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Campus talk in Hong Kong Baptist University


In Oct 2018, Mclaren Consultancy held a CV writing and Interview workshop in Hong Kong Baptist University with Master Student from International Programme.


Our consultants, Mr. Jason Fung and Ms. Maude Piegay have shared with the participants on how to give an in-depth and personalized experience in writing their CV, the importance of how to give an outstanding first impression during an interview and also how to tackle different types of interviews.


We are very glad to see the ambition of their great attitude towards job hunting, and this is a key step of success in their career.



Generation Z Characteristics


The next generation to be entering the workforce is Generation Z, they will now be facing working with Millennials.

The difference between the two is important to know in order to prepare your business, shift marketing, adjust leadership, and adapt recruiting efforts to stay relevant for the future.

Gen Z and Millennials have a lot in common, but there are many ways in which the two generations differ.


1. Money Driven

Generation Z may tend to look at security and money. This is a rational generation — they care about making a difference but are ultimately motivated by ensuring they have a secure life outside of work. As they were still young during the recession, which they may have seen their parent struggle to take on the financial hits. While millennials are often seen as more idealistic, and more motivated by purpose than cash.


2. More Competitive

Generation Z is said to be competitive and independent, they tend to work individually, and they want to be recognised by their own work so that their skills and abilities can shine through, instead of being judged as a team. This also refers to how their parents has taught them to work hard with reward to come at the end. However, Millennials are said to be cooperative and teamwork oriented. They want to work in an environment where inclusion is a priority, and where everybody works together to advance goals.


3. Multitask (More Than Millennials)

Generation Z is living in a connected world, they use different apps to stay in touch with the digital world by constantly updating their status. They tend to switch between different tasks and share immediate response, it is natural for them to pay attention to all kinds of stimuli. This can be perfect for a workplace that requires multitasking. Also they do not have such a strict division between work and home, which may change the workplace even more in the next few years.


4. More Entrepreneurial

Due to the independence and desire for financial success, Generation Z is more likely to want to start a business than millennials, as they are eager to driven themselves and willing to work hard to achieve their dreams. Therefore, they are likely to soak up as much knowledge as they can and take on many different challenges.


5. True Digital Natives

Generation Z, has been living in a digital world full of smartphones and free Wi-Fi for as long as they can remember. They easily switch between platforms and technologies and pick up new software in no time. This has become a nature habit for them when comes to technology compare to millennials.


6. To Be Cared For

Generation Z expects the workplace to meet their needs. They are similar to millennials in this way and are actually similar to the baby boomer generation. This attitude has an impact on the workplace.


There are significant intergenerational differences between millennials and young people who have just entered the workplace. Of course, every member of a generation is an individual and has its own unique characteristics, but remembering these summaries can help you prepare for a new generation of people to work the world.

Profile photo on CV, to do or not to do?


Without doubt every candidate wants to stand out in front of every other competitors. Before you want to take any action, please think about the following questions: Why you should include a photo? And Why you shouldn’t include a photo?


Why you should include a photo?

The industry that you have selected plays a significant role. Candidates in other professions apart from creative professionals might benefit from adding a cv photo. Including a photo of yourself on your resume can help you develop your personal brand. And, by using the same photo that appears on your LinkedIn accounts, a consistent professional image will stuck into interviewers’ mind. By doing so it will help to build your own brand.

Moreover, we are now living in the visually driven era of social media. Just look at the popularity of platforms like Facebook and Instagram, where eye-catching photos are key to generating clicks and followers online. This directly relates to including a headshot on a CV, since hiring managers are naturally drawn to visual elements. Thus, adding a photo to your resume can potentially capture a hiring manager or recruiter’s attention—and lead to a job interview.


Why you shouldn’t include a photo?

This depends on the field that you are choosing from. For some conservative field like information technology, health care, or finance, it’s probably best to not add a photo to your CV. The reason behind is that you want the employer to focus on your ability instead.

If you would like to include a photo on your CV, go to a professional photographer and get one done. As they have much better equipment and skill to make you look more professional than having a friend or family member snap a quick photo of you.

Make sure that you are properly dressed for the photo, be sure that it is a businesslike portrait or a dress code that suits your job nature. Photos should be recent, show only the head and shoulders on a neutral background, and feature you in your normal professional attire. After all, you don’t want your future employer to have a wrong first impression on you right?