MILWAUKEE, WI--(HR MARKETER)--May 14, 2007--As graduation proceeds for the Class of 2007 nationwide, CollegeGrad.com, the #1 Entry Level Job Site, announces the Top 500 Entry Level Employers for 2007. Great news for this year's graduating class--entry level employers are increasing their hiring by 7.7% in 2007! The Top Entry Level Employers list represents more than 170,000 jobs for the class of 2007, and is available online at https://CollegeGrad.com/topemployers. It details the 2007 entry level hiring plans for more than 500 employers and includes links to the home page, careers page and college page for each employer.
Among the Top 500 Entry Level Employers, 60% are planning to hire more college grads in 2007 than in 2006. 19% will hire the same number and 21% will be hiring fewer college grads than in 2006. "It?s a great time to be graduating from college," said Brian Krueger, president of CollegeGrad.com. "The skills and energy of the class of 2007 are in high demand among employers. Graduates who put in their best job search effort may find themselves generating multiple offers."
The CollegeGrad.com survey results name Enterprise Rent-A-Car as the #1 Entry Level Employer for the fifth year in a row. With 8000 projected entry level hires for 2007, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is predicting a 14% increase in their 2007 entry level hiring. "Our experience in hiring for Enterprise's Management Training program has revealed the importance of showing candidates a true picture of our overall company and their potential career with us," said Marie Artim, Assistant Vice President of Recruiting at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. "While the basics like pay, hours and benefits are still important and must be addressed, a candidate's decisions are often made based on the bigger picture--so we take care to highlight the values of our company, opportunity for advancement and more."
In addition to Enterprise Rent-A-Car, CollegeGrad.com details the hiring plans for more than 500 top entry level employers. The list includes many return Top Employers from previous years, such as Teach for America, KPMGt, and GEICO Direct. There are plenty of exciting new additions to the list as well, including UBS Investment Bank with 1500 planned hires, Penske with 225 planned hires, and J.G. Wentworth with 100 planned entry level hires.
Significant growth is being projected by companies of all sizes and in all industries throughout the list. Among the largest companies, PNC Financial Services Group is projecting a 31% increase in entry level hiring for 2007. CIGNA is projecting an impressive 227% growth in hiring--going from 127 entry level hires in 2006 to 415 in 2007. Growth such as this by companies across the board will help to provide this year?s graduating class with a truly favorable job market.
Employers recruiting the Class of 2007 are recognizing that hiring recent college grads is critical for their company?s future. "College graduates are brighter, motivated, and more globally aware than ever before," said Michele Wagner, Talent Acquisition Program Manager for CH2M Hill. "As a company focused on global growth, we are excited about growing our college recruiting program to tap into this group of ideal candidates."
Mike Shepelak, Head of Human Resources for SWIFT agrees. "At SWIFT we value very much the skillsets and high motivation that the college grads bring to the company," said Shepelak. "Our college recruiting program is highly valued by SWIFT management and has contributed to the success of the company."
The results of the CollegeGrad.com Top Entry Level Employers survey predict one of the best entry level job markets of the new millennium. As Steven Jungman, Director of Chasesource, LP points out, "we?re finding ourselves in a job market where the unemployment rate hovers around 5% and we continue to hire, borrow, and yes, steal talent from every source available to support our economic growth."
Krueger reminds college students that although the 2007 job outlook is favorable, a successful job search requires a concerted and focused effort. "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 early. Start now."
CollegeGrad.com is the #1 entry level job site on the Internet and is the leader in the field of entry level job search. 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.
"The number of companies wishing to hire recent college graduates has increased, giving students more options as they research potential employers. Our experience in hiring for Enterprise's Management Training program has revealed the importance of showing candidates a true picture of our overall company and their potential career with us. While the basics like pay, hours and benefits are still important and must be addressed, a candidate's decisions are often made based on the bigger picture - so we take care to highlight the values of our company, opportunity for advancement, and the like."
Assistant Vice President - Recruiting
"The success of our firm depends on the recruitment and retention of the best and brightest. We are constantly working to develop new and relevant ways to reach out to the college audience about working at Ernst Young. Ernst Young is committed to building the leaders of tomorrow and today's students will be the future leaders of our firm and our profession."
Director - Americas Campus Recruiting
"College graduates are brighter, motivated, and more globally aware than ever before. As a company focused on global growth while using sustainable and innovative solutions to build a better world, we are excited about growing our college recruiting program to tap into this group of ideal candidates."
