No.2, West Wenhua Road, High-tech District, Weihai, Shandong, China
April 1, 2017 | Reported by Tan Xuanyue | Translated by Huang Dunyi
The 2017 Spring Job Fair of Five Northeastern Universities and 2017 Spring HITWH Job Fair was launched at HITWH Science and Technology Institute on March 31. More than 350 companies joined the Fair, including the First Automotive Works (FAW), Chinese Aerospace Science & Industry Corp, China Electronic Technology Group Corporation, CRRC, as well as several key provincial enterprises, offering some 5000 vacancies and attracting graduating students from local universities and neighboring cities. Vice president Zhao Guoliang and Director of HITWH Student Affairs Office, Ma Haiying attended the job fair and talked with recruiters and students.
The Five Northeastern Universities Job Fair was initiated in December 2014. As the most influential regional recruitment platform across the country, the Fair opens each spring and autumn at HIT, Harbin Engineering University, Jilin University, Northeastern University, Dalian University of Technology and Harbin Institute of Technology, Weihai successively.
This year’s Fair has attracted a selection of excellent enterprises, generating a remarkably increased number of job opportunities. For instance, 19 subsidiaries of the FAW group attended the Job Fair—a record-high engagement, and FAW R&D Center alone offered over 60 vacancies—about 33 percent of its total vacancies across the country. According to FAW’s recruiting officer, this increase can be explained not only by the Group’s need for business expansion, but also by the excellent job performance of HITWH graduates. Tong, a HITWH undergraduate who has already accepted the job offer of the FAW, came to the job fair as a volunteer to answer questions from participating students.
This year’s Fair also sees an increased participation of national defense institutions, including key national defense institutions such as the Chinese Aerospace Science & Industry Corp and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China. Four subsidiaries of the Chinese Aerospace Science & Industry Corp (COSIC) joined the Fair, three of which participating for the first time. “HIT has nurtured a great many talents for China’s Aerospace development and enjoys great reputation within the industry,” a COSIC recruiter told reporter, “and I’m deeply impressed by the strong academic foundation, overall capacity and English proficiency of HITWH graduates.” Liu, a senior undergraduate told the reporter that this year’s Fair strikes him with generally favorable job opportunities and noticeable participation of national defense institutions. “Compared with the past years, outstanding undergraduates are taken into consideration together with postgraduate students,” said Liu.
The quality and number of recruiting companies from within Shandong Province have been rising steadily in recent years. Director Ma Haiying of HITWH Student Affairs Office told reporter that apart from major cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, HITWH has zealously promoted employment within Shandong province as well. “Since the CRH line to Qingdao was put into operation, we have strengthened our contact with the job markets in Yantai and Qingdao,” said Director Ma. Thanks to active coordination, the human resources and social security departments in various cities have agreed to organize local companies to attend the Fair as groups, which guarantees the quality of job offers.
The recruiting officer of Jier Machine-Tool Group has been working with HITWH for more than ten years. He said that the HITWH graduates with his company are all thriving at the company due to their diligence, excellence and loyalty. A girl studying Wego’s publicity board said she was considering local and provincial employers so she would be able to stay close to her family.
The reporter also noticed some special offers made by a few recruiting companies such as a job guarantee for the employee’s boyfriend/girlfriend. Shanghai Electric Nuclear Power Group lowers the general requirement of English level from CET-6 (national College English Test, Band 6) to CET-4 to HITWH graduates. “The special offer is meant to attract more high-quality graduates from prestigious universities,” said the recruiting officer.
Most participating students to the Fair came well prepared. “Chance favors a prepared mind,” a student in suit said. In addition to graduating students, sophomore and junior undergraduates participated also came to the Fair to gather information about recruiting institutions, so they can be more confident in future job interviews. Some deputy secretaries and student counselors from various departments were also present at the Fair in case their students need help in the job-hunting process.