible. Early success can boost your confidence.

Top Areas where our graduates work

This table summarizes the top job destinations of our graduates took. You can look for more jobs /industries if you search the following websites:

VTC Occupation Dictionary (Hong Kong)

O*Net Online (US)

Chinese Literature Creation in Chinese Lit Arts
Jobs Industries Jobs Industries
1. Teacher Assistants/ Teachers Education 1. Editors Media & Communications
2. Administration Officers Administration & Management 2. Marketing Officer Sales & Marketing
3. Sales & Marketing Assistants Sales & Marketing 3. Customer Services Officer Hospitality
Accounting and Banking Business Administration
Jobs Industries Jobs Industries
1. Auditing Assistants Accounting 1. Marketing Officers Sales & Marketing
2. Accounting Officers Accounting 2. Human Resources Officers Administration & Management
3. Management Trainee (Banking) Administration & Management 3. Insurance Agents Insurance
4. Civil Servants Government 4. Civil Servants Government
Journalism and Communication Computer Science
Jobs Industries Jobs Industries
1. Reporters and Correspondents Media & Communications 1. Programmer Information Technology
2. Media / Communications Officer Media & Communications 2. Web Developer Information Technology
3. Sales Executive Sales & Marketing 3. Multimedia Designer Media & Communications
4. Tutor Education 4. Assistant System Engineer Information Technology
Finance English
Jobs Industries Jobs Industries
1. Administration Officers Banking & Finance 1. Administration Officers Administration & Management
2. Insurance Agents Insurance 2. Teacher Assistants Education
3. Self-employed Other 3. Civil Servants Government
Architecture Civil Engineering
Jobs Industries Jobs Industries
1. Architectural Assistant Architecture & Construction 1. Assistant Engineers Architecture & Construction
2. Designer Assistant Architecture & Construction 2. Civil Servants Government
3. Project Coordinator Architecture & Construction
4. Multimedia Designer Media & Communications

Interview a person who has joined the work force is useful for you to understand a profession. From him/her, you gain solid and updated information about jobs. Hence you can be more informed in preparing for your future career, and will be more insightful in your career choice.

Proceed to Chapter 4: The CV