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Question to 2017: What’s wrong with the JOB market?

Popularity 3Viewed 1324 times 2017-5-14 23:52 |Personal category:life|System category:Life| job market, question, decent, crazy, serious

        I haven’t updated my blog for almost a whole year. It was simply because I had to work hard to support my life and study, so there was less time left for online writing. “Was she telling the truth?” Don’t doubt about it, for the answer is always positive. Last year, I paid off my tuition fee and my student loans—a total sum of 56,000 yuan (about 8,000 dollars), and lived on my own. For most of you with jobs, it is not a big deal. But for me, still a student, this is no less than a long march. Whenever people around me needed English services, I would sacrifice my eating and sleeping to earn the money. That’s how I have been surviving.  

        Back to the point, as I will graduate this June, I want to discuss with you the heated topic of this season—the JOB market. To begin with, I have to confess that I still haven’t found a job yet. Any reason for that? I DON’T know. As you read this, you may assume that I am not excellent enough to get a job. Is this really the case? I can’t agree on that. I believe you can tell what kind of person I am from the following backgrounds.

        First, I am a postgraduate from a prestigious college, majoring in English Interpreting, and I do well in my study. Though a student, I have at least four years of translation experiences in various fields. Besides, I have provided several interpreting services for institutions and corporations concerning foreign affairs. Once I even worked as an interpreter for Chen Xiaohua, Vice Minister of Agriculture in a foreign affairs reception. As I mentioned before, this is my way of make a living in Beijing.

        Second, I have rich experiences in working with people from different cultures. If you happened to read my blog before, you may remember that I was a Chinese teacher in South Korea a year and a half ago. I worked with an American English teacher and some Korean English teachers in the English Department. What’s more, I was responsible for two training seminars for agricultural officials from developing countries. We now are good friends to each other and still keep in touch.

        Apart from these, I have great skills in organization and coordination, and I can speak three foreign languages, namely English, French and Korean. If you don’t believe that, there are two ways to dissolve your doubt. Option 1: you can test me online. Option 2: Leave your email address here, and I will send my language qualifications to you. This is not all of me. I am sensible in working, but sensitive in life. So I turn this aspect of me into creative writing, both in Chinese and in English. I can write novels, prose and sometimes poems. Here is my Wechat public account: Captain亚秀, on which I always publish my works and introduce my translation experiences.  

        Seen from above, I am never a lazy or incompetent student. Here comes the question: Why couldn’t I get a DECENT job?

        There was a time that I sent my CV to one company, and got refused for a translation post. The human resource manager told me after reading my resume, “it seems that you’d better work for governmental institutions. I am afraid you cannot adapt to corporate working environment well.” Serious? How could he know that even before he interviewed me? After hearing that, I calmly replied to him on Wechat, “Thanks for your suggestion and guidance.”

        There was another time that I had INTERESTING experience in an interview. One employer promised that there might be a chance for staying after three-month internship without pay. It was not bad. But when I prepared to be on board, my predecessor warned me to take a second thought because no interns have ever stayed after the internship, which means the so-called “chance” was nothing but an empty promise. Isn’t it CRAZY? How could I survive in Beijing without any pay? So I gave up the golden chance of working for a senior governmental institution.

        This is not all of the cruel stories in the job market.

        Let's talk about SALARY issue. I must confess that it is the biggest joke I’ve heard from employers in Beijing. Some fresh graduates may not concern about it because they attach more importance to the collective hukou (registered permanence residence) quota. For them, a salary of 3,000 to 4,000 yuan is acceptable because companies or institutions they are going to work for can provide them with working lunch and dormitory. However, not all of us are interested in Beijing hukou, including me. Then I believe a pre-tax salary of 8,000 to 10,000 yuan is reasonable pursuit for a postgraduate, isn't it? Unfortunately, employers in the job market don’t think so. But I wonder if we could only get a monthly salary of 6,000 to 8,000, how much will be left after we pay tax, rents and living expenses? By the way, the monthly rent for a house within the six ring roads is at least starting from 3,000 yuan. I really want to ask them to put themselves in our shoes. Some interviewers asked me what my salary expectation was. I told them no less than 8,000 yuan before tax, and I got refused. They warned me that such a salary was rather unrealistic in today’s job market. So what? If I couldn’t make a living, why should I take the job? Here is nowhere but BEIJING!

        Some companies promised to give me offer after interview and urged me not to sign labor contract with others companies. So I did. But several weeks later, they told me the post was already occupied. So I replied to them after hearing such sad news, “Thanks for your KIND notice. I will apply for new jobs.” But right after that, I felt like a fool. Why should I trust the general principle that one’s deeds must match one’s words?

        There are other FUNNY stories about my job-hunting failures. If you want to know more, please leave a MSG here, and I will keep my blog updated. But it will be very kind of you if you can offer me a job after reading the blog. Do remember, I NEED NOTHING BUT A DESCENT JOB!

        Honestly speaking, I am always wondering, what’s wrong with the JOB market? What’s wrong with ME? 

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Reply Report Liononthehunt 2017-5-16 00:58
Why are you so keen to stay in Beijing, which in my opinion, is a no-chance place for non-native Beijing residents? Even far worse than Shanghai.
Reply Report CarolleRain 2017-5-16 10:32
Liononthehunt: Why are you so keen to stay in Beijing, which in my opinion, is a no-chance place for non-native Beijing residents? Even far worse than Shanghai.
For my major, big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen are my first choices. But to make it clear, if there is good job for me elsewhere, I won't insist on staying in these places. The question is, I want to find a job where I can give full play to my potential. To work is to live, but not survive.
Reply Report Chengking 2017-5-16 11:52
Best of luck in your job hunting effort. It might take some time, but eventually it works out for all of us. Like everything else in life, it is also a learning process.
Reply Report CarolleRain 2017-5-16 13:03
Chengking: Best of luck in your job hunting effort. It might take some time, but eventually it works out for all of us. Like everything else in life, it is also  ...
I am neither frustrated nor upset. Life is full of the unknown. I just do my best and do what I need to do, and then leave others in the hand of GOD or Employers~Anyway, thanks for your encouragement. I learn, I catch, and I survive.
Reply Report Kevinfly 2017-5-27 17:39
An job is easy, but an descent job is not that easy. Especially in Beijing. But based on my experience, you should be patient and take more interviews, finally you will get your descent job.
Reply Report CarolleRain 2017-5-28 17:18
Kevinfly: An job is easy, but an descent job is not that easy. Especially in Beijing. But based on my experience, you should be patient and take more interviews ...
Can't agree more. I believe one thing, that is, do what you should do and try your best, then leave others in the hand of GOD. I will be patient and keep working hard. Thanks for your advice~it means a lot to me~All the best.

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  • Question to 2017: What’s wrong with the JOB market? 2017-5-28 17:18

    Kevinfly: An job is easy, but an descent job is not that easy. Especially in Beijing. But based on my experience, you should be patient and take more interviews ...
    Can't agree more. I believe one thing, that is, do what you should do and try your best, then leave others in the hand of GOD. I will be patient and keep working hard. Thanks for your advice~it means a lot to me~All the best.

  • Question to 2017: What’s wrong with the JOB market? 2017-5-27 17:39

    An job is easy, but an descent job is not that easy. Especially in Beijing. But based on my experience, you should be patient and take more interviews, finally you will get your descent job.

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