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'Be proactive', graduate job hunters warned

Published: Thursday, 17 September 2009   Category: Career Advice

A graduate jobs expert has said that those feeling put down by negative media reports need to ignore them and remain positive if they are to find employment.

Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, spoke to the Guardian about how young people need to keep searching and that employers will notice if graduate seems pessimistic.

"It is really hard, but you do have to try and maintain a positive attitude, as that will be reflected in your application and, critically, how you come across at interview," Mr Gilleard advised.

He added that time needs to be used constructively, recommending researching companies fully before applying for a position and using contacts such as family and friends to find graduate job leads.

Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services director Martin Pennington recently encouraged university leavers to remember that while jobs are more scarce there are still many opportunities left for them.

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