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New Graduates Take Resumes to Lawmakers

By Trimmel Gomes

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Tallahassee, FL – The slumped economy is putting a big strain on recent college graduates in search of jobs. They're up against unemployed candidates who have years of experience. Trimmel Gomes reports on some students desperate for work who actually dressed up in business suits and took their resumes to lawmakers.

A small group of graduates from Florida State University drove from Tallahassee all the way to Pensacola to drop off more than three-hundred resumes and cover letters at Senator George LeMieux's office.

"We're doing it just because, yeah, as mostly new graduates and students, we know that we're going to have to deal with any problems that the continued reliance on fossil fuels creates; and also because of high unemployment, we're interested in new avenues for developing new jobs."

Elizabeth Ortell is one of four students that met up with one of LeMieux's aides to encourage support of legislation that will create clean energy jobs. Ortell is headed to graduate school but says thousands of jobs could be created with the passage of clean energy legislation in Florida alone.