Job Fairs Came as Hope for Jobs
Due to the global economic recession, job seeker started hunting even before the Spring Festival ends. Around 30,000 people poured into the first job fair in the capital on February 6. They were anxious to wait in the long line for about half an hour in order to gain access to the new hall of the Agriculture Exhibition Center. Unfortunately, many of them were kept outside, even having a ticket in hand, because of the overcrowded hall.
At the same time, the job market will be patronized by more that 7 million college graduates. And about 9 million urban unemployed would be hit by the slim possibility of getting a job.
The job fair lasted for two days. And the candidates were scrambling for the 3,000 to 4,000 posts offered by about 300 employers.
“We can get from the look of the fair that the job market is doom now,” Li Shuyu, a fair organizer, said, “We have strengthened the security for the fair. Many job hunters were unwilling to leave the hall even after the fair closed at 4 pm because they wanted to have a few more words with their prospective employers.”
Since the global economic recession attacked the job hunters in its strength this year, the government would meet the toughest period in the first half of this year. For this, it has to prepare for almost 8 percent GDP growth against the double-digit increase in the years before. And the registered urban unemployment rate is expected to be kept at 4.6 percent this year, reaching the lowest point since 1980.
A large number of people outside Beijing could not resist the temptation of finding a job and were attracted to the two-day fair. “We came here in the belief that Beijing would offer more opportunities,” said a woman from Shandong province who was accompanying her daughter. “But we’ve found there are more job seekers here.”
The lady, with her daughter, is still staying in the hotel with the intention to attend more job fairs to be held in the weeks to come. She said that her daughter was under great burden, so she could not just let her hunt a job alone.
Job markets are not only the straw for people who are young, weak and fresh, but those with perfect capability. Chen Liuyu, the former vice-president of a container company, is the one in case. He quit shortly after the company launched a restructure plan as the result of the global financial crisis. He said in the first time he attended a job fair that he had always kept an open mind and he just wanted to figure out the fair that day. He was in full confidence that he would get an ideal job in no time with his 30 year experience.
As it was reported officially that about 20 million migrant workers had been driven out of career since many labor-intensive factories handling export business had slowed down resulting from the crisis.
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