In the past year, Kim Yoon-sung applied to about 120 companies for a job, and could not land even one.

Instead, the 26-year-old is on her fourth outsourcing contract, one of tens of thousands of young South Korean graduates struggling to get regular employment in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

"It's become normal for people in my generation to fail even after writing applications for well over 100 companies," Kim said. "The situation is just getting tougher."