Jockeying for a job-hunting slot

Nagoya

As the Dec. 25 editorial “Tough times for graduation students” stated, the job-hunting season for university students started Dec. 1, and it has me wondering. Students are glued to computers and smartphones to make appointments at job fairs. Then they line up to enter these events as if they were concerts. In addition, students worry about how they look. We have to appear the same.

I understand that companies must try to judge our characters, but why should we have to do these things?

The employment rate is improving, but I think it is still severe. The job-hunting schedule has changed in 2011 so that students don’t have to neglect their studies so much. But some job fairs are still held on weekdays, requiring us to be absent from our classes.

Besides studying, we have to do research on prospective companies and their entry requirements. Some of us also must work at part-time jobs as we spend a lot of money on job hunting. I hope to become better at this. Job hunting has just started, but we are already nervous every day.

Still, I am looking forward to learning a lot about various companies. This is an important time in our lives. I want to enjoy it and not stay negative!

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saki watanabe