<![CDATA[Seems the job market in China is as tough as the job market in the US. A record number of students graduated this year, only to be met with the toughest job market in years. In Beijing alone, 79,000 will graduate with masters degrees. But many job seekers are finding out that having a masters degree is not guarantee of getting a good job. You would think that a graduate with a masters degree would have an advantage and would be able to ask for a higher salary. But employers are seeing it differently. Employers are expecting a high rejection rate due to the excessive salary requests made by the applicants. They expect them to prove their worth first. The applicants who had the best chances of getting a job were the ones who were willing to start at the bottom and work their way up, regardless of what kind of degree they had. Many job seekers who did get interviews and did eventually get jobs were the ones who lowered their expectations and simply concentrated on getting a job first, then proving themselves worthy of moving up the ladder. Job seekers in the U.S. can take a lesson from the job seekers in China:
- Don\’t be the first to name a price – This is simple negotiating 101. If you name a price too high you may not get the interview. If you name a price too low, they will negotiate from there and try to get it even lower. I know, it\’s kind of a damned if you do and damned if you don\’t situation. Let them start the negotiation.
- Start at the bottom – Yes, I know you just spent a small fortune and years of your life in college getting a degree. But it\’s a buyer\’s market. Look at it this way, if you really work hard to prove yourself you won\’t be at the bottom for long. And you will also learn more about how the company works. Use the time to your advantage and learn as much as you can.
- Develop empathy – By starting at the bottom you get a chance to know how it feels to step inside the shoes of the people who are the heart and soul of a company, grinding it out every day and making the company work. As you work your way up the ladder, you will have a better understanding of what they go through on a daily basis and you\’ll have skills and knowledge you wouldn\’t have if you just stepped in at the top.