7,727 People Are Fighting For One Job in China

7,727 People Are Fighting For One Job in China
Carl Samson
By Carl Samson
October 24, 2016
Thousands are rooting for one job in China and there’s certainly a reason why.
Over a million people registered to take the country’s civil service examination this year, China News reported. As part of the sign-up process, they are required to select their desired jobs.
What turned out to be the most coveted position for 2016 is the head of the reception office at the China Democratic League in Beijing — a “toothless” political organization, the Wall Street Journal said.
That’s a record-breaking number of 7,727 prospective applicants, all vying to arrange meetings, prepare for events and serve refreshments to office visitors.
According to CNN, the job appealed most likely because of its “relatively relaxed requirements.” Apparently, candidates only need a bachelor’s degree and two years of work experience.
The China Democratic League was established in 1941 during the height of the country’s civil war. Today, it stands as one of the eight authorized political organizations aside from the ruling Communist Party.
Zhu Lijia, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance, told China Daily:
“When people make choices, they tend to go with the principle of economics. They want their gains maximized. It is natural for them to choose jobs with better benefits, more opportunities for development and good locations.”
That being said, it’s safe to say that the application process will be fiercely competitive.
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