严肃点,这儿正招聘呢! – Four Chinese job-seeking scenes

2月18日上午,贺龙体育场人才市场东边和南边的两个入口都摆着一个纸箱子,是招聘网站设的,用于收集求职者的简历或者表格。招聘的场地不是很大,如果不是像这样的招聘旺季,两三分钟便能走完。

但是这会儿,如果想顺利走到头,至少需要花上五分钟。两边是各个招人企业的驻场人事,两张凳子和一张桌子,后面墙上贴着一张海报。华丽一点的,会摆上一张大广告牌,租两个位子,四五个人。甚至有一家企业,还把音响搬了过来,循环播放着自己的宣传广告。寒碜者如靠近尽头的位子,海报也没有一张,坐着一个人,没人来光顾便玩着手机。还有一家企业,只贴了一张海报,用黑色粗签字笔写道:“暂时离席,详情请致电XXX。”

大多数的企业是这样分工的:一个人站在过道上,两个人坐在;站着的人看见求职者便询问“找工作么,来我们这里看看”,便往里拉,再由坐着的人为他们讲解招聘要求和待遇。拉人的口号也各有特色,或“走过路过千万不要错过,进来看一看瞧一瞧”,或“美女,你长得挺漂亮,看看我们的工作不”,或“你是应届生吧,到我们这里看看,给自己一个机会”云云。求职者被说得尴尬,或答曰:“谢谢,我随便看看。”

大概从每年元宵节开始,接下来后的近两个月,是人才市场的旺季。在百度搜索“长沙 招聘”的关键词,就会看到一个月内的招聘会信息,仅2月14日至2月21日这一个星期,长沙大小招聘会便有166场,平均每天近24场。

贺龙体育场的人才市场是人流量最大的场所。在场的工作人员,每天要用掉一千多个一次性纸杯、发放近两千份《招聘信息报》和数百份盒饭(只限招工单位人员),在广场推车卖凉粉的小贩,在这几天也会得到多于平日五六倍的收入。

而在人才市场,这个混杂了相亲场所、菜市场、超市和商场氛围的空间里,有人得到了一个饭碗,有人得到了一摞传单。

 

 

场景一

 

 

2月18日,上午10点,大雪。

驻场的单位,来的大多是年轻的人事,领导模样的并不多。一家某科技产品公司门前,一个年轻的人事抑扬顿挫地对一个求职者说:“昨天晚上,我们经理查了天气预报,说今天有大雪,今天特地亲自过来。他跟我们说,今天这场招聘会要格外重视,这么冷的天、这么恶劣的天气,还来找工作的,第一,说明他真的需要一份工作;第二,也说明这个人有韧性,能吃苦。所以今天来应聘的,我们会降低标准。来,过来了解一下我们公司。”

小伙子坐了下来。经理正在跟一个姑娘讲解。

“你期待的月薪是多少?”

姑娘犹豫了一下,小心地说道:“2500吧。”

经理把笔往桌上一丢,说道:“你这样我没法跟你谈了。”

姑娘愣在那里,不知道说错了什么。经理顿了一下,拿起笔继续说:“2500你能做什么?吃饱饭吗?现在2500饭都吃不饱,物价高的很咧。你要是说你想一个月赚一万,那我们就能继续聊。”

姑娘捂住嘴笑了。

经理也笑了:“2500在我们这里很简单,一个月完成一个单就可以了,但是其余时间呢?你应该有更高的追求。你做过销售吗?”

“我没有一点销售的经验,性格偏内敛,我想应聘你们的办公室人员。”

“没关系,做销售不需要经验,你性格内向,可以把东西卖给内向的人嘛。我跟你说,做办公室,五年过后你还是一个文员,同学聚会都不好意思参加。做销售不一样,五年出来,你就有本钱了,到哪里都混得好。这个岗位会锻炼你的各种能力,做好了,你能向任何人卖出任何东西,跟人打交道的能力,这是无形资产,用钱都买不到。就算你以后不做销售了,还是很有用,现在哪个老板不懂营销?”

