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All's fair as students' job search begins

THOUSANDS of job hunters flocked to the first job fairs in the city after the Spring Festival holiday over the weekend, with posts in marketing and sales the most widely available.

It was estimated that more than half the employers at the fair at the Shanghai Stadium were offering marketing and sales jobs, and companies were employing more people than last year.

Cao, a manager with the Guangdong Development Bank, said that the bank's Shanghai center had 20 sales posts on offer, which was about 30 percent more than last year.

But some job seekers are still finding it hard to find suitable employment.

Yang, 25, who graduated from a university in Hunan Province in 2008, has been offered several interviews but hasn't decided whether to attend or not because the salaries offered were not attractive.

Most companies at the job fairs were offering monthly salaries of 1,500 yuan (US$220) to 2,000 yuan plus bonuses for marketing and sales jobs.

Yang had been expecting to earn around 2,500 yuan.

More than 2,000 employers offered almost 10,000 posts at the job fairs in Shanghai Stadium and the Shanghai Grand Stage, said Huang, an official with the Xinfaxian Human Resources Co, which organized the fairs.

Huang said compared to the same period of last year, there were 50 percent more employers and 50 percent more posts available.

But Gu Jiahui, a law student from Shanghai University of Political Science and Law who graduates this summer, said she saw few job opportunities related to her major.

Employers also expressed dissatisfaction with job applicants.

One communications company spokesman said they received more than 50 resumes in two hours at a fair at the Shanghai Everbright Exhibition Center, but only a few had the qualifications they were seeking.

About 168,000 students will graduate from the city's universities and colleges this summer, compared with 158,000 last year. And more than 10,000 young people, who graduated last year or earlier, will also be joining in the hunt for jobs this year.


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