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The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) held the Job Fair for Foreign-Invested Companies 2013 in Seoul last week.
A total of 110 foreign-invested companies, including Siemens, Nestle, Costco, Bosch, Google, 3M, Microsoft and 25 other companies on the Fortune Global 500 list, participated in the 8th annual event.
The companies plan to recruit 1,400 new employees with and without work experiences.
Robert Bosch Korea will hire 200 new workers in the field of science and engineering while Coach Korea and FLR Korea sought about 100 new employees. ABB, a global engineering company, will also hire 80 workers for its Seoul headquarters and Cheonan office.
Foreign-invested companies from outside the capital area, which accounted for more than half of the participating companies, looked for graduates from universities beyond Seoul in an effort to help solve the problem of unemployment of students outside of the city.
Human resource managers of foreign-invested companies named work experience as the first thing they consider when recruiting. They also noted that high language skills and certificates are not necessary. Instead of the names of schools, grades and English test scores, they are looking for candidates with a global perspective and challenging spirit.
A Robert Bosch Korea employee noted that HR managers are not fooled by the names of internships, certificates or other titles, but that they want to know what applicants learned from these activities.
This year’s fair was the largest in KOTRA’s job fair history in terms of the number of participating companies and recruitment.
Source: Yonhap News (Oct. 9, 2013)
** This article was translated from the Korean.