“我觉得我没有这个能力。”

“我更你讲,最重要的不是能力,能力排在第二位,最重要的是听话。要你学习,你就学习,要你锻炼,你就锻炼。很多公司招销售人员是‘草根’式的,招很多人来,就像抓一把种子一撒,最后谁发芽了就发芽了,死了就死了,他们不管。我们不一样,我们会给年轻人一个很好的培训机制,而且我们这里都是年轻人,很有活力。”

……

最后姑娘填了一张表。

 

 

 

场景二

 

 

2月18日。上午十一点,楼道尽头。

一对中年男女走了进来。他们在尽头的一个桌子前坐下。后面的墙上贴着一张培训公司的招聘海报。

“您好,请问您是这家公司的吗?”

“不,我们是ageLOC。”

小伙子没听懂中年男人操着的一口浓重口音的英文。中年女人重新发了一遍音,小伙子还是不解。

“我们是一家跨国公司,做基因抗衰产品的。”中年男人并没有急着详细介绍自己的公司,而是直奔主题。

“你愿意打工还是愿意做老板?打工的话,那边的单位全是;你要想做老板,那就来我这里。我从北京来到长沙,你加我微信看一下就知道了。我给你一个创业的机会。”

“你们也没有一个宣传单让我了解一下。”

“你就是老板,你是来和我们一起创业的。我想告诉你,你只要有一颗真诚的帮助别人的心,我们就欢迎你。我们的项目是全球最领先的,领先全球三十年,分布在五十多个国家,总部在加拿大。”男人还没说完,女人插嘴道:“中国只是其中一个。”

“对,中国只是其中一个”,男人接着说,“我老家是湖南常德的,湖南现在还没有打开市场,我现在回到家乡,需要找事业合作伙伴”。

“我可以做你的事业合作伙伴吗?”另一个围观的小伙子问道。

“可以啊。”

“没钱也可以吗?”

“当然可以啊,我告诉你怎么赚钱,但是你要有一颗最真诚的心去面对它。”

“我也是常德的。”又有一个小伙子插话。

“没关系,哪里人没关系,最重要的是你给自己一个怎样的定位,你是想打工还是做老板?”围观的人多了起来,男人开始接不过话。

“没钱怎么做老板。”

“我告诉你,有些事情是不需要钱的。”

“成为你的事业合作伙伴,一个月能赚多少钱?”

女人很积极地抢答着这个问题:“这个不要问我们,问你自己,你是老板,你想要一万、十万、还是二十万,你自己决定。”

“我想要一百万。”

“小伙子好想法”,中年女人翘起了大拇指,“这样告诉你吧,我们公司是全球创造月入百万美金员工最多的一家,是美金哦,超过谷歌和微软,世界排名第一。今天我们回到湖南,就是想把湖南的市场做成北京的市场,甚至外国的市场”。

“你们那个基因抗衰产品靠谱吗?这方面技术我都不了解。”

“小伙子我告诉你,生物科技行业将超过互联网,你只要记住这句话就可以了,这不是我说的,比尔盖茨说的。我们的产品领先全球三十年,并且在未来三到五年,将会家喻户晓。我告诉你,未来最大的产业链将是生物科技,今天你要是错过这个机会,会后悔终生的。我们已经在美交所上市十八年了,全球有员工一百多万人,这方面你想了解,明天下午可以到我的工作室详谈,就在鸿铭中心那里。”

男人开始滔滔不绝:“我告诉你,二十年前,我跟你一样,在深圳找工作,月入一万多,我还是觉得自己在打工。财富不是你等着就能掉下来的,现在,我们会为你提供这样一个平台。我们也不会招人,今天只是过来看看,需找真诚的合作伙伴。

“我也不想耽误你找工作,我也很忙。很简单,你想打工还是创业,你想创业,这是一个绝佳的机会……”

想要一百万的那个小伙子笑了起来,他还想问更多的问题,但是被同伴拉走了。

走了几米远,同伴说:“我用手机查了一下,网上很多人说他们是搞传销的。”

“我知道啊,我就看看他们是怎么忽悠人的。”

“还有好多傻逼在听得津津有味。”

……

 

 

 

场景三

 

 

2月19日,上午十点,贺龙体育场,晴。

杨鹏把准备的二十份简历都投出去了,跟一起来的同学在晒太阳。

“操蛋的人才市场,这么多工作感觉就没很适合自己的。”杨鹏先抱怨起来。

“连米粉店都进人才市场来招人了,你还想在这里找什么好工作?有什么工作就投呗。”

