Entry Level Employers Plan to Increase Hiring in 2007

Class is Back in Session and It's a Great Time for Job Searching

MILWAUKEE, WI--September 12, 2006--As the class of 2007 enters the Fall semester, CollegeGrad.com, the #1 entry level job site previews entry level hiring trends for this year's graduating class. And its going to be a great year for the Class of 2007.

According to a recent survey by CollegeGrad.com, 55% of entry level employers are planning to hire more college grads in 2007 than they hired in 2006. Another 35% of employers are planning to hire at the same level in 2007, many of whom already increased their hiring in 2006. Only 10% of employers expect their hiring to be less in 2007. "This is shaping up to be a great year for college recruiting," said Brian Krueger, President of CollegeGrad.com. "The hiring increase that we're seeing is consistent throughout the nation and across all majors."

Why the increase? Employers are singing the praises of college grads. "The talent we find on college campuses is a terrific way to bring an influx of energy and enthusiasm into our business," said Rachel Koenig, National Manager of Recruiting Development for ConsolidatedGraphics.

Other employers cite an aging workforce and are anticipating an increase in retirement. The Class of 2007 should expect to see an attractive entry level hiring market in the coming year.

As entry level employers are gearing up for a busy 2007 recruiting year, upcoming college grads should begin their job searching now.

Krueger recommends that college students start their job search early. "Many top employers are already hiring for next year. The earlier you start, the greater the number of opportunities that will be available to you."

College grad hiring saw a 7.8% increase in 2006 over 2005, according to the CollegeGrad.com Top Entry Level Employers Survey. "While 2007 number are yet to be determined," said Krueger, "we're looking forward to another very positive growth year for entry level hiring.

CollegeGrad.com will again be conducting its annual Top Entry Level Employers survey that will further outline 2007 entry level hiring trends. Employers can begin participating now by filling out the survey available at 2007 Top Employer Survey.

About CollegeGrad.com:
CollegeGrad.com is the #1 Entry Level Job Site on the Internet and is the leader in the field of entry level job search. Established in 1995, CollegeGrad.com has been conducting the Top Entry Level Employers Survey for the past eight years. Brian Krueger is President and Founder of CollegeGrad.com and author of the best-selling book for entry level job search, College Grad Job Hunter.

Further information on this news story, including access to the original survey form, as well as additional quotes from employers and college career center directors, may be obtained from the Web site at: www.CollegeGrad.com/press.

Additional employer quotes:

Lockheed Martin continues to see increased demand in the majors of interest to the corporation including engineering, computer science and information technology.

Leslie L. Chappell
Director, University Relations
Lockheed Martin Corporation

We will be looking to attract more talent in more areas of the company, and anticipate that other companies will be doing the same in this very competitive recruiting environment.

Jeff Townsend
Workforce Strategy Consultant
American Airlines

Thrivent Financial is focused on growth and doubling our member engagement which will require us to hire more financial representatives. We are looking to the college market to help us achieve our desired growth and are extremely excited about the career opportunities this provides the new graduates.

Mary Vandehey
Manager, University Relations Recruiting Consultants
Thrivent Financial For Lutherans

At Parsons Brinckerhoff, we are in the 'war for talent.' A major concern is the drop in the number of degrees in Civil and Electrical Engineering (not IT) that have been earned in the last decade.

Toby Duffell
Americas Employment Group
Parsons Brinckerhoff

The hiring trend in the A/E/C industry mirrors the hiring boom in the IT industry in the late 1990's. We have more open positions than available talent to fill them. We are increasing our recruiting staff and adjusting our recruiting model to step up the efforts to meet the need of the corporation. We've increased our presence on college campus, increased our internet recruiting and have put programs in place to increase our brand awareness.

Cindy Bishop
Recruiting Manager

Our geographic area (Grand Stand/Myrtle Beach area) is booming right now with transplants. I see the quality of candidate increasing which means more competition for the local candidate.

Alison Fraley
Starwood Vacation Ownership
Sheraton Broadway Plantation

We will be hiring more co-ops than we have in the past but will continue to maintain our levels of full time entry level and internships. We feel the job market is very strong right now.

Megan Filipi
College Recruiter
Argon ST

The market is very strong for engineers currently, and most employers I talked to said the grads they made offers to had gotten at least three solid offers at very high starting salaries. Student Interns who have worked for the company in the summer have continued to be our best source of new grads.

Barbara Kimball
Director, Human Resources

Looking at our continued level of activity, I see the need to conservatively hire to meet our obligations. We have increased head count by 50% in the last two years and growth is fueled by a mix of new grads and seasoned engineers.

Keith M. Bloomfield
Director of Human Resources
DeSimone Consulting Engineers, PLLC

We are targeting the entry level college grad market for our company as we are focused on promoting from within, thus grads feed this program as we being more and more people in from the bottom. We have increased our intern program significantly this year and we plan to hire more of students that have completed internships with us.

Darcy Van Orden
Staffing Manager
Centennial Contractors Enterprises

Job seekers can definitely afford to be picky, competition is heating up between companies that hire a lot of entry level college grads.

Michele McCauley
Manager of Corporate Recruiting
Apex Systems

Our goal is to become the premier energy consultant (globally) by 2010. With this vision comes a lot of organic as well as inorganic growth. This year (2006) was our most aggressive to date, and I don't expect 2007 to be much different.

Anna-Catherine Johnson

As Newell Rubbermaid's College Recruiting Program expands into new functional areas (Operations, Engineering, Human Resources) the number of hires will increase.

Christina Powell
Manager, Talent Acquisition
Newell Rubbermaid - Global Talent Acquisition

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