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Many of last year’s graduates still looking for work

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Approximately 45,000 of last year’s university graduates who have sent their resumes to online employment broker 104 Job Bank are still looking for work, statistics released by the company showed yesterday.

That represents 21 percent of the 210,000 graduates who have their resumes posted on the Web site, the employment broker said.

Meanwhile, a survey conducted between March 9 and March 12 with 1,135 of the graduates found that 14.8 percent had been searching for a job for more than eight months.

Asked about the reasons behind their failure to land a job, 48.5 percent mentioned their lack of work experience and 38.6 percent said there were too many other people looking for jobs.

Also, 31.1 percent of job seekers complained about the lack of employment opportunities available, while 29.8 percent attributed their failure to their lack of professional skills.

The job bank said the graduates’ failure to adjust their job-search strategies to the needs of the labor market could also be a factor in their inability to find employment.

While 33 percent were targeting general administrative positions and 21.5 percent wanted to become customer service agents, those type of positions were not being offered by businesses, the job bank said.

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