Here you can find the information and services the Government offers to job seekers, no matter you are a newcomer to the job market, changing jobs or being unemployed.
Seeking Employment Services
The Labour Department's (LD) Interactive Employment Service (iES) website enables job seekers to search for suitable jobs easily. Furthermore, to assist employees who are recently retrenched, the LD has established under the website a dedicated webpage named "Enhanced Placement Service", which lists job vacancies from employers who are interested in recruiting them.
Job seekers may register as members of iES to enjoy services such as Job Alert, Online Application and access the Resume Building tool.
For existing members of iES and MyGovHK, logging into job seeker member accounts of iES is now made easier. Job seekers may log into MyGovHK and select “Access Interactive Employment Service of Labour Department” under the List of Online Services to link up their iES and MyGovHK accounts. After the linkup, job seekers can directly access their iES account on MyGovHK.
- Search for jobs via Interactive Employment Servicehttp://www.jobs.gov.hk/1/0/redirect3.aspx?link=/1/0/webform&lang=en
- List of job vacancies from Enhanced Placement Servicehttp://www.jobs.gov.hk/1/0/redirect3.aspx?lang=en&link=%2f1%2f0%2fWebForm%2fjobseeker%2fjobsearch%2fquickview.aspx%3fResetTimeStamp%3dtrue%26SearchFor%3dprogram%26id%3dEPS
- Access or register with MyGovHKhttp://www.gov.hk/en/theme/mygovhk/
Besides searching jobs online or through LD's Job Centres, job seekers can attend various recruitment activities organised by the LD, where some employers will interview and recruit job applicants on the spot.
- Receive notifications for large-scale job fair informationhttp://www.gov.hk/en/residents/employment/jobsearch/jobfairinfo.htm
- Latest recruitment activitieshttp://www.jobs.gov.hk/1/0/redirect3.aspx?lang=en&link=%2f1%2f0%2fWebForm%2fjobfairs.aspx
- More on Recruitment Centre for the Catering Industryhttp://www.jobs.gov.hk/1/0/WebForm/information/en/info_rcci.aspx
- More on Recruitment Centre for the Retail Industryhttp://www.jobs.gov.hk/1/0/WebForm/information/en/retail/index.aspx
- More on Construction Industry Recruitment Centrehttp://www.jobs.gov.hk/1/0/WebForm/information/en/construction_jobs/page1.aspx
Applying for Government Jobs
The Government takes the initiative to create employment opportunities. One of the means is to offer job vacancies for both civil service posts and non-civil service positions. The following link will take you to details on how to apply for government jobs.
- More information on applying for government jobshttp://www.gov.hk/en/residents/employment/jobsearch/applygovtjobs.htm
Enhancing Job Hunting Skills
Good preparation is the key to pinning down a job offer. The following link leads to helpful information on finding a job, including application letter and CV writing tips, interview techniques and how to avoid employment traps.
- Job Hunting Briefcase from Labour Departmenthttp://www.jobs.gov.hk/1/0/WebForm/information/en/ig/jh_bc/ig_jh_info_1.aspx
To up your chances of finding a job, you may want to retrain your skills or learn new ones. The Employees Retraining Board provides employees with various training programmes, such as job specific courses and workplace language courses for people aged 15 or above and with education attainment of sub-degree or below, as well as special programmes for new arrivals, the youth and ethnic minorities. Online enquiry and enrollment service are also available.
- More on training services for employeeshttp://www.erb.org/training_courses/erb_courses/manpower_development_scheme/en/
Starting Up Your Own Business
You may be thinking of starting your own business while looking for a job. The following link leads to information and support services for business operation.
- More on support for local enterprises & SMEshttp://www.gov.hk/en/business/supportenterprises/localenterprises/
The Support and Consultation Centre for SMEs (SUCCESS) of the Trade and Industry Department provides a range of useful information and consultation services for starting up business in Hong Kong, including licensing requirements for running various types of business in Hong Kong. For young people aged 18 to 35 who aspire to be business starters, Youth Business Hong Kong provides handy advice and support services.
- More on SUCCESShttp://www.success.tid.gov.hk/english/aboutus/aboutus.html
- More on information and support services for young business startershttp://www.youth.gov.hk/en/info-centre/career/starting-business.htm
Obtaining More Information about Different Industries
You may make reference to the manpower survey reports published by various Vocational Training Council Training Boards and General Committees.
- Information from manpower surveyshttp://www.vtc.edu.hk/html/en/about/manpower_survey.html
Why not consider the opportunity of going back to school? The Continuing Education Fund subsidises adults for pursuing continuing education and training courses. You can check out the details on the eligibility, application and reimbursable courses below.
- More on study options for adult learnershttp://www.gov.hk/en/residents/education/continuinged/training/options/adult.htm
- More on Continuing Education Fundhttp://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef/intro.htm
Managing Stress in times of Difficulties
Some may suffer from undue stress and anxiety while staying jobless. However, there are always ways to stay positive. You can click on the links for more information on how to deal with stress and emotional problems, and where to turn to when you feel hopeless.
- How to Deal with Unemployment Pamphlet (pdf file, available in Chinese only)http://www3.ha.org.hk/cph/imh/doc/information/publications/1_01.pdf
- More on mental health education information (available in Chinese only)http://www3.ha.org.hk/cph/imh/en/information/mental.html
- More on stress management and professional helphttp://www.cheu.gov.hk/eng/info/mental.htm
Last revision date: January 2016