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Event staff in line for jobs with state firms

AS World Expo nears its end, some of the event's workers and volunteers will be gaining more than an unforgettable experience: they also have increased their chances of landing well-paid jobs in state-owned companies.

The Shanghai Corporate Joint Pavilion announced yesterday that it is launching a recruitment campaign to fill more than 1,000 posts at state-owned companies in the city.

Recruiters will look favorably on experience working at Expo pavilions or serving as volunteers. To clinch high-level posts, final applicants will have to compete on TV talent shows.

Jiang Qianqian, an official with the recruitment, said yesterday that employers will value people's working experience at the Expo site and recommendations from pavilion directors or representatives.

Some university students who graduate next summer have already missed some opportunities to look for jobs because of the Expo service, and "there should be a chance to pay them back," said Jiang.

Though state-owned corporations usually do not offer jobs suited for foreigners, Jiang said if overseas applicants meet requirements they would have access to the jobs too.

Zhang Jun, 26, a local white collar worker, was happy to hear the news and planned to apply as "jobs in state-owned firms are attractive."

And she agreed that volunteers and Expo workers should enjoy some preferential treatment. Zhang served as a volunteer and said she knew it was a hard job.

Jiang said this unusually large recruitment drive is aimed at developing the talent unearthed at the Expo.

The pavilion, also named "Magic Cube," takes the theme of "My City, Our Dream." It provides visitors with a 17-minute interactive experience in four zones - Sound of the City, Close to the Huangpu River, Road of Shanghai and Travel to the Future.

Details of the vacancies are available from the pavilion and online.


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