Dear Career Doctor,
I’m 28, a Permanent Hong Kong Resident that has been absent in Hong Kong for 22 years due to immigration. In my 22 year absence in Hong Kong, I have obtained a Chef Training Certificate (2005) and enrolled in the French Culinary Arts (2007) in George Brown College (Toronto, Canada). During that time, I have also worked 7 years as a Cook in the Restaurant, Food & Beverage industry in Toronto.
I have landed back in Hong Kong 4 months ago to settle professionally since I saw a very strong number of vacancies in the Food & Beverage Industry in Hong Kong. From that I thought I could easily settle in the Hong Kong Labour Market, but in the past 3-months, I have repeatedly submitted resumes, going into invited interviews (including several hotels) and attending Recruitment Days; all those have led to no results or second interviews, which already leaves me very discouraged and unfulfilled.
Is it the lack of local credentials that prevents me from settling in the Hong Kong Labour Market? Does my lack of strength in the Chinese language prevent me from landing a job in Hong Kong too?
To pass the time, I have applied for a Food Safety & Sanitation Course at LiPACE and currently also waiting for the Cook Certification (Western Cuisine) course from Penasia Continuing Education Institute. Will local credentials give me greater chances in landing a promising job in Hong Kong?
In addition, as a result of living a Western lifestyle, I also have a slightly larger figure compared to many natives, which I believe it may be a factor that impedes my job search.