Li Hui walked out of the job centre in Beijing's Haidian district with a look of dejection before making his way through the baking heat to a subway station to return to the job hotel that has been his home for the past month. This has become the daily routine for Mr Li, 22. In the morning he goes from job centre to job centre to meet recruiters, and in the afternoon stays in the hotel sending out r?sum?s and waiting for his phone to ring. The graduate from Luliang, Shanxi, has completed more than 300 online applications in addition to responding to job advertisements. So far this has yielded just four interviews - and no job offers. At the first interview, the company offered a salary of 1,600 yuan (HK$1,825) a month, with 20 per cent less during the three-month probation period - hardly enough to rent a one-bedroom apartment in the city. He did not get the job, but said he would not have minded giving it a go even though it was short of his expected 2,000 yuan a month. 'I'm flexible as long as I can learn something from the job and develop a career from there,' he said. Mr Li, who graduated from Taiyuan -based North University of China, said his parents helped to pay 4,000 yuan a year in tuition fees and another 8,000 yuan a year for accommodation, food and other daily necessities during a four-year degree. He still needs help from his parents to fund his job hunt in Beijing, which is costing about 2,000 yuan a month, including the hotel. Mr Li said he was ashamed of living off his parents now that he was a graduate. He was prepared for a tough fight, but admitted waiting in a hotel bunk bed was proving to be a torturous business. 'But the most disheartening thing is when recruiters refuse to accept my resume because they will not consider new graduates or [the fact that] I graduated from a less prestigious university,' he said. 'How can I get the experience without being given the opportunity?' Mr Li would spend another month in Beijing, but was not sure what he would do if he was still jobless. He might try his luck in Shanghai or Guangdong, or take postgraduate entrance exams early next year. Only five of his 47 classmates have landed jobs, and nearly half opted for further studies, an option his parents encouraged him to take because of the gloomy job market. The Ministry of Education said earlier that 68 per cent of fresh graduates had found jobs. However, many analysts doubt the accuracy of these statistics. Wang Boqing, president of Mycos HR Digital Information, an independent job market research institute, said its online survey found only 40 per cent of new graduates had found work by June 25. Dr Wang said the current economic downtown was largely to blame for the bleak job market for college and university graduates, but the economic development model that had been built largely on export-oriented manufacturing and property needed an upgrade if it was to absorb more students.