Morning Coffee Mar 20 2012

Trying for Taiwan

By julie steinberg

Everyone talks about hiring on China's mainland, but few have focused on its island neighbor, Taiwan. The Taipei Times reports that opportunities abound for jobseekers.

Cathay Financial Holdings, the nation's biggest financial firm by assets, will hire 200 employees who have masters degrees. Applicants will have the opportunity to work in China and Vietnam in addition to Taiwan.

Fubon Financial Holding Co., another financial services firm, will hire 20 to 25 employees, while Chinatrust Financial Holdings Co. will add on 50 associates for its banking and life insurance units. First Financial Holding Co. will hire 20 associates as the bank tries to capture market share in China and Southeast Asia.

Hiring in Asia has admittedly cooled off after several years of frenetic hiring activity. Certain sectors within the finance industry, however, such as wealth management and retail banking, are still seeing continued growth and are experiencing a talent war in the region, some multinational banks have said.

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List of the Day: Career Preservation

Not every career has to be fragmented. Here are three ways to preserve your career over the next 40 years.

1. Play more video games. The gaming industry is now larger than Hollywood and can teach you a thing or two about technology.

2. Start and maintain an exercise routine to help manage stress and creative blocks.

3. Don't believe every story of doom and gloom about your respective industry.

(Source: Glassdoor.com)




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