他们有一搭没一搭地聊着。广场上有个人摆起了棋局,很多人在看。杨鹏和朋友无事可做,也围了上去。

一个男人压了四百块钱,如果赢了,他除了能拿到本钱,还能得到六百;如果输了,这四百块钱就归摆棋的人。

围观的人开始指指点点,摆棋人急了:“你们不要说话,你们这么多人下我一个,我肯定要输啊。”

男人把车拉到最下面,大吼一声:“将军!”车被对方的车吃掉。“再将!”男人又把另一个车拉过去,他太激动,以为自己要赢了,连忙又把炮拉到中间,喊道:“将军,你死了!”

“等一下,等一下”,摆棋人又急了,“你不能一次走两步啊,你慢点,你先用车将军,被我吃掉,再移车,我的车挡住你了,你怎么将军?轮到我动,走卒,将军,你输了。”他哈哈大笑起来,“你自己想想哪里走错了”。

“这棋有诈!”杨鹏嘀咕了一下。

“喂喂,我可是规规矩矩的,你说有诈,你来下黑方,我下红方,一样的赌注,敢不敢?”

杨鹏没做声,在边上观察棋局。

“昨天在火车站碰到几个高手,输了两千块钱,前天赢了一千多还是亏本。今天运气好,赢了点钱。”

“我来!”另一个男人蹲了下来。他拿出一千块钱:“赌一把,输了你得赔一千五。”

“好,就赌一把。”

这个男人轻易破了局,摆棋人懊恼地一拍大腿:“哎,这个局摆太久了。”他把手上的钱数了数,全给了那个男人,接着又笑了:“哈哈,我还没输,刚好够本。”

他又换了一个新局,说道:“这个局只要四步好棋,红棋就能赢,你们想想看怎么破。这次不摆久了。”

杨鹏看了一会儿,他很有把握会赢。他跟同学对棋局讨论了一会儿,双方达成一致后,决定下这个局。他们分别掏出三百块钱,摆棋人说:“赢了赔你八百。想好了再下。”

杨鹏失算了,他本来想用双炮连环,结果后面的炮被对方吃掉。围观的人又开始指指点点:“你应该先用炮将军,不能用车。”

“哈哈哈哈,我又白捡了一局”,摆棋人说,“还有没有人想破这个局”?

杨鹏和同学又认真研究了一下,他们又各自掏出四百块钱——这是他们钱包里最后的几张大钞,今天早上取出来的。

“下慢一点,不要急”,围观的人好心劝道。

连续将了两军后,杨鹏又将了一军,他以为胜券在握,没想到黑方的炮巧妙一躲,反将红棋,黑棋赢了。

摆棋人又大笑了起来:“哈哈哈哈,今天手气真好,这个局还有没有人要试,没有就换掉了。”

……

杨鹏和同学懊恼地站起身来。

“靠,起了一个大早来找工作,工作没找到,还丢了几百块钱。”

“甭说了,倒霉,以后再不要玩这种棋局了。吃饭去吧。”

“吃个毛线,都没钱了,吃粉去吧。”

 

 

 

场景四

 

 

2月18日,下午一点。

盒饭是简单的套餐。两家单位的人事,两个女孩,一边吃饭一边聊天。

“这大冷天的,空调也没一个,冷死了。”

“就是撒,盒饭还这么难吃。”

“你今天收到了多少简历?”

“十几份吧。这几天总共收了不少,我们要找二十多个人,感觉没几个很中意的。”

“最好招应届生。应届生学习能力强,而且没有经验,就不会有一些固定的思维,需要重新适应新环境。今年过完年,五个去年刚来的员工就辞职了……”

她还没说完,另一个女孩已经吃完了盒饭。她拿起包准备起身离开。

“哎呀,你就走了啊!”

“是啊,现在都没什么人了,祝你招到几个优秀的人才撒!”

两人大笑起来。不一会儿,另一个女孩也收拾好东西离开了这里。

现场只剩下零星的几个企业和求职者。在一个网络公司的桌子前,发生了今天的最后一段对话。

一个女孩问:“我是学中文的,不知道适不适合做经营?”

销售公司的人事回答:“我也是学中文的。学中文有很多优势,文化低温厚、善于跟人打交道、表达能力强,我们这位小程,也不是经营相关专业的,去年入职的,今年就买车了。”

“我比较喜欢文职方面的,你们不招人吗?”

