USF grads 'panhandle' on street corner for a job

Tampa, Florida - A recent job report gave college grads a puzzling picture.

Unemployment dropped from 6.7% to 6.3%, the first time it was that low since September of 2008. Still, the portion of Americans 25-34 who were working in April fell to a five-month low.

Here in the Tampa Bay area, many college grads are finding themselves without a job, and some are trying creative ways to find one.

"I figured it'd be a great way to separate us from the rest," says Damian Romero of his strategy. Both he and Jarod Fluck recently graduated from USF and are now looking for a job.

"We've tried a couple of job expos and tried getting in touch with employers," says Romero.

But with no luck and a struggling job market, these two came up with a different approach: with cardboard signs saying they're not homeless (yet), Fluck and Romero are soliciting their resumes to any passersby on the street.

"As anyone looking for a job knows, it's tough out there," Fluck says.

Romero is looking for a job in finance, while Fluck is looking for a position in marketing.

"It's all about networking, really," says Fluck. "Finding those hidden jobs is what we're trying to do out here."

While they haven't found a job yet, they are hopeful that their next career opportunity may just drive on by.

Jarod Fluck is looking for a job in Marketing and can be reached at Damian Romero is looking for a job in Finance and can be reached at


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