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Local firms kick off campus recruitment effort

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A job fair was held at the campus of National Taiwan University yesterday, with about 200 companies in attendance to try to recruit new graduates, including Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (鴻海精密), ASUSTek Computer Inc. (華碩), Cathay Financial Holding Co. (國泰金控) and Fubon Financial Holding Co. (富邦金控).

Hon Hai is recruiting talent from a wide range of disciplines, including LTE (4G) technology, e-commerce sales, website design, hardware, software, firmware, electronics, information and communication technology, industrial design, industrial process, optoelectronics, auto control, chemical engineering, customer service, logistics, supply chain management and multimedia visual design.

Hon Hai chairman Terry Gou said that the company plans to expand investment efforts in Taiwan, recruiting about 15,000 new employees for the company's facilities located in Northern, Central and Southern Taiwan, to build a “technology island” out of Taiwan.

According to a human resource supervisor from Hon Hai at the job fair, R&D personnel comprise 70 to 80 percent of the new job openings, and 70 to 80 percent of the positions will be based in Taiwan, while the rest will be based in the U.S., Japan, Indonesia, mainland China and other countries.

The company is offering a starting pay of NT$36,000 per month for those with college degrees, and NT$45,000 for those with graduate degrees. In addition, the company offers performance-based bonuses and cash dividends periodically. The Hon Hai representative said that after one year of employment those with selected majors from selected universities could potentially earn up to NT$1 million per year. Hon Hai's campus recruitment effort will last until May.

ASUS Computer

Multinational computer maker ASUS also has hundreds of job openings and was recruiting talent for the company's R&D and international sales divisions. ASUS CEO President Shih (施崇棠), an alumnus of National Taiwan University, showed up on campus yesterday.

As old technology, information technology and biotechnology merge, mobile devices are innovating at an unprecedented rate, and to cope with the new challenge, the company is looking for employees who are knowledgeable across disciplines as well as specializing in their chosen profession, Shih said.

ASUS's campus job fair will be held at 9 other schools across the island, including National Tsing Hua University, National Chiao Tung University and National Cheng Kung University.

Financial Holding Firms

Cathay Financial said it has over 300 job openings this year, with recruitment efforts focused more on positions related to mathematics, MIS, financial investment, management, insurance and law. The company is looking to recruit graduates with master's degrees to fill 35 Cathay Management Associate positions this year.

In addition to Management Associates, Fubon Financial has an Institutional Banking Associate Training Program and a Retail Banking Associate Training Program, to cultivate new recruits for positions including assistant relationship manager, assistant product manager, assistant product sales, personal banker and assistant financial advisor, among others.

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Students attend a job fair held at National Taiwan University, yesterday. About 200 companies presented new job postings in over 300 booths at the event. It is estimated that more than 20,000 job openings in total were showcased. (CNA)

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