• Feeling Blue? Use These Top 5 Tips to Boost Your Mood and Productivity at Work

    14 days ago by Jay Chow

    ​Do you ever feel a lack of energy and motivation at the beginning of your work week? You are not alone. Monday Blues can affect us all. The on-going protests in Hong Kong, especially at the weekend, can make it difficult to start the week in a good mood. Monday Blues have been amplified due to the on-going protests in Hong Kong, especially when the weekend protests gone cha...

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  • How to Deal with a Toxic Co-Worker

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​Everyone will experience working with a toxic co-worker at some point in their career. These are the colleagues who suck the positive energy out of the room, always ready to criticize and bully others while avoiding their own work, or always providing an excuse.  Dealing with constant negativity and a toxic working atmosphere can have a serious impact on both your enjoyment...

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  • How to Find Out Your Co-Worker's Salary

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​The banking and financial services sector in Hong Kong has seen a recent boost with the introduction of new cybersecurity technologies such as blockchain. The financial sector’s pivot to digital means there are plenty of high earning opportunities available to those with in-demand skills such as data analysis.    Your salary is more than a monthly number in your bank accoun...

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  • The Signs of Burnout at Work and What to Do About It

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​A global survey by health insurance company Cigma recently classed Hong Kong as the fifth most stressed population in the world, with 95% of millennial age workers reporting feelings of stress.  Workplace stress is commonplace in fast-moving and competitive sectors like banking and finance. As innovations develop through fintech and disruptor banks, finance professionals mu...

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  • How to Make a Great First Impression in Your New Job

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​Even the most confident and driven employee can face a lot of anxiety when approaching their first day in a new job within the banking and financial sector in Hong Kong. There is pressure to make a brilliant first impression on both your supervisors and your new team members. The prospect can seem overwhelming, but a bit of forward planning and an enthusiastic attitude will...

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  • How to Decide if a Job Offer is Worth Taking

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​Getting a job offer within the competitive Hong Kong banking and financial services sector can be a huge turning point in your career, but it pays to consider many elements to the job offer beyond an attractive salary offer before you accept the offer.Your overall quality of life is more important than the number on the bottom of your wage slip at the end of each month, and...

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  • How to Leave Your Job Without Burning Bridges

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​Leaving a senior role within the banking and financial services sector in Hong Kong will likely involve more than handing in an official notice of resignation followed by working two weeks notice. If you are in a skilled position, it can prove to be tough to replace you, and your employer will appreciate your professionalism and co-operation during the transition.If you are...

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  • How to Resign Your Job and Leave on Good Terms

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​Quitting a job should simply involve handing in a formal notice of resignation, but leaving a senior or technical role within the Hong Kong banking and financial services sector will likely involve a few more steps, especially if you will be a difficult employee to replace.Leaving a role ‘properly’ will have long-term benefits. You may be tempted to slack during your notice...

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  • 5 Steps to Convincing Your Boss That a Sabbatical is a Good Idea

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​Asking for a career break is rarely easy, but a sabbatical offers more than a chance for you to recharge. Time away can be a vital opportunity for a company to identify stress points, reduce expenses and test aspiring leaders before they move up. This guide will walk you through every step you need to take to convince your boss to say yes. 

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  • Is Your Boss Invested in Your Career Development?

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​The digitisation of the banking and financial services sector in Hong Kong has transformed the industry landscape. Big data is providing a new level of financial analysis and this progression has led to the removal of the traditional career path for many professionals.It is now up to employees to drive their own career path with the support and guidance of their manager. Ho...

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  • How to Survive a Marathon Interview Process

    3 months ago by Katrina Chui

    ​When applying for crucial or senior roles within the Hong Kong banking and financial services sector, you can expect to be invited to a day-long interview process which will involve sitting down with several senior figures within the company to speak around different aspects of your suitability for the role and how you will fit into the company culture.These are growing in ...

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  • Why You Should Decline A Counter Offer

    5 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​“We’ll match what they’re offering.” It’s a moment that can catch you off guard. You’ve done the difficult bit, after all. You’ve survived marathon interview rounds, had your experience and expertise challenged, and come out on top – success, you’ve been offered the job! The only thing left to do was to rip off the band-aid and hand in your resignation. Unfortunately, your ...

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  • Why Your Business Should Invest in Work Life Balance

    7 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​For many employers and HR professionals in financial services, developing work-life balance strategies that bring tangible benefits to the business and their employees can be challenging. In a candidate-led market, employees have more choice than ever, and after salary and job security they state that work-life balance is the most important factor for job satisfaction. To a...

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  • How to Negotiate Your Salary

    9 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​Salary negotiation. Those two words fill most people with dread, but with the average salary up 9.3% from a decade ago and continuing to rise – can you afford not to negotiate?Women, in particular, are less likely to try. Linda Babcock’s book, Women Don’t Ask, revealed that only about 7% of women attempt to negotiate their first salary, compared to 57% of men. People who ne...

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  • How to Get the Pay Rise You Deserve

    9 months ago by Jay Chow

    ​No-one likes to talk about pay but are you missing out on a hard-earned raise? The average salary in the financial sector has increased by 9.3% over the last decade. Break the taboo and secure the pay rise you deserve. Start by asking.Know your worthBe prepared. Don't let impostor syndrome get the better of you and undervalue yourself. Likewise, don't expect your line manag...

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  • Why finance professionals are moving to Frankfurt in 2019

    about 1 year ago by Jay Chow

    ​A recent speech by Danièle Nouy, president of the Single Supervisory Mechanism of the European Central Bank (ECB), estimates at least 30 financial institutions have applied for new licenses to relocate to Frankfurt. Although the city may not quite compare to London, it’s quickly becoming one of top financial hubs in Europe.Financial marketing group Frankfurt Main Finance al...

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  • The Benefits of Using a Specialist Recruiter to Find Talent

    almost 2 years ago by Jay Chow

    ​Sourcing the right talent at the right time can prove arduous for any company. But the process becomes even more challenging when you work within a niche industry or sector. In these situations, a specialist recruiter can help find the perfect candidate for a hard to fill the role.There are several benefits a specialist recruiter can offer when looking to find niche talent:...

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  • How Working with a Specialist Recruiter Can Help Advance Your Career

    almost 2 years ago by Jay Chow

    ​Upon reaching Senior Executive level, the number of opportunities available for career development begins to decrease, while the competition increases. As you reach the competitive leadership positions, it’s vital to differentiate yourself from the other candidates in the market.In many circumstances, working with a specialist recruiter will help give you an edge when it co...

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  • Why Creativity is Key to Attracting and Retaining Quantitative Talent

    over 2 years ago by Jay Chow

    ​The rivalry for talent in quantitative research is extremely competitive, and banks are finding that the promise of a large pay check is no longer enough to lure the brightest quantitative minds. As more quantitative analysts leave the financial sector in search of more innovative opportunities, many banks have come to the realization that it is time for a change. If banks ...

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  • A Guide to Becoming a Contractor

    about 3 years ago by Jay Chow

    ​Many professionals are now considering contracting at some point in their career. The numerous benefits afforded by this way of working include flexible working environments, tax break benefits, and increased compensation. There are however also a number of considerations to take into account before accepting work on a contract basis.Whilst millions of candidates around the...

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