Young workers looking to change job in first quarter

Job seekers attend a fair in Chongqing on Feb 15 that attracted 50,000 people. Organizers said 1,200 companies offered 30,000 jobs with salaries and benefits generally higher than last year.

Too much hopping hurts chance of landing a new position, expert says

The weeks after the Spring Festival holiday were expected to see a job-hopping frenzy among young white-collar workers, especially those in their 20s, according to a recent survey.

About 65 percent of respondents born in the 1990s said they wanted to change jobs in the first quarter of this year, while less than one-third of those born in the 1960s wanted to do so, implying that older people become more prudent about changing employment.

Zhaopin.com, a leading online recruitment agency, released the findings on Wednesday. The survey polled more than 12,000 white-collar workers in 28 major cities in China including Beijing and Shanghai.

About 10 percent of respondents said they have already handed in resignation letters, and some 21 percent have refreshed their resumes to hook opportunities in the labor market.

Leo Cui, an accountant in Shenzhen, plans to quit in early March.

The 24-year-old said he encountered a "development bottleneck" in his current company, with limited space for promotion and a pay raise after working there for two years.

"Our year-end bonus in 2013 remained the same as the previous year. That's disappointing, but the other benefits were less attractive, too, compared with my friends and schoolmates," he said.

Cui said he would find a new job in Tianjin, where he was born and where the salary may fall behind Shenzhen but the living cost is lower.

Cui was not an isolated case.

Sun Bo, 29, is a visual designer with a United States fashion brand in Beijing.

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  Source: China Daily  2014-02-24

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