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News media coverage of the soft job market has been extensive. Now, the extraordinary efforts of an alumnus to find a job -- which include giving away a cruise to the person who hires him -- are getting coverage as well.

North Country native John D. Byrne '02, who completed a government degree at St. Lawrence and an MBA from Clarkson all in three years, hasn't been able to find a suitable job where he wants to live, in northern New York State. So he's created a Web site,, that not only touts his experience and skills, but also offers a free cruise or $500 to the person who recruits and hires him.

The site is an example of the lengths that even qualified and talented -- not to mention ambitious -- job-seekers are willing to go to, and the news media has taken notice. Byrne and the site were mentioned in a May 26 story in The New York Times, about dim job prospects, and he is scheduled to make an appearance on CBS' "The Early Show" as well.

At St. Lawrence, Byrne was a campus tour guide for admissions, as well as an assistant in Instructional Technology. He was also active as an organizer of the SLU Democrats group, and has been active in the state Democratic party as well.

Posted: May 29, 2003