Jobseekers Despair of Finding Work

  • By Kim Kang-han

    September 17, 2020 08:27

    More than seven of every 10 jobseekers have lost confidence in their chances of finding work in the second half of this year, a poll suggests.

    In the straw poll of 937 jobseekers by job portal Saramin, 71.2 percent of respondents said they are not confident of finding a job in the second half. More women (77.2 percent) than men (61 percent) despaired.

    Asked why they lost hope, the largest proportion or 65.7 percent cited dwindling job adverts since the outbreak of coronavirus. Next came lack of work experience (46.6 percent), the worsening economy (43.2 percent), and their poor academic background (38.1 percent).


    Some 53.9 percent said they have become more downcast since the first half of the year. But most or 86.6 percent said they will continue to apply for jobs. About half of them (43.8 percent) said they no longer care whether the company is big, midsize, or small as long as they can find work.

    Asked about the biggest difficulty they faced while seeking jobs, 36.8 percent cited fear of failure. Next came lack of money to prepare or even pay for their living expenses while they are looking for a job.

    Respondents were allowed to select multiple answers.

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