CollegeGrad.com Names Top 500 Entry Level Employers for 2006

College Grad Hiring Up 9.1% for 2006

MILWAUKEE, WI--(HR MARKETER)--January 24, 2006--As college students return to campuses nationwide to begin the spring semester, CollegeGrad.com, the #1 Entry Level Job Site, announces the Top 500 Entry Level Employers for 2006. The list represents more than 145,000 jobs for the class of 2006, with a 9.1% increase in hiring over 2005. The list of employers is available online at www.CollegeGrad.com/topemployers and includes links to the home page, careers page and college page for each employer.

Among the Top 500 Entry Level Employers, 61.4% are planning to hire more college grads in 2006 than in 2005, 15.9% will hire the same and 22.7% will be hiring fewer. "It's exciting to see the positive hiring trend continue for the Class of 2006," said Brian Krueger, president of CollegeGrad.com. "For the third consecutive year, we are seeing employers increasing their entry level hiring. This means higher demand for college students and a more robust entry level job market."

Employers recruiting the Class of 2006 are truly focusing on their college recruiting efforts as a top priority. Steven Jungman, Division Director of ChaseSource, LP explains, "Hiring new and recent college graduates has shown me how harnessing and channeling all of that raw energy and creativity can really add momentum to both existing and newly-formed companies."

Recruiters are noticing this year's students are more well-rounded compared with previous years' students. These students have a lot to offer entry level employers. "College grads entering our Corporate Management Training Program are abreast of the latest industry trends, techniques and technology," says Randy Goldberg, Executive Director of Recruiting for Hyatt Hotels. "They will define the future of Hyatt Hotels."

As employers sing the praises of college graduates, they are also finding it more competitive to hire college grads. Dan Black, Campus Recruiting Leader for Ernst Young explains, "Because of the increased competition for talent, accounting professionals have the opportunity to seek out the best working environment for them and we believe that it's here at Ernst Young." Maureen Crawford Hentz, Diversity Recruiter for Osram Sylvania adds, "We are working harder to land our top candidates, as most are also being pursued by other companies. We have to highlight all of our company's best features."

Campus career centers have noticed the significant hiring increase. "North Carolina State's campus career fairs are bursting at the seams with employers, and opportunities for internships, coops and jobs abound," says Carol Schroeder, Director of the Career Center at North Carolina State University.

Others are having similar experiences, receiving a greater number of requests for information sessions than ever before, and selling out job fairs months in advance.

The CollegeGrad.com survey results name Enterprise Rent-A-Car as the #1 Entry Level Employer for the fourth year in a row, with 7,000 projected entry level hires for 2006. "In the midst of an improving job market, Enterprise continues to hire the best and the brightest college graduates for our management training program," said Marie Artim, Assistant Vice President of Recruiting at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. "Hiring quality candidates with strong leadership skills is a priority, as these are the future leaders who will guide the continued growth and success of our company."

In addition to Enterprise Rent-A-Car, CollegeGrad.com details the hiring plans for more than 500 top entry level employers. While many on the list are household names such as Microsoft, General Electric and Boeing, there are also many lesser known employers such as TechSea, Medi-Dyn and Bisco Industries. But large or small, they are all actively seeking to hire college grads.

"This is an exciting time to be an up and coming college graduate," said Rebecca Face, Director of Corporate College Relations for Convergys. "Top employers realize today, more than ever, the talent and value that today's college graduates bring to the success of our business."

Career centers remind students that in order to be ready for their job search, they need to start the process early. "The work of carefully researching employment options, analyzing what you have to offer an employer, and preparing to talk about it must be done by each job seeker," reminds Schroeder. "And it doesn't matter if hiring is going full blast or nearly at a standstill--the more you prepare, the better the result!"

Krueger agrees, "It's never too early to start your job search. And with more entry level career information provided to college students and recent grads than available at any other site, CollegeGrad.com is a great place to start your search. Start early for best results. Start now."


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:

In the midst of an improving job market, Enterprise continues to hire the best and the brightest college graduates for our management training program. Hiring quality candidates with strong leadership skills is a priority, as these are the future leaders who will guide the continued growth and success of our company.

Marie Artim
Assistant Vice President, Recruiting
Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Black Veatch, as a global engineering, consulting and construction company, is experiencing tremendous growth in each of our markets, with new business resulting in strong employment growth. The addition of 193 college graduates, representing 19 percent of all U.S. new hires last year, helps provide the bench strength we'll need to continue building the vital energy, water and information infrastructure we provide globally.