“文职都招满了。”

“那你可以给我一张宣传单吗?我再考虑一下,有意向再跟你们联系。”

对方犹豫了一下,说:“宣传单我们有,不过我看你太犹豫了,就不给你了。”

女孩羞红了脸,说了声“谢谢”,跑开了。

广场上两个拿着印有“清华大学工商管理”字样宣传单的男人在说笑。

“我们这个就是地摊货。”

“哈哈哈哈,有点自信啊兄弟,我们这是清华大学的。”

“顶着个清华大学的幌子,还是忽悠不到人啊。”

他们朝着几个聊天的女孩走去。

“你们有没有人想做销售?”

旁边另一个人答道:“这一排我都问了,没有。”

“清华男人”没有理他,对其中一个女孩子说:“你想做销售吗?我们是清华大学做的工商管理培训,为民营企业做一点贡献,有兴趣吗?我们的单子不随便发人的,只有看到优秀的人才发,来,你看一下。”

女孩不好意思起来,说:“我不适合做销售。”

“胆子大一点嘛,是吧,好苗子都是培养出来的,没有人天生适合什么岗位的。”

女孩害羞地笑了起来。

他也跟着笑,说道:“好了,我就看中你了,也不问其他人了。”

女孩笑得更腼腆了,摆摆手说:“我真的不适合做销售。”

“清华男人”把伸出去的宣传单又缩了回来,笑着说:“太可惜了,这么好的人才”。

他吹着口哨,又去了广场另一头。

 

 

刊于309期《晨报周刊》,有删改

文|记者姜子健

 

At the career fair at He Long stadium on the morning of the 18th of February, there were two paper boxes placed at the south and east exits. It was there for collecting the resumes or forms of web designers. The recruitment venue wasn’t large. If it wasn’t the peak recruitment season, then it would only take two or three minutes to walk through it.

At the time however, you needed at least 5 minutes to walk to the end of it without a hitch. On both sides there were on-site human resource personnel of various kinds of recruiting companies. At each there were two stools and a table, with a poster stuck on the wall behind. More refined ones would place a large advertising board, rent two units and have four or five personnel. One company even brought a sound system over and broadcast their own advertising on a loop. As the poor people approached the booths at the end, there were no longer any posters. There would be solitary people sitting there, who would play with their phones when there were no visitors. There was also one company that just had a poster with “temporary absence, please call XXX for information” written on it with a thick black marker.

The vast majority of companies had a set-up where one person would stand in the aisle while two would sit in the booth. When the person standing saw would inquire, “Are you looking for work? Take a look here,” whereupon they would be pulled inside. Then it would be up to the people sitting to explain the recruitment requirements and the benefits of the jobs. The slogans used to entice each had their own character such as, “Don’t just walk by and miss out, come and take a look,” or “Pretty girl, you are so beautiful, take a look at our work department,” or “New graduates, come take a look and give yourself an opportunity,” and so on. Jobseekers were beckoned to the point of embarrassment, perhaps responding with, “Thanks, I’m just looking. “

The peak season for career fairs is probably the two month period starting from the Lantern Festival. When searching with the keywords “Changsha recruitment” on Baidu, one will see recruitment information for the month. In the week from 14th to the 21st of February alone, Changsha had 166 job fairs, almost an average of 24 per day.

The career fair at He Long stadium is the one with the largest influx of people. Each day the staff there use more than 1000 disposable paper cups, distribute close to 2000 copies of “Recruitment News” and consume several hundred meals (just recruitment personnel alone). The vendors with their carts selling Liangfen (starch jelly) in the public plaza earn more than five to six times what they would on a typical day.

In the bustling intimacy of the jobs fair, food market, supermarket and shopping mall, some get jobs, and some get stacks of fliers.

Scene one

February 18, 10:00am, heavy snow.

Most of organisations stationed at the event had young human resource personnel rather than those having the appearance of leadership. In front of a company of high technical products, a young human resource personnel said to a jobseeker in a rhythmic way: “Last night, our manager checked today’s weather forecast. It said that there would be a large snowfall coming over specially. He told us that this jobs fair is particularly important. Firstly, since the weather is so vile and cold, it shows that those that still come to find work really do need work. Secondly, it also shows that those people are tough and can endure hardship. Therefore we will reduce our criteria for those that apply for a job today. Come over to understand more about our company. “

The young man sat down. At the time, the manager was explaining things to a young lady.

