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150,000 Recent Graduates At Shenzhen Job Fair

A sea of people at Shenzhen Convention Center, 150,000 converged here to find a job.
A sea of people at Shenzhen Convention Center, 150,000 converged here to find a job.

From NetEase:

Only by looking down from the observation platform of the Shenzhen Convention Center’s first hall can one understand what is called a sea of people. 150,000 university graduates coming from different areas throughout all of China nearly overwhelmed the Shenzhen Convention Center. Such a scene would have been difficult to imagine had I not seen it with my own eyes.

Full of confidence and setting out on an important step in life, as long as one has knowledge, has ability, and has guts, one will have one's own space/place.
Full of confidence and setting out on an important step in life, as long as one has knowledge, has ability, and has guts, one will have one

Graduates from universities outside of the province converge on Shenzhen, 150,000 people compete for 20,000 employment positions.

Parked buses fill up a road near the Shenzhen Convention Center. Among them are many buses from other provinces [of China]. According to statistics, of the 150,000 graduates this time, over 70% are from universities outside of Guangdong province. Compared with last year’s job fair, this year’s attendance has reached new heights, but the number of employment positions available is still 20,000. Considering that many enterises are unable to recruit all the recent graduates they originally planned to, there are in reality less than 20,000 employment positions, causing the competition amongst graduate job-seekers to be even more intense.

Banking popular, securities and real estate cool.

At the scene of the job fair, the most crowded place was the finance area, and the most popular booths were bank recruiter booths. Despite suffering being pounded by the financial crisis, there was no drop in the banking industry’s popularity. Otherwise, the electronics industry, IT industry, and the logistics industry also received graduates’ attention. Although there were plenty of graduates choosing the securities and real estate industries, market conditions have already begun to cool.

After universities expanded enrollment numbers, finding a job has become even more difficult. The dense crowd of university student job-seekers look for a space/place to call their own.
After universities expanded enrollment numbers, finding a job has become even more difficult. The dense crowd of university student job-seekers look for a space/place to call their own.

Voluntarily reducing salary expectations and seeking suitable positions, graduates face the employment crisis.

From last year’s job fair, [demands like] “yearly salary 100,000 yuan” and “monthly salary must be 6000 yuan or higher” still ring in the ear. Last year’s science and engineering graduates nearly all requested monthly salaries of 5000 yuan and higher. This year, this kind of situation has already changed. Appropriately, more graduates were cool-headed and rational towards the employment situation, with most monthly salaries set around 3000-3500 yuan. Even more graduates were willing to accept around 2500 monthly salaries at the lowest. This price is positively “cheap”.

Submitting numerous resumes, throwing a net to catch fish.

Many graduates did not think this year’s job fair would be this packed. In order to get more opportunities, many graduates submitted numerous resumes, one day submitting 10 copies. Some girls wore off the heels of their high heels from running around. As a result of overexerting themselves, some university graduates needed their schoolmates to help them out of the convention center. Nowadays, finding a job really is not easy.

Interviews are an important step in the process of finding a job. Just a few words can more or less reveal a graduate's level.
Interviews are an important step in the process of finding a job. Just a few words can more or less reveal a graduate's "level."

Comments on Sina:

Really is shocking/astounding! It is becoming more and more difficult for university studnets!

I hope the country can let 50-year-old women retire as well as 55-year-old men, and let all the children have jobs. Only by doing this can society be stable.

Housing prices in the long-term probably will not come down, with this many people. :-(

All of them are a bunch of SB. You think the company will give you 2500 yuan? What a joke. First three months of probation at the lowest wage standard. After probation is over, they directly show you the door, and then recruit someone else for a three month probationary employment, again at the lowest wage standard. This is what Shenzhen does to the year’s recent graduates. Maybe there are people who say it is not this way for all recent graduates. Yes, that is true, it is not everyone. It will not be that way for those with connections or background. Understand? That is why it is said that the problem with society is not about ability but about connections!!!

Actually, it is the same everywhere! As long as one has true ability, why come to Shenzhen, this spirit-less, soul-less place?

Who can still say that China does not have human talent?!! Over a billion people, who knows what we will do in the future with that many people wanting jobs, with that many people not wanting to become workers, and with that many people leaving home to find jobs, because they cannot even farm successfully, ai! I only have sighs. Look at how developed America is, yet with so little people, even they still face employment-related problems. Then turn around and look at our own country. It is truly worrisome!!!

This kind of sea of people makes me tried just by watching. Graduating means unemployment. Life is not easy!

I also graduated this year, finding a job is too difficult!

Well done, only this way can inspire them, wish them all can find suitable jobs. At the same time, I despise those youth who loaf around, never do a day’s worth of honest work, and are burdens upon their parents.

So terrifying. Chinese people really know how to make babies, making this many people in just a short period. Are they all having sex at night, with nothing else to do but to make children?

One year, one Hong Kong. [meaning that the number of graduates per year is like the entire population of Hong Kong.]

Comments on NetEase:

Wow,
So many people.
Hehe,
The people selling food there that day must have gotten rich.

I also experienced that when I graduated. That day there was a small rain, and I was both cold and hungry.

What a magnificent/amazing scene…
This is true competition!~

Finding a job is hard. Recruiting workers is even more difficult. Because the vast majority of graduates are all unfit for a higher position and unwilling to accept a lower one.

Even though our company is nothing special, I plan on staying for awhile, because of the financial crisis. If it is not reduced salaries, then it is layoffs. It is not easy to have a job.

Ah. I submitted resume/CVs an entire morning, and left in the afternoon. If I stayed longer, my heart would have collapsed~

It is like the train crowds during Chinese New Year.

Seeing these I am reminded of all the Chinese New Year crowds at train stations. That sight is still fresh in my memory.

Comments on KDS:

The guy lying in the crystal display coffin needs to take responsibility. [referring to Mao]

Good thing they did not come to Shanghai…

Why is it all white clothes??

I bet it is because they want to be white-collar workers.

My god, is Shanghai’s metro [subway] going to explode next year?

How do they go to the restrooms?

Pictures from N years ago used yet again.

Yun,” Chinese people are numerous.

Nearly every booth had masses and crowds of people.
Nearly every booth had masses and crowds of people.

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Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.