President makes surprise visit to job fair

(China Daily)

10:17, May 15, 2013

BEIJING, May 15 (Xinhuanet) -- President Xi Jinping paid an unexpected visit to a job fair in Tianjin on Tuesday, in a move that experts said reflects top leaders' concerns over the job market.

Xi arrived at a human resources center in the port city in the morning, surprising many students and company representatives.

"Employment is the basis of people's livelihood, and is also an issue confronting the whole world," Xi said when he visited the fair, Xinhua News Agency reported. "Without economic growth, the employment issue can't be solved."

Talking to village official Yang Daixian, Xi shared his secret for doing a good job — the capability to solve practical issues.

"Intelligence quotient and emotional quotient, which is more important? EQ is important for adapting to society, although it should be used together with professional knowledge and techniques," Xi said.

Zhou Xiao, a recruiter at a leading agricultural equipment manufacturing company, said she was surprised when she saw Xi appear from the crowd and walk toward her booth.

"He was very easygoing and just looked like a man of the people," she said.

Zhou said Xi spent about 20 minutes strolling around the fair and randomly stopped at booths, talking and shaking hands with the people.

The recruiter said she was looking for candidates with good English, both spoken and written, as well as a proactive attitude in work, which are vital for graduates to raise themselves above other competitors.

Zhang Zheng, an employee at Tiandy, a security monitoring manufacturer, said Xi stopped at her company's booth and asked about their recruitment plan and the values they are looking for in job candidates.

"Except for professional experience, candidates who have donated blood or have student association experience are preferred, since we believe that reflects a person's character and morality," she said.

Xi's visit was made in the wake of slowed economic growth and estimates that fewer jobs will be available for fresh graduates this year.

A recruiter in Tianjin said on condition of anonymity that many companies have slashed new positions this year.

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