“What kind of monthly salary are you expecting?”

The young lady hesitated, carefully saying, “2500.”

The manager flung his pen at the table, saying, “If that’s so we can’t continue talking.”

The girl froze, not knowing what she has said wrong. The manager paused for a moment, picked up his pen and continued: “What can you do for 2500? Fill yourself up with food? At the moment 2500 isn’t enough to fill you up, food prices are extremely high. If you say you want to earn 10000 a month then we can continue talking.”

The girl covered her mouth and smiled.

The mangager also smiled: “getting 2500 is very simple in our company. You just need to complete one bill a month. So what does one do with the remaining time? You should have a higher pursuit. Have you been in sales before?”

“I don’t have any sales experience, I’m a little introverted. I would like to apply to be an office staff member.”

That’s okay, you don’t need experience to be in sales. With an introverted personality you can sell things to other introverts. I tell you, if you become an office worker, you’re position will still be the same after five years. It will be embarrassing to attend school reunions. Being in sales is different. Over five years you will have gained capital. You’ll be able to get along well no matter where you go. This post will give all your capabilities a work-out. If you do well, you will be able to sell anything to anyone. The ability to deal with people is an intangible asset, something that money can’t buy. Even if after you are no longer involved in sales, it’s still very useful. What boss today doesn’t understand marketing?”

“I don’t think I have the capability.”

“I tell you, the most important thing isn’t your capability. This comes in second. The most important thing is to be obedient. If I want you to learn something, then you learn it. If I want you to toughen up, then you do it. When recruiting sales personnel, many companies use the ‘grass’ method. They recruit many people, just like grabbing a handful of seeds and scattering them. In the end those that will grow will grow, and those that will die will die. They don’t care. We aren’t the same. We give young people a good training scheme. Also, this department is only comprised of young people, and is very lively.”

……

In the end, the young lady filled out a form.

Scene two

February 18 11:00am, at the end of the corridor.

A middle aged couple walked in. They sat down in front of a table at the end of the corridor. There was a recruitment poster of a training company stuck on the wall at the back.

“Hello. May I ask, are you this company?”

“No, we are ageLOC.”

The young man didn’t understand the heavily accented English of the middle aged man. The middle aged woman repeated. The young man still didn’t understand.

“We are a multinational corporation that makes genetic anti-ageing products.” The middle aged man didn’t press a detailed introduction of his own company. Instead he cut straight to the chase.

“Are you willing to work as a temp or as a boss? If you want temporary work, the section over there just has temps. If you want to be a boss, then you should come to me. I came from Beijing to Changsha. If you look me up on Weixin you’ll know. I’ll give you the chance to start a new venture.”

“You don’t have any flyers to help me understand more.”

“You’re a boss then. You’ve come to start a new venture with us. I want to tell you that as long as you genuinely want to help others, we will welcome you. Our project is world leading, and has been for 30 years. We have a presence in over 50 countries, our general headquarters being in Canada.” The man hadn’t yet finished talking when the woman interrupted: “China is just one of them.”

“Yes, China is just one of them,” the man continued. “My hometown is Changde in Henan. The market hasn’t yet been opened up in Henan. I’m going back to my hometown, and need to find partners for this undertaking.”

“Could I be your business partner?” asked another young man who was watching from a circle.

“You can.”

“Even if I don’t have any money?”

“Of course you can. I’ll tell you how to earn money but you must face the challenge with the utmost sincerity.”

“I’m also from Changde,” another young man interjected.

“It doesn’t matter where you’re from. What’s important is that you give yourself a good position. Do you want to work as a temp or as a boss?” After the number of people watching from the circle had become greater, the man began to brush off what was said.

“How can you be a boss without money?”

“I’ll tell you, there are some things that you don’t need money for.”

“If I become your business partner, how much can I earn each month?”

The woman eagerly answered this question: “Don’t ask us this, ask yourself. If you’re a boss you decide yourself if you want 10’000, 100’000 or 200’000.”

“I want a million.”

