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Experience is the key for civil service

ALMOST 54,000 people took the city's annual civil service recruitment exam over the weekend, competing for just over 4,000 government jobs.

According to local authorities, about 67,000 people applied for the test, although about 20 percent failed to show up at the 89 exam venues across the city.

Based on the number of applicants, the demand-to-supply ratio was slightly below 17:1, down marginally from last year's figure, after organizers limited the number of positions that first-time job seekers can apply for.

In previous years, taking the civil servant exam had been a popular option among recent university graduates during their job-seeking process.

But this year, out of the 4,048 job openings, some 80 percent required two years or more working experience.

Feng Lijuan, chief HR analyst with 51job, a Nasdaq-listed headhunting firm, said the decline in the demand-to-supply ratio was mainly the result of organizers favoring applicants with experience in the workplace. "It's a good sign," added Feng.

A local resident, surnamed Wu, who has been working at an international corporation for three years, said she would take the test next year after noticing more job vacancies only target people with working experience. "I believe I would have a better chance then."

One student who is working on his doctorate degree at a local university said he has dropped the idea of taking the civil servant exam due to the policy changes. "Having no working experience is a big challenge for us," he said.


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