Shirley Gaufin
Chief Human Resources Officer
Black Veatch

Accounting graduates are in demand again this year and Ernst Young is seeking motivated professionals looking for growth and success career opportunities either domestically or globally. Because of the increased competition for talent, accounting professionals have the opportunity to seek out the best working environment for them and we believe that its here at Ernst Young. We are recognized by FORTUNE and Working Mother as a great place to work and we're the highest ranking Big 4 firm in Universum's annual Diversity Top Companies listing because of our commitment to a flexible, inclusive culture that sees our people as the number one priority.

Dan Black
Campus Recruiting Leader
Ernst Young

We are delighted to again be recognized by CollegeGrad.com! GEICO is a company where entry-level college hires can reach their professional aspirations, and, there is no better example of this then a clerk who worked his way up 'the ladder' and was named our CEO. This is a story mirrored by many of the Company's managers.

David Schindler
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer
GEICO

The culture of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency promotes creative and thoughtful contributions by people in all positions, and an environment that values and encourages diversity.

Dean DeBuck
Press Officer
U.S. Comptroller of the Currency

At Whirlpool Corporation offer extension was up 33% from 2004 - 2005 and we will more than likely continue to see this trend for 2006. A predominant source of hiring other than target campus recruiting comes from our intern program with a conversion rate of approximately 60%.

We did see an increase of individuals attempting to enter into the job market however we also saw an increase in the number of companies coming back to campus' by approximately 20-30%.

Tiffany A Voglewede
University Relations Recruiter
Whirlpool Corporation

I have been a raving fan of CollegeGrad.com for three years now and now that I have transitioned from employee to partner, I feel strongly about continuing to harvest and nurture tomorrow's leaders TODAY from college campuses across the country. Hiring new and recent college graduates has shown me how harnessing and channeling all of that raw energy and creativity can really add momentum to both existing and newly-formed and growing companies! This will be my fourth year of working with CollegeGrad.com and I predict my most productive!

Steven Jungman
Division Director
ChaseSource, LP

At Hyatt, the college graduates who join us have unlimited opportunities to grow and develop. The culture of the company has always been to develop and promote current Hyatt associates, over 80% of our management positions are filled internally. College graduates entering our Corporate Management Training Program are abreast of the latest industry trends, techniques and technology and will define the future of Hyatt Hotels. As we move toward furthering the globalization of hospitality management as a career path we are confident that Hyatt will continue to offer challenging career opportunities and exceptional career growth.

Randy Goldberg
Executive Director Recruiting
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Ecolab spent 2005 focusing on expanding our intern/new college graduate programs and I am excited to say that we have experienced strong growth in the programs. We not only hired the largest number of new hires and interns in 2005, but we hired our strongest group of students to date.

I have been involved with college recruitment for 5 years, and have noticed many changes in the competition on campus, and in student demographics. The changes in the students have all been positive. The students that I met on campus this fall were more well-rounded, and better prepared for the job search.

Stephanie Jax
Manager, College Relations
Ecolab, Inc

Harris is continuously dedicated to hiring new college graduates in the engineering filed to keep our talent pipeline filled with the best and brightest the University have to offer. We are delighted to be part of the list again this year.

Cindy S. Kane
Director, Corporate Relations
Harris

It's an exciting time to be a graduating college student. Entry-level hiring is the strongest I've seen since September 11 and many companies, including Consolidated Graphics, are eagerly recruiting these talented, new hires to join their workforce.

It's not just the business and engineering students who have all of the luck. At Consolidated Graphics, we seek students with degrees in liberal arts, humanities, communications, and of course, printing.

Rachel S. Koenig, Ed.D.
National Manager of Recruiting Development
ConsolidatedGraphics

The job market for graduates is definitely rebounding. We are working harder at landing our top candidates, as most are also being pursued by other companies. I've found that candidates of interest often have multiple offers, so we have to highlight all of our company's best features.

Because the students graduating now are among the first of the millennial generation, it's a whole new ball game in terms of landing our top candidates. Millennials are definitely a different cohort of new employee. We spend a lot of time emphasizing our work-life balance, flextime and volunteer incentive programs because not only are we proud of them, but we also know that companies with these programs are more appealing to the millennial generation!