“Good idea young man,” said the middle aged woman sticking her thumb up. “Let me tell you, our company has the most employees that produce a monthly salary in excess of one million American dollars in the world. That’s American dollars. This exceeds Google and Microsoft. We’re ranked top in the world for this. We’re returning to Henan today. We want to turn the market there into the market in Beijing, or even the foreign market.”

“Are those genetic anti-ageing products of yours reliable? I don’t understand at all this aspect of technology.”

“Young man I’ll tell you, the biotechnology industry will surpass the internet. You only need to remember this. This isn’t something I said, it’s something Bill Gates said. Our products have been world-leading for three decades, and furthermore will become a household name in the next three to five years. I tell you, the biggest industrial chain of the future is biotechnology. If you miss out on this opportunity today, you will regret it for the rest of your life. We have already been on the American Stock Exchange for 18 years. We have over a million employees worldwide. You need to understand this point. You can come to my office tomorrow and talk it over in detail. It’s at the Hongming centre.”

The man began to pour forth: “I tell you, 20 years ago I was the same as you. I found work in Shenzhen with a monthly income of over 10’000. I still thought I was working as a temp. Wealth won’t come to you if you just wait. We will provide a means for you. We won’t recruit, we just came over today to take a look. We need to find a genuine partner.

“I also don’t want to waste your time in finding a job. I’m also very busy. It’s simple. Do you want to work as a temp or start a new venture? If you want to start a new venture, this is a great opportunity……”

The young man that wanted a million started to laugh. He wanted to ask more questions, but he was dragged away by a companion.

After a few metres, his companion said, “I just checked on my phone. Many people on the internet say they are engaged in multilevel marketing.”

“I know, I just saw how they were duping people.”

“There are still a lot of suckers listening with great relish.”

……

Scene three

February 19 10:00am, He Long stadium, sunny.

After Yang Peng had given out the 20 resumes that he had prepared, he sunbathed with the classmates he arrived with.

“Fucking career fair. All these jobs, yet I feel there’s nothing to suit me,” Yang Peng complained.

“Even the rice noodle store has come to the career fair to recruit people. Do you still want to look for a decent job here? Any old job is pushed here.

They idly chatted away. A chess match had started at the plaza, and many people were watching. Yang Peng and his friend had nothing else to do, and so also gathered round.

A man had put down 400 Renminbi. If he won, he would get 600 plus his original stake. If he lost, the money would go to the chess player.

The onlookers started to gesticulate, making the chess player anxious: “Stop talking. You are many, I’m just one, I’m sure to lose.”

The man moved his rook to the back row, and bellowed: “Check!” His rook was then taken by his opponent’s rook. “Check again” The man moved his other rook. He was too excited, thinking that he was going to win. He then immediately moved his cannon to the centre, shouting: “Check! You’re dead!”

“Wait a minute, wait a minute,” the chess player was anxious again. “You can’t make two moves at once. Slow down. First you checked with your rook, which was then taken. Then you moved your other rook, but my rook is blocking yours. How can it be check? It’s my turn to move. Advance my pawn. Checkmate. You lose.” He burst out laughing, “Think about where you went wrong.”

“Cheat!” Yang Peng muttered.

“Hey, hey, I’m an honest person. You say I cheated, how about you be black, and I’ll be white. Same stakes. Do you dare?”

Yang Peng didn’t say anything, observing from the side.

“Yesterday at the train station, I bumped into a few masters. I lost 2000 Renminbi. The day before I won over a 1000, but I still was at a loss. My luck’s good today, I’ve won a little.”

“I’ll play!” Another man crouched down. He took out 1000 Renminbi: “I’ll bet this. If I lose you have to pay 1500.”

“Fine, bet a thousand.”

The man won easily. The chess player slapped his thigh, annoyed: “Oh, this game went on for too long.” He counted the money in his hand and gave it all to the man. Then he smiled: “Haha, I haven’t lost yet. I’m exactly at break even.”

He set up a new game, saying, “In this game white can win in just four good moves. Try to think how to crack it. This time the game won’t last long.”

Yang Peng considered for a moment. He was sure he would win. He discussed the game with his friend. After they had reached a consensus, they decided to play. They each took out 300 Renminbi. The chess player said: “If you win I give you 800. Think it over, then we’ll play.”

