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Post-1990 generation picky about jobs: research

China Daily/ANN | Monday, May 26, 2014

CHINA - Members of the post-1990 generation looking for work apply for multiple positions and hold high expectations of the jobs, a reflection of young people's changing attitudes amid the country's development, recent research showed.

When fresh graduates do snag a job interview, they are also more likely to miss it, turn down offers and have no qualms about quitting if the work is not to their taste.

These were some of the main findings of research conducted by leading Chinese recruitment website 51job.com.

Of those surveyed, 45.1 per cent of employers said more than half of job candidates failed to turn up on time for interviews.

More than 60 per cent of fresh graduates also felt they needed help from their parents to look for work, the research showed.

The website surveyed 2,357 enterprises and 1,230 fresh graduates nationwide over 15 days in 2013.

Liu Jinjin, deputy director of the human resources department at the Social Sciences Academic Press, said members of the post-1990 generation are picky about employment and it was common for them to break appointments for job interviews.

"Most of the post-1990 generation are the only child in the family. Their living conditions have greatly improved from that of the post-1980 and post-1970 generations. They don't experience much pressure in life so they pay closer attention to personal preferences and interests when hunting for a job," Liu said.

The post-1990 generation also does not care about the amount of money they make. Instead, the working environment, the happiness they derive from their work and respect from others are what matter most, she said.

"The post-1990 generation does not think twice about leaving in their first year of work. If they lose interest in a job or are not clear about their future career path, they will quit easily," Liu said.

Members of the generation are also more self-oriented. They want more time for themselves and are not willing to work overtime.

Their attitude to life is more casual, Liu said.

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