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, think 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.