Finding the Right Career

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to finding the right career or right job. All you have to do is Google “tips on choosing careers” and you will get several ideas thrown at you. 15,000,000 results as it so happens…

So, it’s way too easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of choice thrown at you. Information is great but too much of it can lead to paralysis. You simply don’t know where to turn.

And then there are the stock phrases that say a lot but say nothing at the same time.

“Follow your bliss… find your passion…do what you love…”

This is a pretty common narrative. It sounds great in a “all we have to do is look at what we like and it will lead to our right career” kind of way.

But is this the answer? Maybe yes, maybe no. The world isn’t as simple and linear as that. In fact, it’s pretty damn complex, and if this passion dynamic were that straightforward, everyone would be doing it!

So what is the answer?

The bottom line is, you have to undertake self-reflection to discover your career path.  You have to do the work. For example, ask yourself questions about what matter in your life and help frame your career approach around that.

Sorry, it’s all down to you.

But if you want a steer: Here’s a video that might give you a few ideas.

And don’t forget to get your CV up to speed…

Taking Control of Your Career and CV

Making sure you have a good looking CV is important but it’s only part of the story, whether you are already in a job or are hunting for a new banking job in Asia.

It’s equally important that you take charge of where your career is going, particularly in a fast-changing market like Hong Kong.

Responsibility for career development has clearly shifted in recent years from the employer to the employee. For example, regardless of the number of training courses your company has put you on, thinCV Writing HK resumek about the wide array of self-directed training now available.

It’s there for everyone and anyone around the world. MOOC online training courses, evening courses, and even YouTube provide learning. They offer things that you may not get at work, and the type of information you couldn’t have accessed even 15 years ago.

Given this, it’s important to plan and direct your own future, whether you are in ‘employment’ or not. Remain relevant, keep training yourself, see a career coach. Only you can manage your banking career. If you’re not doing it, someone else is positioning themselves to do so – and possibly in your role!

The Industry is Changing – Your CV Should Reflect That

It can be a tough wake up call. Many have spent most of their banking careers within an organization, only to find out that technology, their company or, maybe, the economy has moved on. Many of us are used to having others around to shepherd us through our roles. They support us in our tasks, and mentor us when things aren’t going well. But you can’t rely on that any longer. If you don’t take responsibility, you may be left behind.

But you can’t rely on that any longer. If you don’t take responsibility, you may be left behind.

The pace of change in certain industries is inevitably going to shift how work is done in the future. And the underlying message is you’ve got to stay ahead of the curve or risk being left behind.

If you don’t currently see it as an issue in your world, maybe you’re right. But think about what the next generation is currently learning. Whether you graduated recently or graduated 20 years ago, work out whether your experience will keep you relevant. Maybe it will or maybe the new kids have the edge.

It’s about staying on top of things. So if your CV isn’t getting much traction at the moment, have a think about what its content is telling a recruiter. Is its message stuck in the past or is geared towards the future of banking?

For guidance on what you should be thinking in terms of your current and future banking job, in terms of skills and content for your CV, contact me for more information.

 

Importance of Having a LinkedIn Profile

It’s important to put LinkedIn into some context. A CV (or resume) is still the main marketing document for every job seeker, including for banking careers in Asia. That should always be your starting point.Linkedin profile writing hong kong

But recent years have also seen a shift in how people find jobs. So much of the hunt now takes place online. This is very prevalent in Hong Kong. We’re spending more time there researching potential roles and submitting applications.

Employers are also increasingly searching for the right people online, even banks and other financial institutions. From their perspective, it’s a cheap and efficient way to look for the right future employers. Separately, banking recruitment firms are also reaching out to candidates there.

Where LinkedIn Fits In

This is why having a good quality LinkedIn profile is essential for your personal branding and your career advancement. The social networking site is aimed at professionals, has more than 250 million members and can help people find jobs in a variety of ways.

According to Time magazine, 93% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find talent. And you’re joining a huge community. So if you’ve resisted the idea of putting together a profile, you could be missing a trick.

Your LinkedIn profile and CV are similar in many ways, but they should be complementary rather than identical. In order to put your best foot forward on LinkedIn, make sure your profile is filled out completely. It’s a platform for showing off your accumulated expertise to potential recruiters and what you have to offer.

How to Improve Your LinkedIn

To do this you need to take the time to add targeted keywords to your profile’s body, summary, and headline. You should also join LinkedIn groups, which are there to enable you to create and strengthen connections in your industry and boost your profile in your field. There are a number of groups geared towards investment banking, financial institutions, private wealth, and so on. You can get this done professionally or

The whole team can take some time. Your LinkedIn message needs to be aligned with your personal brand and consistent with your CV. You can get this done professionally or you could do it yourself.

So forget about simply relying on your CV and cover letter to get that position. The world’s moved on. Banking has moved on. In order to get noticed in the right way, speak to us about getting a powerful LinkedIn profile created.