More than 100 job seekers attended a recent job fair of the commercial division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta on behalf of Taiwanese companies seeking to fill some 400 openings for high-tech professionals.

          Raymond R. L. Lin, the commercial division’s director, told GlobalFax last week that the visiting company representatives said they were favorably impressed with the turnout and would return next year. In the meantime, he said, his office would accept applications and make certain that they were transmitted to the companies in Taiwan.

          “The attendees were very serious about submitting applications,” said Mr. Lin of the fair held on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

  He said that 20 Americans were among the attendees while the remainder was about equally divided between Chinese professionals and students from Taiwan and those from the mainland. A half dozen or so executive recruiters also met with the company representatives, he added.

Taiwanese companies have participated in similar fairs in other U.S. cities since 1996, but this was the first year that they came to Atlanta. Before arriving in Atlanta, the representatives had visited San Francisco and Dallas and were to visit Boston and New York before returning home.

In addition to base salaries, high-tech professionals who move to Taiwan with the appropriate credentials may receive attractive bonus packages as well as government incentives to work there.

The companies are looking for professionals with expertise in biotechnology, electronics, fiber optics, information technology, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors and telecommunications.

Although Taiwan’s economy experienced its first contraction last year in decades, its gross national product is expected to grow between 2 and 3% this year under a national development plan that is supportive of high-tech industries.

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