Saturday 10 December 2016

Double shift: Factory boss places ad for manager who will also marry his son

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 14/03/2016 | 13:36

The job for life has all but disappeared, except in China, where a man has posted a job advertisement seeking a woman to manage the family business – and marry his son.

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Chen Jinrong (67) from Zhejiang, China, runs a rubber factory with the help of his son, Chen Diyang (38).

Worried about the marriage prospects of his son, who has remained single since divorcing his wife 10 years ago, Chen placed an ad for the double-duty role on a bulletin board at a job fair in the city of Taizhou last week.

The ad reads: “Female boss needed for rubber factory. Must be 38 years of age or under. Junior high school graduate or above. Can be divorced or have children. Hard-working, possess computer and management skills.”

Local reports note that the senior Chen, anxious that his son’s poor social skills were holding him back from finding a partner, sought a daughter-in-law who would suit both the younger Chen’s capabilities as a manager and lack of education and computer skills.

Luckily for him, the ad has apparently done the trick – since it was posted on March 8, he has received a number of applications for the role.

However, he likely won’t be hearing wedding bells just yet. Speaking to Chinese reporters, his son explained he wasn’t sold on the idea: “I know my father is doing this for my own good, but marriage is more about finding the person I like.”

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