I’ve been a bit reticent about pushing this topic too hard here, but since nothing else is working ….
It’s now been almost 5-1/2 months since I’ve held a full time job. I’ve been working part time – doing some IT consulting and also picking up some photography work. So there’s money coming in – but orders of magnitude less than what I need to get by, even with all the cutting back I’ve been doing in recent months. I need a job. Full time. Permanent or contract, doesn’t matter. I need a job, and soon.
I’ve had some interviews here and there. I’m not sure if this qualifies as Murphy’s Law or Catch 22 but those companies that were interested in me held no interest for me, while those positions that I really cared about slipped away. I know in some of these instances my age is working against me, although of course it’s never mentioned.
January is rapidly approaching, The job market in Hong Kong stays slow in January in anticipation of the Chinese New Year Break. But things should be opening up a bit past New Years. I’m here and I’m ready to work.
I’m close to the point of having to make some tough decisions – whether that’s moving to a place drastically smaller than the one I’m currently living in or leaving Hong Kong altogether.
I’m constantly nagging head hunters, all of whom tell me that the market is slow at my level. I’m continually calling and emailing friends, many of whom are trying their best to help. I’ve been using Twitter and LinkedIn as tools. The one thing I’ve never been any good at is striking up conversations with strangers in bars, the kind of business networking that seems to happen a lot here. When I think about it, the only people whom I haven’t asked for help are my readers. So I’m doing that now.
Here’s the deal on me, for those who don’t know:
- 26 years experience in IT, 17 of those years at the management level.
- 15 years based on Hong Kong with experience managing projects, support and staff across the region.
- Experience managing simultaneous projects with budgets up to US$20 million.
- Experience managing teams across multiple countries.
- Able to work with all levels of users from admins up to C suite executives.
- Previous employers have included Warner Bros, Charles Schwab, Merrill Lynch, Sybase and Barclays as well as a variety of start-ups in the U.S. and Hong Kong.
Aside from the above, I’m a part-time professional photographer and co-owner of PASM Workshop, a successful photo studio here in Hong Kong. I’ve written for the South China Morning Post and BC Magazine and my photos have appeared in U.S. and H.K. publications.
I’m open to part-time or short-term contracts as well as permanent positions and I’m open to considering locations other than Hong Kong.
So please, if you know of anything, or know of anyone I should get in touch with, please let me know. Please share this with your friends. Contact me to get my full CV.
Thanks for reading this. Really.