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

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

Taipei, Aug. 24 (CNA) 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. 4-18. 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. (By Tsai I-chu and Angela Huang)