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Many preen resumes with English scores

By Luo Wangshu (China Daily)

09:09, July 26, 2012

Unlike many new college graduates struggling in the job market, Chen Chaoyi already has a second job offer — from the Ministry of Commerce — one of the dream employers among Chinese youth.

His first offer was also enviable: for an editor position at China Central Television.

Chen, 21, credits part of his job-hunting success to his resume.

An English major, Chen lists not only his grade point average and domestic English test grades on his resume, but also his Graduate Record Exam and Test of English as a Foreign Language scores.

"It might be a plus, I guess," he said.

Chen is one of the many job seekers who listed their scores on overseas English exams on their resumes to increase their chances.

"Compared with previous years, I've seen more resumes with the scores of overseas English examinations, such as GRE, TOEFL and IELTS (International English Language Testing System)," said Deng Shijia, vice-president of sales at Tianji, a social networking service website.

"About 30 to 40 percent of job seekers put the scores on their resumes, and many of them target Internet industries and the education field," Deng said, adding that these job seekers are young and most aim for entry-level positions.

"Chinese people are getting more access to these tests, which might be the reason for the increase," Deng said.

Zhu Zeying, team leader of the healthcare department at Antal International China, an executive recruitment company, said: "Job seekers show their English skills through the overseas English test."

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