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Am I expecting too much?
posted on Tuesday, 18 October 2011 19:27

I am 40 years old. I was educated in Canada but I didn't finished High School. At the age of 32, I started my own business in China. The business was great in the first few years, then eventually business started slowing down and eventually the business was closed down. I had no choice but to move back to Hong Kong with my family. A year ago, I got a security license and wanted to get security jobs. I worked at 2 outsourcing companies and to say the least, it was not a pleasant experience. I am trying to get a job again, but I find it this time it was harder to get a decent job. I speak fluent Cantonese, English and average Mandarin. I've had some experience in property management and hotel security. I'd had some Control Room experience. I am asking HKD 10,000, 9hrs shift. Am I asking too much?

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Louisa Yeung - Career Doctor  
Posted Thursday, 15 March 2012 05:46 PM


It is positive to see that you are actively seeking assistance with your career change. Your difficulty in acquiring a job in security may be because employers in this area prefer professionals to have a background in law enforcement, such as military or police work. Typically, employers in security outsourcing firms don’t have this preference, which is most likely why you found it easier to get a job in this area.

As you have experience in property management, I would suggest that you look for job opportunities in this area. You can conduct an online job search including searching job boards, as well as looking through trade publications and classifieds sections of newspapers. In addition, speak with your professional networks and contacts and consider subscribing to job alert services.

For the best chance of getting a job offer in a role that you apply for, your CV must stand out among other candidates’. You will need to clearly demonstrate how you meet the employer’s needs in your application by referencing the requirements of the job advertisement. To be successful in proceeding through the interview stages, you need to sell yourself and your current skills. In particular, demonstrate your willingness to learn and develop on the job to show an employer that you are both talented and enthusiastic about the role and company.

In terms of the salary you have specified, I don’t believe it is a large sum of money to be asking for. However, remember to be wary that salaries are based on market conditions and the degree of competition there is for a particular job.

Also, be mindful that the recruitment process takes time and you need to be patient while you do your best to ensure you find the most suitable role and employer for you.

If you would like further information or advice, please leave a comment below.

All the best with your job search,

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