Job fair in Kaohsiung attracts about 10,000 applicants
Central News Agency
2013-03-16 07:27 PM
Taipei, March 16 (CNA) A job fair launched at National Sun Yat-sen University in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung City on Saturday drew nearly 10,000 applicants who hoped to land a job from top enterprises in the country. A total of 85 companies from the manufacturing, service and financial sectors offered about 6,000 job openings in the 2013 job exhibition in the Kaohsiung and Pingtung areas.

Attracted by the salaries offered by the employers and their good reputation in the local market, a large number of job seekers were queuing up for interviews in the university's gymnasium, the venue of the job fair, the organizer said. The university, which organized the job fair, said the employers in the high-tech sector participating in the job fair were mostly large companies listed in the local bourse. They included Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), Apple Inc.'s supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., flat panel producer AU Optronics Corp. and personal computer vendor Asustek Computer Inc. In the service sector, the organizer said, well-known firms, including restaurant chain operator Wowprime Corp., MOS Burger, and Japanese retailer Uniqlo were also seeking new employees. In addition, financial heavyweights, such as Taishin Financial Holding Co., E. Sun Commercial Bank, Bank SinoPac, and Ta Chong Bank, also participated in the job fair, the organizer said. In the old economy sector, representatives from Taiwan's renowned firms, such as Formosa Plastics Corp. and food makers Uni-President Enterprises Corp. and Wei Chuan Foods Corp., made their presence in the event, the organizer added. A senior student at the university, surnamed Liu, said she was eyeing a job at Wowprime and didn't mind working as a waitress since she was very interested in the restaurant business. Wowprime, which has more than 10 brands in Taiwan, including the flagship Wang Steak, is planning to set up 62 new stores this year and is seeking about 3,000 new employees. A man surnamed Lee, 32, who holds an electronics/communications PhD degree, said he wanted to work as an engineer in research and development at TSMC, the world's largest contract chip maker. He added that he asked for a monthly salary of NT$60,000 (US$2,013). Another job fair was held in Taichung with 65 companies offering more than 6,000 job openings. Among the employers, Rhythm & Hues Studios Inc.

(R&H), which participated in the Oscar-winning 3-D movie "Life of Pi," sought 200 newcomers in the event. (By Wang Shu-fen and Frances Huang)

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