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Jiangsu town breaks the mold in recruiting

By Yu Ran  (China Daily)

13:57, November 29, 2012

Li Yufang didn't follow the typical path to a government job — in fact, she didn't even know it was an option until she received a call from a headhunter.

"I was very surprised," said the 35-year-old, whose resume listed work at a wholesale market, a property agency and an investment firm, all in Guangdong province.

"They told me I'd been selected for an interview for a senior position at a city government, which normally don't recruit through agencies."

Li got the job, and in October, when more than 1 million young people were preparing to take the annual civil service exam, she was settling in as deputy director of the service industry development bureau in Shengze, a town under the jurisdiction of Suzhou, Jiangsu province.

Promoting staff members to fill senior positions remains the norm among most Chinese government agencies.

The Suzhou government said it broke the mold five years ago when it began using Suzhou Industrial Park Human Resources Development Corp to identify and lure quality candidates from the private sector.

Since then, the State-owned headhunter, based in Suzhou Industrial Park, has found about 100 candidates for various government departments and filled 20 positions.

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