You've finished your contract! Hong Kong is a difficult place to work and it takes courage, patience, flexibility and skill to finish a contract. Depending on your experience many employers will be interested in interviewing you.
How much will it cost you? ZERO. You've finished a contract!
Clarify your situation:
- When will you finish your contract?
- When did you last leave Hong Kong?
- Do you want to have a break in the Philippines between contracts? If so, for how long?
- What is the nature of your termination: finish contract? employer's financial problem? relocation of your employer outside of Hong Kong? or the person you were caring for has died?
- If your case is not a simple "finish contract" has your employer clearly stated the reason for early termination both on the notice to you and the notice to Immigration?
- What type of employer are you looking for?
Arrow partners with HelperChoice to serve finish contract helpers. They have a large number of registered users who are looking for finished contract helpers. Registering with HelperChoice is a good way for you to find your next employer.
Ask lots of questions
The first time you worked in HK, the employer chose you. This time you get to choose! Write down and ask the questions that most concern you.
- Their expectations?
- Their goals for the family? children?
- Their priorities?
- Where will I sleep?
- Day off? Curfew?
- Salary? (yes you can negotiate this too)
Behave Professionally at all times
- When you are directly in contact with employers, you should have a professional attitude.
- When you contact employers, introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in this job.
- Clean up your facebook. Many prospective employers will check you out on facebook. If you have a lot of sexy selfies, or crude/funny videos prospective employers will say "Thanks, but No thanks."
- Dress appropriately for a job interview
- If you are meeting for an interview, be on time. If you can't make it, inform the employer with a good explanation.
- If you don't want to accept the offer, politely thank them for the offer, but tell them it is not the right fit for you. If they ask "Why?" you don't need to explain. Just say "I'm sorry ma'am / sir. It's just not right for me."
Wait for your Work Visa
A work visa for a contract finisher generally takes 3-4 weeks. By law you are not allowed to go to work for your new employer UNTIL you have the work visa. Your new employer may want you to come early. We strongly advise you not to do so, but to wait for the work visa.
If you want Arrow to process your application ask your new employer to process the visa application through Arrow Employment Services.