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Vol. 139 Apr 2020
Cyberport’s First Virtual Career Fair attracted 9,000+ job applications
To cope with the anti-pandemic measures of ensuring social distancing, Cyberport moved its annual Career Fair online with a virtually larger scale held on 3-4 April. The new online format was met with great enthusiasm by job seekers and recruiters alike, resulting in a bigger turnout than last year with record high job openings and job applications.

Nearly 3,000 job seekers took in Cyberport’s first Virtual Career Fair featuring more than 800 job openings from over 130 companies, along with more than 50 online workshops, seminars, and career planning consultation sessions. During the two-day live events, more than 9,000 applications were submitted for positions in such diverse businesses as virtual banking, virtual insurance, AI, blockchain, EdTech, e-commerce, healthcare, among many others.

“Tech enterprises are continually seeking brilliant minds to join their ranks,” said Dr George Lam, Chairman of Cyberport. “Although a weaker job market overall is expected this year, opportunities are still there for young people if they are willing and ready to be innovative, equip themselves with new knowhow, and continue to gain an understanding on the latest technologies and market trends.”
Expedited digital transformation attracts new talent
While technical positions made up more than half of the available jobs, ample positions related to business development were offered, which represented more than 30% of the openings. Such job offers like business analysis, project management and marketing are most competitive, receiving 60% of the total applications.  The job vacancies are open to graduates of diverse backgrounds, where nearly 30% of them hold postgraduate qualifications or doctorates, and 60% listed a bachelor’s degree as their highest level of education.

“This demonstrates that digital transformation expedited by the pandemic brought forth important opportunities during the challenging times and surprising results in talent demand. It reflects a growing interest in I&T by job seekers and their confidence in the prospects of the tech industry,” said Eric Chan, Chief Public Mission Officer of Cyberport.
Two-way platform boosted interactive experience
The new online platform offered a novel interactive experience for job applications and career consultation through diverse features of virtual recruiter booths, chat rooms and live seminar/workshop sessions.   Company representatives communicated instantly with job seekers via text or video, conducted one-on-one CV consultation and career planning assessment supported by HR professionals.

During the fair period, the virtual fair racked up some 73,000 page views, with more than 11,000 chat interactions held by job seekers, employers, and HR representatives.

Eric added that the success of the event has prompted “Cyberport to actively consider hosting both physical and virtual career fairs simultaneously next year to assist more I&T enterprises in talent acquisition and to promote the I&T industry’s further development in Hong Kong.”

The Virtual Career Fair platform will remain open until the end of June for job seekers to browse available jobs and review the recorded seminar sessions. Click HERE for details.
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