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Hong Kong

January 17 - 19, 2025

HONG KONG
CHINESE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Fair Organizer: Xiaohang Sumner

1. WELCOME

Started over ten years ago, the Hong Kong Fair has expanded in line with the tremendous growth of international education in Asia and has established itself as one of the major and successful mid-size fair options offered by Search Associates. 

The Hong Kong Fair is held right at the peak of the recruiting season. The fair is attended by schools mostly from the Greater China region, but also from the rest of Asia. The fair brings together candidates from a wide diversity of nationalities, whilst 20% of the candidates are ethnically Chinese. Please see “Schools” and “Candidates Profile” for more information.

Attending the Hong Kong Fair offers both candidates and school recruiters the opportunity to schedule interviews with each other to determine if a good "fit" exits. In addition, our fairs offer an excellent opportunity to network with other international teaching candidates (as well as recruiters) and get a good sense of the joys and challenges of working in international education. 

2. PERSONAL ATTENTION

Among the peak-season January fairs, the Hong Kong Fair is mid-size, selective but still with many schools, so the candidate-to-school is roughly the same as at the other fairs. Attending the more focused Hong Kong Fair will enable both schools and candidates to have more time for and attention to each other, allowing for better understanding and “fit”. The better “fit” between school and candidate, the higher chance of success not only at the fair, but more importantly, after arrival at the school.

3. DATES

The timing of the Hong Kong Fair is quite advantageous, as it is neither too early nor too late in the international recruiting cycle. School recruiters will be able to interview a large pool of excellent candidates and candidates will have access to a large number of positions.

The fair will consist of school presentations, informative workshops, interview sign-up sessions and most importantly, job interviews with top recruiters!

  • Recruiters: Arrive in Hong Kong by Friday afternoon. Mandatory to register at the Fair Hotel during 5-6:30 pm on Friday. Leave the Fair Venue after 5 pm Saturday and before noon on Sunday.
  • Candidates: Arrive in Hong Kong by Friday evening or very early morning on Saturday. Mandatory to register at the Fair Venue during 8-9 am on Saturday. Leave the Fair Venue by noon on Sunday.

4. LOCATIONS

The Fair Venue, the campus of Chinese International School, is where most of the fair events will take place.

The Fair Hotels are hotels close to the Fair Venue with which we have arranged special discount rates for registered participants.

  • Recruiters are recommended to stay at the Crowne Plaza. Recruiter registration and reception will take place at the Crowne Plaza on Friday.
  • Candidates have the option to stay at the Holiday Inn Express.
  • Shuttle bus service will be provided to the Fair Venue for guests staying at the Fair Hotels.
  • For registered participants, please click “Fair Venue and Fair Hotels” for booking information.

5. INVITATION

The fair opens its books for school and candidate registrations in mid-August.  As we were full last year and expect the same next year, we ask schools and candidates to register as early as possible to reserve a place. 

Recruiters:

  • Please go to your school's Dashboard and accept your invitation. If you do not have an invitation yet, please request an invitation from your school’s Dashboard.

Teaching and Leadership Candidates

  • If you are already registered with the Hong Kong office, please request an invitation from your Dashboard.
  • If you are not yet registered with Search, please contact us for information on joining Search Associates and attending the Hong Kong Fair.
  • If you are registered with another Senior Associate, please contact him/her to request an invitation to the Hong Kong Fair. 

6. MORE INFO

Xiaohang Sumner and Hong Kong Fair Team

 

 

In the last six years, over 150 schools from across Asia and the world have come to this fair to recruit international school teachers and administrators. 

SCHOOLS FROM OUTSIDE HONG KONG/MACAO/CHINA WHICH HAVE ATTENDED THE HONG KONG FAIR INCLUDE:

  • Aga Khan Academy, Maputo
  • American International School, Vietnam
  • Ayeyarwaddy International School
  • Branksome Hall Asia
  • CfBT Education Trust (vacancies in Brunei)
  • GEMS World Academy, Singapore and Malaysia
  • Hanoi International School, Vietnam
  • Hiroshima International School
  • International School of Central Switzerland
  • International School of Ho Chi Minh City
  • International School of Ulaanbaatar
  • I-Shou International School, Kaohsiung
  • Ivy Collegiate Academy, Taichung
  • Jakarta and Sinarmas World Academy, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Korea International School, Jeju   
  • Nagoya International School
  • Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Astana, Kazakstan
  • Orchlon School, Ulaanbaatar
  • QSI -- Quality Schools Int'l (37 schools in 30 Countries)
  • Saigon South International School, HCMC
  • Seoul Foreign School
  • Seoul International School
  • The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Boys
  • The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls, Abu Dhabi
  • Whittle School & Studios
  • Yongsan International School of Seoul

SCHOOLS FROM HONG KONG/MACAO/CHINA WHICH HAVE COME AT LEAST SIX TIMES DURING THE LAST EIGHT YEARS:

  • Chinese International School, Hong Kong
  • Creative Secondary School, Hong Kong
  • HD Hurtwood House China
  • Hong Kong Academy
  • International School of Nanshan Shenzhen
  • Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School
  • Shanghai United International School
  • Shen Wai International School, Shenzhen
  • Shenzhen College of International Education
  • The Independent Schools Foundation Academy, Hong Kong
  • United World College of Changshu China
  • YK Pao School, Shanghai

SCHOOLS FROM HONG KONG/MACAO/CHINA THAT HAVE COME THREE OR FOUR TIMES DURING THE LAST EIGHT YEARS INCLUDE:

