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Taipei career fair attracts around 16,000 attendees

By Ann Yu--In a bid to counter the record-breaking unemployment rate of 4.31 percent in July, the 1111 Job Bank kicked off the Northern Taiwan Career Fair at the Taipei Show Hall 2 (台北展演二館) yesterday. The government has partnered with 1111 and the Industrial Technology Research Institute to assist employers and employees in finding top-quality job placements. The Taipei career fair is the third event this year, after 1111 hosted individual career fairs in Central and Southern Taiwan over the summer.

Ministry of Economics Vice Minister Cho Shih-chao (卓士昭) stated that this is a critical time for job fairs given the dwindling economy. "We need to start cultivating talents now, or we will fall behind when the economy revives ... Hopefully, this platform will assist companies in finding ideal employees," he added.

While the government has forecast a year-on-year drop of 43.09 percent in job opportunities by the end of October, industries have lamented the serious shortage of talents and skilled workers in various fields. Spokesperson Charlene Chang (張旭嵐) explained that it was a matching problem, in which less and less people are willing to aim for working-class jobs, or have misinformed concepts about certain industries.

Take Kymco (光陽工業) for example, she said. Many people mistake it for manual labor job opportunities because it is an automobile company. But the CEO explained that machines have replaced most labor, and what the company needs is a higher-level of skilled workers.

Other industries have problems sustaining their workforces. "Employees, especially the mid-level managers, leave because there are not enough senior-level slots to fill" said Yu Wen-chi, assistant manager of Inventec — a computer firm. "It is vital to bring in skilled, competitive talents in building a strong base, as well as keeping the experienced workers for the company to power forward, " he said.

The job fair included a total of 150 companies, with 52 percent from the consumer services industry, 29 percent from the technology hardware and software industries and 19 percent from the renewable energy sector. There were roughly 16,000 attendees and 10,024 job openings, with an estimated 65 percent rate of successfully finding a match.

Job Bank Encourages App Use

Utilizing cloud computing technology, 1111 encouraged attendees to send their resumes through apps at the career fair, where employers could search for matches immediately and call for a short interview.

According to 1111 Chariman Lin Wen-hsiung (林文雄), filling out or sending a resume doesn't take too much time — it can sometimes be accomplished in as little as 11 minutes. "This is especially suitable for fresh graduates who don't have much to write, and who are looking for entry-level jobs that don't require much experience," he said.

A woman, surnamed Chang, who found an administrative assistant job in three hours through 1111, suggested that job-searchers be as aggressive as they can. "I called the company on my own and asked for an interview. It's important to take the initiative, because slots fill up quickly. When I called other companies, many jobs were already taken."

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