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NOT ALL IS BLEAK FOR COLLEGE GRADS; WORLDWIDE JOB RECRUITER OFFERS OPTIMISM AND TIMELY JOB TIPS

 NOT ALL IS BLEAK FOR COLLEGE GRADS;
 WORLDWIDE JOB RECRUITER OFFERS OPTIMISM AND TIMELY JOB TIPS
 MENLO PARK, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- While recent reports indicate the job outlook for this year's college graduates is the worst seen in the last 20 years, author and columnist Robert Half, founder of Robert Half International, offered some hope and practical advice for first-time job seekers.
 "Given the current job market, the 'Class of '92' must become sophisticated self-marketers -- perhaps more so than any crop of graduates in recent years," advised Half. "Similar to the sales approach for a new product, this requires excellent one-on-one communications skills and enthusiasm -- which can be developed."
 Half said that flexibility is now more critical than ever. "College graduates may have to invest in relocating to where the opportunities are. While that could cost $2,000-$3,000, job candidates should keep in mind that their investment to date in tuition has probably ranged between $20,000-$100,000 for the past four years. In addition, they may have to accept a position for slightly lower pay than anticipated.
 "The current job climate could mean that now more than ever, a graduate's first job may have to be a temporary one." That may be a plus, according to Half. "Through temporary work, a job candidate gets introduced to a prospective full-time position, and can buy time until the right opportunity comes along."
 Half provides these additional tips for job-seekers:
 -- Follow the opportunities. Investigate geographic markets and industries that are experiencing growth. For example, export manufacturers; businesses in the Midwest; the Pacific Northwest and parts of Texas; and companies in the fields of health care and information systems.
 -- Prepare several resumes. They should all be factual, but vary by the positions being applied for, and highlight skills applicable to each.
 -- Consider smaller firms. Gone are the days when Fortune 500 firms were the only way to start one's career. Industry reports indicate a decline in hiring among companies with more than 1,000 employees, with the bulk of new jobs being created in firms with fewer than 20 employees.
 Half also advises candidates not to ignore resume and interview "basics":
 -- Play up leadership and communications skills. No employer will expect you to have a wealth of experience on your resume. But these skills are always in demand, and can be demonstrated at this early point in your career.
 -- This is no time for a sloppy resume. A recent submission to Half's "Resumania" column in National Business Employment Weekly, illustrates the point: "Excellent memory; strong math skills; excellent memory; and good at math."
 -- One of the biggest mistakes job applicants make is what they don't do -- ask for the job. This means demonstrating genuine enthusiasm, offering to work hard and promising not to let the employer down.
 Half writes career advice columns for National Business Employment Weekly, the New Accountant and Management Accounting. Robert Half International, through its Robert Half and Accountemps divisions, is the world's largest permanent and temporary personnel service for accounting, finance and information systems. The company has 150 offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe.
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