Chunghwa Telecom, Google top dream employers listing


TAIPEI — Taiwan’s telecom giant Chunghwa Telecom rose to the top of a list of dream employers for Taiwan’s college students, followed in second place by leading Internet search engine Google, a report released yesterday found.

After succumbing to food producer Uni-President Enterprises Corporation last year, Chunghwa Telecom regained its throne as the top employer in which soon-to-be job hunters want to work for, according to an annual survey of final year college and graduate students by Cheers magazine. The popularity of smart phones and peripheral Internet applications has led to growing interest in the industry amongst young people.

Eslite Bookstore, Starbucks Coffee and restaurant chain Wang Group were among the top 10 on the list of 100 employers.

The rankings of Taiwan-based international brands, including smart phone maker HTC, and computer manufacturers Asus and Acer, also climbed. Asus rose to No. 4 from No. 8 last year, while HTC went up to No. 16 from No. 36. Acer improved to 25th, compared with 43rd in last year’s survey.

Several international technology companies also made a strong showing on the list, with Google ranking second, Yahoo! 10th and Microsoft Taiwan 12th.

Sinyi Realty Inc., which placed 83rd, was the first real estate agency to make it onto the list in its six-year history.

This means young people are more interested in working in real estate sales as the housing market recovers, said Anthony Lee, associate managing editor of the magazine.

Tourism related industries such as hotels, airlines, travel agencies and department stores were also popular choices for young job seekers after the door to Chinese tour groups opened in 2008.

The poll was conducted between December and mid-January among college and graduate students who will graduate this summer. A total of 2,874 responses were collected from 4,216 students in 160 departments and institutions.