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Vacancies inflated at job fairs, say unions

SOME employers are inflating the number of positions they're looking to fill at job fairs, the Shanghai Federation of Trade Unions said yesterday.

"Among the 16 job fairs we have organized this year some companies present a large number of employees they want but those high numbers were sometimes fake," union spokesman Zhou Zhijun said at a job fair at Luwan Stadium.

"Such behavior by employers could lead to job seekers misreading the employment situation to some extent."

Some companies post the same position at different job fairs, according to some job seekers.

Zu, a communication engineering senior student, said a logistics company told him last week it had posted the same job five times. He was recognized by the company's personnel as they had received his resume a week earlier.

"One person said although they put the same posts on the board in the last five job fairs they hadn't actually finalized a recruitment plan yet," Zu said. "They told me not to waste my resume."

The Shanghai Federation of Trade Unions yesterday said more than 30,700 jobs had been posted at the 16 job fairs they organized this year, attracting about 87,200 people. The spokesman said jobs were repeatedly posted and employers had advised they might recruit 12,084 people from the 16 fairs.

"For today's job fair, we did the final confirmation with these employers two days ago," Zhou said. "These posts won't be repeated at other fairs."

A local job fair regulation issued in 2003 says employers must respond to whoever handed in their job-seeking materials within a month of attending the job fair.


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