Maureen Crawford Hentz
Diversity Recruiter
Osram Sylvania

At Red Lobster and Darden Restaurants we are committed to strategically hiring college students with degrees in Hospitality Management into our management teams. Not only does this build our talent pool for the future, but we believe that to achieve our ultimate goal-to be the best in casual dining now and for generations-we must have leaders throughout the Company who inspire in their teams a great passion and enthusiasm for people, restaurants and dining.

Heather Kreider
Manager, University Relations
Red Lobster

College Recruiting is a critical component to the talent acquisition process. Companies that view college recruiting as a strategic and pro-active recruiting strategy will have much greater success.

Chris Collier
Senior Manager, Corporate Recruiting
Georgia-Pacific Corporation

This is an exciting time to be an up and coming college graduate. Top Employers realize today, more than ever, the talent and value that today's college graduates bring to the success of our businesses.

Rebecca Face
Director - Corporate College Relations
Convergys Corporation

Our supervisors have recognized the value of college recruiting and understand the technical market's competitive nature. Compared to last recruiting season, our college recruiting forecast is up by 50%, and I'm glad we've got some of the most exciting work that an employer can offer!

Pete Medrano
College Relations Manager
JHU Applied Physics Lab



Additional career center quotes:

NC State's campus career fairs are bursting at the seams with employers, and opportunities for internships, coops, and jobs abound. However, the work of carefully researching employment options (including some companies that may not be well known to you), analyzing what you have to offer an employer and preparing to talk about it must be done by each job seeker. And, it doesn't matter if hiring is going full blast or nearly at a standstill: the more you prepare, the better the result!

Carol Schroeder
Director, University Career Center
NC State University

We are thrilled with the opportunities we have seen coming through our recruiting program. Fall 2005 brought a 23% increase in postings over Fall 2004. Many companies are deepening their relationship with us by bringing various types of opportunities from departments new to Babson. We believe that the better we get to know our employers, the better we are able to serve them and this trend makes us feel very optimistic. We continue to see internships grow in their importance to placement and many of our seniors returned to campus with job offers in hand.

Megan Houlker
Associate Director
Babson College Center for Career Development

We are experiencing the greatest number of requests from employers for information sessions that any of our staff can remember, our Fall job fair was a sell out a month in advance with a waiting list and we are adding a special Diversity Career Expo on a regional basis this spring inviting minority students from all eight colleges and universities in the Hampton Roads area.

Tom Wunderlich
Executive Director, Career Management Center
Old Dominion University

Based on the response of 830 graduates we received in a recent survey, only 26% of our graduates have obtained jobs from posted job openings. A full 70% obtained their first job out of college from either their own networking efforts or through direct contact with decision-makers at companies that interested them.

Bruce E. Maxwell
Associate Director, The Career Center
East Carolina University

While this year is promising to yield positive options for many students, we still see some employers who are being tentative about college recruiting while other new players eagerly initiate efforts. Students will be well suited for many reasons to start early and pursue those employers as sophomores and juniors who provide valuable internships!

Denise Dwight Smith
Director, University Career Center
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Over the past three years, Virginia Tech Career Services has experienced a continuous increase of employers who are coming to campus and those using our services such as using our on-line resume books and posting job openings. Many companies have met with our Employer Relations staff to learn more about our students, both coops, internships and post-graduation employment. They are diligent about finding ways to increase name-recognition on campus and with our students by sponsoring events, meeting with student groups, speaking to faculty and classes, attending career fairs and the like.

Donna Cassell Ratcliffe
Director, Career Services
Virginia Tech

At the SMU Cox School of Business, the Undergraduate Career Services office is experiencing an increase in internships across the spectrum. The most prominent industries where we're seeing an increase in entry-level, full-time hiring is in real estate, accounting, banking, and supply chain management/logistics.

Kim Holladay
Director, Undergraduate Career Services
SMU/Cox School of Business

As a former technical recruiter, I was always impressed with the ideas, energy and enthusiasm that college grads brought to the work place. As a current career development professional at the college level, I continue to see that same combination in seniors ready to put their hard-earned degrees to work. Companies need to continue to recruit entry level workers to infuse their firms with those elements.

Couple those elements with the fact that many of today's seniors bring internship experience that enhances their academic program and you have a powerful combination at an affordable rate.

John Cornman
Director, Career Services
Southern Vermont College

It appears more than ever that many employers are valuing the liberal arts curriculum and education that our students receive. It prepares students to be flexible in their thinking about future career paths that employers may offer them.

Jerry Donahue
Director, Career Services Office
St. Norbert College



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