Yang Peng miscalculated. Originally, he wanted to use his cannons in a chain. However, his rear cannon was taken by his opponent. The spectators started to gesticulate again: “You should have used your cannon to give check first, and not have used your rook.”

“Hahahaha, I’ve set this game up for nothing again,” the chess player said. “Is there still anyone who wants to crack this game?”

Yang Peng and his classmate thought very carefully. They took out 400 each, the last big bills they had remaining in their wallets which were withdrawn that morning.

“Play slower, don’t rush,” advised the spectators with good intent.

After two consecutive checks, Yang Peng checked again. He thought victory was in his grasp, but didn’t anticipate black’s cleverly hidden cannon giving a counter checkmate to white, giving black the victory.

The chess player burst out laughing again: “Hahahaha, my luck’s really good today. Does anyone still want to give this game a try? If not I’ll change it.”

……

Yang Peng and his classmate stood up, annoyed.

“Damn it, I got up really early in order to find work. I haven’t found any, and I’ve lost a few hundred.”

“Don’t talk about it, we had bad luck. Don’t play this kind of chess game again. Let’s go and eat.”

“We can’t eat anything, we have no money left. Let’s go and eat some rice noodles.”

Scene four

February 18, 1:00pm.

Boxed meals are a simple set meals. Two human resource girls from different companies were eating and chatting.

“It’s a cold day and there’s no heating. It’s freezing.”

“You’re not kidding. And the boxed meal is disgusting.”

“How many resumes have you received today?”

“Over ten I think. Over the last few days I’ve received quite a few in total. We need to find over twenty people. I feel that none of them are that ideal so far.”

“It’s best to recruit new graduates. New graduates have great learning ability and no experience, so they don’t have a fixed way of thinking. They need to adapt to a new environment again. After Chinese New Year, five new employees from last year quit……”

She hadn’t finished talking when the other girl finished her boxed meal. She picked up her bag and was about to get up and leave.

“Oh, you’re leaving!”

“Yes, there’s no one here now. I hope you recruit some outstanding talent!”

The two laughed. Before long, the other girl packed her things away and left.

All that remained were a few scattered business and jobseekers. In front of an internet company’s table, the last conversations of the day occurred.

A girl asked: “I studied Chinese, I was wondering if this is suitable for management or not?”

A person from the marketing company replied: “I also studied Chinese. Studying Chinese has many advantages. You have a good understanding of the culture, are good at dealing with people, and strong communication skills. We have an employee called Xiaocheng who’s speciality is related to management. He joined the profession last year, and bought a car this year.”

“I like administrative roles the most, are you not recruiting for them?”

“There are no vacancies left in administration.”

“Ok, can you give me a flyer then? I’ll think it over again, if I have an inclination I’ll be in contact.”

The other person hesitated for a moment, then said, “We have flyers, but I see that you’re very hesitant, so I’m not going to give you one.”

The girl blushed, said, “Thankyou,” and then ran off.

Two men holding holding flyers printed with “Qinghua University Business Administration” in large letters at the Plaza were cracking jokes.

“We’re just like sellers in the street.”

Hahahaha, have a little confidence bro. We’re Qinghua University.”

“Even with a Qinghua University sign hanging up, we still can’t seem to dupe anyone.”

They walked over to a group of girls who were chatting.

“Is there anyone here who wants to do sales?”

Somebody at the side answered: “I’ve already asked them. None of them want to.”

“The Qinghua man” paid no attention, asking one of the girls, “Do you want to do sales? We do Business Administration training at Qinghua University. We make a contribution to privately run businesses. Are you interested? Our agenda doesn’t develop any old people. Only talented people are developed. Come and take a look.”

The girl said apologetically : “I’m not suitable for sales.”

“Have a little courage. We cultivate those with good potential. Nobody is born for a particular job.”

The girl smiled bashfully.

The man also smiled, saying: “Ok, I’ll settle with you. I won’t ask anyone else.”

The girl smiled yet more bashfully, and shaking her hand said: “I really am not suitable for sales.”

“The Qinghua man” pulled back the flyers in his outstretched hand, and said smiling, “It’s a great shame. Such a great talent.”

He went to the other end of the plaza whistling.

Published in issue 309 of the “Morning Post Weekly”, with some revisions.

Text – Reporter Jiang Zijian

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