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Drive to target campus recruits

THE city's campus recruitment drive began in earnest yesterday as companies seek elite additions to their staff.

The Shanghai Human Resources Consulting Association has launched a series of recruitment services for college graduates seeking jobs.

Representatives of domestic and overseas companies, including KPMG, ExxonMobil and Alibaba, were on campuses yesterday.

An on-campus job fair is scheduled at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics on November 17, bringing more than 100 employers from home and abroad to meet graduates.

On-site career consulting will also be available during the fair, according to CIIC Shanghai Foreign Enterprises Service Company, its organizer.

"I'm happy with the recruitment fairs - they show the financial crisis is abating," said Luo Lei, a new graduate of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

"I think it will be easier for graduates to find jobs this year."

However, although the economy has bounced back, government officials and experts still hold doubts about graduates' employment prospects.

"Though the job market is enjoying a recovery from last year's financial crisis, it is still hard to predict better employment prospects for graduates," said Zhu Qingyang, the secretary-general of the association.

Zhu's worries were echoed by city education authorities and experts, despite surprisingly healthy student job figures.

Up to the end of last month, about 90.6 percent of this year's graduating students have landed a job, been accepted by a graduate school, signed up for overseas studies or started their own business, education authorities revealed yesterday in a meeting with the delegates of the Shanghai People's Congress.

Many delegates suggested the government should strengthen career education in schools and offer more funding and favorable policies for students intended to start their own businesses.


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