  • Affiliated High School of South China Normal University
  • Alcanta International College, Guangzhou
  • American International School, Hong Kong
  • American School Hong Kong
  • Bromsgrove School Mission Hills
  • Canadian International School Beijing
  • Canadian International School Guangzhou
  • Daystar Academy
  • Diocesan Boys' School
  • Haileybury International School Tianjin
  • Hong Kong International School
  • International Christian School
  • Mount Kelly School, Hong Kong
  • Ningbo Huamao International School
  • Overseas Chinese Academy Suzhou
  • Shanghai Singapore International School
  • Shanghai United International School, Gubei Campus
  • Shanghai United International School, Pudong Campus
  • Shanghai Vanke Bilingual School
  • Shekou International School
  • Shenzhen (Nanshan) Concord College of Sino-Canada
  • The International School of Macao
  • ULink College Guangzhou
  • Victoria Shanghai Academy
  • Western International School of Shanghai
  • Wuhan Ulink College of China Optics Valley
  • Xi'an Hi-Tech International School
  • Yew Chung International School
  • Yew Chung International School of Beijing
  • Yew Chung International School of Chongqing
  • Yew Chung International School of Qingdao
  • Yew Chung International School of Shanghai
  • The vast majority of candidates attending this fair have international curriculum experience (e.g. IB) with over 50% having more than 10 years international school experience.
  • We are very proud of our diversity track record at the Hong Kong Fair. In January 2022, candidates who are citizens of forty (40) countries are represented at the fair and they are residing in fifty (50) countries all over the world.
  • Typically 25% of all hires made as a result of the fair are from schools based in Hong Kong, the rest are from mainland China, the other parts of Asia and the world.

How to attend the fair:

Attendance at this fair is by invitation only.  Candidates need to have registered with Search Associates, well in advance of the Fair, and then requested an invitation to the fair. Please note that “Checking” interest in the Hong Kong-January Fair on the Search Associate online application does NOT constitute an invitation.  Your place at the Fair is only definite when you have received confirmation on your Search dashboard.

For more information, prospective and Registered Candidates are welcome to join us at one of our free online job search seminars. Click here to sign up.

RECRUITMENT FAIR COMMENTS from candidates

"I attended the Hong Kong Job Fair and took the advice about being open-minded. This led to me speaking to a school that was a really great match in terms of personality and to a location that really fits what I am looking for. Job searching can be a really stressful process but Search Associates made the whole process easy and somewhat enjoyable! So thank you so much!" -- Michael Lattimore (2020)
"As a new teacher, I was very lost with how I could get my foot in the door. The fair was not only a great networking experience, but it was also an opportunity that opened many more doors for me. Especially as a new teacher, this fair helped provide me with contacts, resources, and memorable conversations. A simple conversation can go a long way, and I am very grateful to Search Associates for providing that platform!" — Kelly Chang (2020)
"We are really impressed with the quality of the people and schools attending the Search Associates Job Fair. We had many interviews and all went well. When we got home, we had an offer from a school we really loved and ended up accepting it a couple of days later. Thank you Search Associates for helping us connect to so many great educators in such a short time." — Andrew and Danielle Aversen (2016)
"Joining Search Associates has been one of the best professional decisions I have made and I look forward to being a candidate for years to come. I would like to wholeheartedly thank the entire Search team for their hard work and exceptional platform for international teachers." — Yaiza Morales (2018)
"Search Associates has proven to be an essential tool for upgrading my career." — Luigi Mondino (2017)
">"Thank you to Search Associates for the professional services and assistance with our job search. We are very happy with the opportunity to join Hangzhou International school, and very pleased that they were searching for 'veterans' who could add depth to their expanding school." — Marisa Confait (2017)
"Once again I would like to take the time to thank you for organizing the fair and offering your guidance. I have already signed my contract and just deactivated my account. I hope this will be an exciting experience for me professionally and a good choice for my family. It looks very promising!" — Emilija Simonovska Stojanovski (2017)
"I'd like to thank you for all the work you do in setting up these fair opportunities for us all. I'm glad I decided to come to the fair this weekend. It was fairly laid back and very positive. It was run efficiently and everyone I was in contact with was very professional, from associates to recruiters to candidates. I will surely recommend Search to other teachers and use you all if I'm job hunting again in the future. The hope is that it won't be for a long time! May Thanks." — Nick Staffa (2017)

Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area: Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area (including HK, Macao, Shenzhen and Zhuhai) is a booming and highly innovative region, now with 30-min high-speed fast-boat, highway, commuter-train connections between them. People commute daily to go to school or work, i.e. they may live in Shenzhen and commute to go to Hong Kong for school/work and vice versa. Take a look at the 55 km bridge connecting these cities here: Hong Kong - Zhuhai - Macao Bridge (hzmb.gov.hk) - " longest bridge-cum-tunnel sea crossing in the world". From what many of my candidates tell me, it is the place to be for many young people with lots of offer.

China – New Developments: China has offered visa-free travel to many countries and has also joined the Apostille Convention so that the long process of legalizing documents for visas is now a thing of the past. In addition, the tax benefits for foreign employees have been extended to 2027. Please see:

China – Air Quality: On a different front, the country has been steadfastly committed to reducing pollution over the last ten years, with visible and significant improvements on air quality. See this report by CNN: Chinese people are living two years longer thanks to 'war on pollution,' report says | CNN

China – Schools: The schools in China have also matured and the landscape more settled, with schools not able to cope with the shocks in recent years merging or disappearing, so the schools that are recruiting at the Hong Kong Fair are of more stable and higher quality than what we had seen before the pandemic. Many of the school leaders have been in China for over ten years, so if you have further questions, feel free to ask them directly.

Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Harry Deelman was at various times headmaster of schools in a fascinating foursome of global cities: Buenos Aires, Rome, Dubai, and Bangkok.