Hyundai Motor Group’s announcement that it will recruit production line workers for the first time in a decade has drawn the attention of tens of thousands of job seekers. The recruitment page on Hyundai’s website saw over 30,000 visitors on the first day of applications, causing server slowdowns throughout the day, according to the company. This recruitment drive, which ends on March 12, will see Hyundai hire 400 production line workers in July, the first such hiring spree since 2013.
The announcement generated significant buzz online, with users on Blind, a workplace community app, asking for advice and tips about applying. One post by a Samsung Electronics production line worker asked for advice on changing jobs to Hyundai, while another opened a poll on whether to switch to Hyundai or keep their current job. As of 2 p.m., of the 103 respondents, 71 recommended applying for the car manufacturing factory. A public servant also wrote that working for Hyundai would be more lucrative and secure than working as a sixth- or seventh-level public official.
Hyundai’s focus on providing improved workplace welfare and a high average annual salary of $73,500 makes the company an attractive employer for manual labor jobs. After reaching the retirement age of 60, employees can work part-time for an additional year. The job posting was so popular that prep guides for Hyundai Motor Group became one of the bestselling guides at Kyobo Book’s online store.
With more than 100,000 applicants expected to submit their resumes for the available positions, competition is likely to be fierce. Hyundai plans to hire an additional 300 factory workers next year.