Fresh grad­u­ates must sub­mit 66 re­sumes to land a job: poll

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

For those re­cent grad­u­ates who have suc­cess­fully landed a job, an av­er­age of 66 re­sumes had to be sent out be­fore re­ceiv­ing an of­fer, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey re­leased on Mon­day by an online hu­man re­source agency.

Among re­cent grad­u­ates, in­clud­ing those who have been dis­charged from manda­tory mil­i­tary ser­vice this year, up to 60.6 per­cent are still look­ing for a job, while only 39.4 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion has found a job, said yes123, which con­ducted the poll from Aug. 4 to 18.

Break­ing down the num­bers, it takes an av­er­age of 13.7 letters to get one job in­ter­view, and 4.8 in­ter­views to fi­nally be hired, hence 66 re­sumes sub­mit­ted to em­ploy­ers on av­er­age.

Though 70.1 per­cent of the re­cent grad­u­ates look for jobs re­lated to their own ma­jor, 37.2 per­cent of the new job seek­ers ac­tu­ally had no clue in terms of what jobs to look for.

The sur­vey also showed that job hunt­ing takes up ap­prox­i­mately two hours (109.5 min­utes) of their time each day.

As for their at­ti­tude to­ward look­ing for a job, around 56 per­cent of the re­cent grad­u­ates think that get­ting a job is their top pri­or­ity, while some 25 per­cent say they would rather be un­em­ployed than ac­cept a job of­fer they didn’t like, and the re­main­ing 19.5 per­cent say they would pre­fer to “let na­ture take its course.”

Yes123 spokesper­son Yang Tsung-pin said that ap­pli­cants should first look for promis­ing jobs that suit their own in­ter­ests and per­son­al­ity traits, then pur­sue higher-pay­ing po­si­tions later down the road.

The sur­vey, which col­lected 1,370 valid ques­tion­naires through­out Tai­wan, had a con­fi­dence level of 95 per­cent and a mar­gin of er­ror of 2.65 per­cent­age points, said the agency.

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