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Job fair works to help students

JOB fair organizers are setting up consulting desks to help first-time job seekers plan ahead and get a better idea of positions they are suitable for.

Human resources managers and job fair organizers said would-be graduates often blindly send out hundreds of resumes as they don't put a lot of thought into career planning.

Ye Jun, 23, a university student who will leave school next summer, is a typical example. The statistics major said he had no idea about his future career.

The Zhejiang Province native said he went to the consulting desk at a job fair yesterday afternoon with copies of his resume. He said he hoped to get advice from professionals about his resume and what kind of posts he would be qualified for.

Zhu Shibo, a manager with China International Intellectech Corp, the organizer of yesterday's job fair targeting university students who graduate next year, said: "Most students have no idea what they are suited for, how to make a resume or even how to apply for a job."

She said HR workers at the consulting desk would offer advice based on conversations with students and help them improve their resumes.

Cindy Yang, a consultant at the desk, told Shanghai Daily yesterday that most of the students were asking how to find a job with a decent salary that is related to their major.

Gong Shangmei, a human resources manager with a firm looking to hire at the fair, said it's obvious when resumes are sent randomly and those applicants are unlikely to get an interview and even less likely to get the job.

Gong suggested students participate in more social activities and take intern positions to accumulate experience and learn more about themselves.

Gong also said the company she worked for was offering higher salaries to attract better applicants. The average monthly income for those graduating in July reached 3,000 yuan (US$451), a 7 percent increase from last year.

The fair attracted 130 international corporations, which were offering more than 1,000 positions. Students who had worked at the World Expo received extra credentials.


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