Applying for Part-time jobs? Here’re some tips!

The heat is approaching and that means summer holiday is here! If you’re hoping to earn some extra cash in your spare time, check out these tips we have for you!

Social media is your new best friend

We all know that social media plays an important part in our lives nowadays, but did you know that it is where all the treasues are hidden?

Facebook Groups

Facebook is not only a place where you can post your latest adventure to Bali! There’re many local groups specifically created for part-time job-seekers, or private tutors! Try searching for “Hong Kong Job Board”, “Hong Kong Part-Time Jobs” etc. in the Facebook search bar.

Use Relevant Keywords

Whether you are looking for seasonal positions or part-time roles, you can easily find the most updated hiring information with a few hashtags and keywords! Examples of searchable keywords are “Hong Kong part-time”, “freelance hk” etc..

Looking for jobs in your neighbourhood

If you want to be more specific, say find jobs around where you’re based, try adding the location into your search. For example, “Mong Kok part-time”.

Looking for jobs in a particular industry

If you are a huge brown-sugar bubble tea fanatic, you might want to work for a Taiwanese bubble tea shop! Try terms like “gongcha hiring”, “bubble tea baristas”!

Old but gold, just walk into a hiring shop

Small businesses often put out hiring ads on their door or shop notice boards! You might think walking in and introducing yourself is what your mom and dad used to do, but it still works! For part-time and junior positions, many are hired on the spot! Just grab your CV and let’s get started!


No work experience? Talk about your volunteering experience!

Many students, especially if fresh out of secondary school, have little to no work experience. While it might say “relevant experience is preferred” on the job ad, go for it anyways! For frontline customer service roles, while having some experience is ideal, many managers are willing to train you as long as you’re a friendly employee! During the interview, if you’re asked about any previous experience, try to relate that what you’ve done at school. For instance, you might not have had a customer service job, but you’ve helped people when you volunteered. Or you have never worked in a team, but you’ve organised school activities with your schoolmates. Note that when the interviewer asked if you have any experience, they are looking for qualities and personality traits, evidence that show you’ll be a suitable employee!

What to wear to an interview

As hot as it is out there, avoid wearing spaghetti straps, shorts, or flip-flops to an interview! Try a simple t-shirt with jeans, this would help make a good impression.


Understand your rights with “4.18”

For many, the toughest part of their first job is not understanding their rights! You might think that as a part-time staff, you’re not entitled to any benefits. But that’s not always the case! In Hong Kong, as long as you are employed continuously by the same employer for four weeks or more, with at least 18 hours worked in each week is regarded as being employed under a continuous contract. This means you’re entitled to sick leaves, paid annual leaves and more, even if you’re just a part-time staff!

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