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New Graduates – Here Are Job-Seeking Tips for You!

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The coming of summer vacation and graduation season indicates that it is time for youngsters to look for part-time jobs and new graduates to seek jobs. To prevent young job seekers from employment scams, the Ministry of Labor (MOL) would like to remind young job seekers to have a better understanding of the rules of job hunting and labor rights to ensure that they find the right job quickly and smoothly.

According to MOL’s statistics, in 2018, among the complaints filed by job seekers or employees against employers, “false advertising”, “detaining personal ID cards or property”, “asking for a deposit”, and “assigning illegal work” totaled 190 complaints.  Most of these complaints were for false advertising or asking for a deposit.  To increase job seekers and young part-timers’ awareness about labor rights, the MOL is working with the Ministry of the Interior to promote “Protect Young People – The Summer Vacation Project”.  The project subsidizes local labor administrative authorities annually to take the initiative to investigate any recruitment ads that seem suspicious, use multimedia to publicize relevant issues, and organize activities to promote the awareness of avoiding employment scams.  In 2018, a total of 454 propaganda lectures / activities were held with a total of 88,494 people participating.

With the advances in internet technologies, it is a lot easier to get information from electronic devices which means more and more scam rings using social media such as Facebook or chatting apps like Line to post job scams.  During the interview, members of scam rings would ask interviewees to provide their bank book and ATM card. Interviewees’ bank accounts might become dummy accounts of scam rings without them even knowing it. Some scam rings may coerce interviewees to withdraw money from ATMs or meet victims in convenience stores to collect bank books or personal ID cards, and tell them “it’s a part-time job” or “it’s a high paying, low physical work job”. As a result, the interviewees would end up breaking criminal laws by becoming money mules or collecting victims’ bank books or ID cards for scam rings.

Because young job seekers are inexperienced in job seeking, they are susceptible to scams. To ensure their safety during job-seeking, we would like to ask young job seekers to memorize “the three essentials” before job searching and follow the “seven no’s” during interviews.  Additionally, we would like to remind new graduates and young part-time job seekers that they need to pay attention to the surroundings as well as watch out for their own safety during job interviews.  If anything out of the ordinary is noticed, they should leave the scene right away or find an excuse to get themselves out of there immediately.  If it seems that they forced into something illegal, they should report to the local administrative authorities or the police right away.

The Workforce Development Agency, MOL has established the section “for young part-timers” on the website of Taiwanjobs (  The contents include information of part time jobs, labor rights, key points to watch out for employment scams, examples of common job scams and relevant regulations, and analysis of common employment scams; offering references to new graduates or young part-timers during summer vacation. For details, please check the “for young part-timers” section on the website of Taiwanjobs.