Book of Job

Life experience in their teens

Summer jobs can be great. Not only can they offer us a chance to learn some useful skills but they also help us get valuable life experiences. Just ask junior reporters Cameron James Tucker and Jack Sze Wing-leong.

Wednesday, 6 June, 2012, 12:00am

So difficult to hire good help these days

Gordon McKie has become the latest high-profile, highly paid overseas recruit to abandon ship after coming to Hong Kong for a quickie. The Football Association's first chief executive took a three-week holiday back home in Scotland before the end of his six- month probationary period and returned just in time to negotiate a face-saving package for him to leave town for good.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers will Rule the Future

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink Riverhead

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Prebble goes against instructions, but gets the job done well

The newest team in town struck again when Brett Prebble won the SKOL Cup (1,200m) on Final Answer for John Moore, but he was wondering mid-race what kind of reception he might get if he didn't get home first.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Miss Fix-It

Jenny Ma runs her own household repairs business. Listen to two conversations she has on the phone with customers, and then answer the questions and fill in the forms.

1 How old do you think Jenny is?

a. 25

b. 18

c. 45

2 When did she become interested in do-it-yourself?

a. at university

25 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Note 'golden rule' in dealing with applicants

Think you can afford to brush off an eager job applicant? Think again.

A global report and survey by Alexander Mann Solutions (AMS) has revealed that certain professionals may be less inclined to do business with companies with which they have had negative interview experiences.

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Weapons for job hunting

The lengthy sub-title of this work is 'How to Stand Out from the Crowd and Tap Into The Hidden Job Market Using Social Media and 999 Other Tactics Today' - which is another way of saying that this is a kind of 'Job-hunting for Dummies' offering. But the Dummies series has its uses, and so does this book.

22 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

A job may not make life perfect

Graduation from university is no longer a sure route to success and prosperity for mainlanders. With keen competition in the job market, good offers are hard to find.

Liang Ruiting recently found a job five months after graduating from university. It seemed good news, but she faced another problem.

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Secret to securing post is preparation

Most candidates will say that the most important stage of securing a job is the interview. It is the one and only chance to make a good impression on the potential employer.

Therefore, candidates should be well prepared before going for the one-on-one interview.

4 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Gaps in the CV

Hopping from one job to the next may sound appealing, but it is not for the people looking at your curriculum vitae (CV).

According to a human resources manager at a financial services company, most employers wouldn't consider a CV with a long string of jobs.

15 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Labour of love for veteran volunteers

Sometimes friendship grows out of a common interest, and for Canadian Glenn Blake and Englishman Rick Hooley it has grown out of being veteran volunteers.

'We met a few years back doing this job. We keep in touch via e-mail now that I have moved to Spain, says Hooley.

23 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Be careful when choosing a job

Youngsters are eager to find jobs, and some people take advantage of this to deceive them.

For example, they may promise a high salary to attract job seekers, only revealing the true nature of the job after the applicants have signed contracts.

19 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Winning big jobs is the biggest thrill of all

Beating the competition to a lucrative contract is the most exciting part of the role of Thomas Tang as director of valuation and advisory services in Hong Kong at CB Richard Ellis

1 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Have you ever had a summer job?

Yu Kung-ho, 17

Top tunes: Canto-pop

I have not had a summer job before. I don't intend to find one this summer because I want to spend my time studying for next year's HKCEE. But I think it's good to gain work experience. Once you know how hard it is to work, you will treasure your carefree school life and study harder.

Lau Tak-kin, 15

29 May 2008 - 12:00am

Personal statement is a crucial element

Most of my adult students tell me they are taking a course in English to help them improve their long-term employment prospects. Then when I ask them to tell me a little about their job, their strengths and weaknesses, they struggle.

19 Apr 2008 - 12:00am