Michele J. Wagner, SPHR
Talent Acquisition Program Manager
"Despite a very strong job market, we are seeing more and more top graduates dedicate at least two years to teaching in low-income communities around the country. We are inspired that, with so many options, they are making the decision that the most important thing they can do with their lives is to effect fundamental changes in our society."
Senior Vice President
Teach For America
"At SWIFT we value very much the skillsets and high motivation that the college grads bring to the company. Our college recruiting program is highly valued by SWIFT management and has contributed to the success of the company."
Head of Human Resources
SWIFT - Americas
"Harris Corporation is proud to be recognized for the 5th year in a row as a Top Entry Level Employer by CollegeGrad.com. Harris is dedicated to the college recruiting process as it breathes new life, ideas and technology into our organization every year. It is an important element in preparing our company for the future."
Alina V. Shaffer
Manager, College Recruiting
"While last year may have been a difficult market for the recent college grad, 2006 should be more favorable. While on campus I encountered more companies (about 33% more) recruiting business students and those that are normally on campus have seemed to increase their need. I have also seen an escalation in starting salaries and the offering of signing bonuses to undergraduates. While the competition has been keener this year, we have had a very successful year in terms of the quality and quantity of our recruits."
Vice President, Human Resources
Director, Strategic Talent Acquisition
PNC Financial Services Group
"Investors Bank and Trust strives to create an atmosphere that makes it easier for a recent graduate to transition into the work environment. Through extensive classroom style training programs, our 100% tuition reimbursement program, community, volunteer, and sports programs, there are many options to make you feel at home with the # 1 ranked global custodian."
Janielle M. Newland
Recruiting and College Programs
Investors Bank Trust Co.
"As I begin my fourth year with CollegeGrad.com, I continue to benefit and learn from my association with this visionary institution. In 2004, when I painted an upbeat and rose-colored future for fresh college graduates with respect to an improving job market and to more employers going after raw talent at the collegiate level. As any Google or Ask.com search will show, I was ridiculed in more than one article and blog by those who thought that I was predicting an erroneous job market environment and that I was giving a false of hope to those graduating in a post 9-11 and Internet bust world!
"Three years later we find ourselves in a job market where the unemployment rate hovers around 5% and we continue to hire, borrow, and yes, steal talent from every source available to support our economic growth.
"At ChaseCom/ChaseSource, LP, we plan to hire even more college graduates than we did last year and this year, we are going after more engineering and information technology graduates. Having been on the top employers list at CollegeGrad.com for the past two years (as ChaseCom) helps to attract more members of this outstanding talent pool while clients of mine to include Enterprise Leasing, Sherwin Williams Paints, and Mattress Firm, Inc. continue their trend of hiring, training, promoting, and keeping, those outstanding new graduates who will lead us in the future!!
"Thank you CollegeGrad.com!!"
"Previous employment and skills are not necessarily what we are looking for. We look for candidates that will be an outstanding representative for our company. A positive attitude, tenacious spirit and professional demeanor are all qualities that we focus on when hiring entry-level candidates."
Kristin A. Kazimour-Mitnick
Edgepark Medical Supplies
"This is a great year to be a college grad. Companies like Osram Sylvania have been on college campuses since early fall cultivating candidates and recruiting. This year we are offering more positions and offering them earlier in an effort attract the best candidates."
Maureen Crawford Hentz
Manager of Talent Acquisition
Osram Sylvania, Inc.
"Today more than ever, is a college students market with demand for students coming out of universities and colleges at an all-time high. It is a very exciting time to be a student and have this type of opportunity to really go wherever you want to go and do the work you want to do.
"At the same time it is a huge opportunity for employers to capitalize on this curiosity of the students to explore all avenues and companies. Companies can do a lot to get their name out there with the students and become an employer of choice as Whirlpool has."
Tiffany A Voglewede
University Relations Recruiter
"From an employer's perspective, the importance of hiring quality entry-level applicants will continue to increase as the baby-boomer generation prepares for retirement. The opportunities for the recent college grad will be overwhelming so it's just as important for entry-level applicants to start thinking about their careers even if they are still a year or more away from graduation."
21st Mortgage Corporation
"Companies that want to meet the business challenges that lie ahead must be gowing and developing their own since there will not be enough talent to go around in the near future. For us here at Charming Shoppes, hiring entry level employees brings renewed energy, fresh ideas, technology saviness and future leadership into our organization. We see it as an investment in our future."
Nikki Kurland, PHR
Director of Recruitment and Development
Charming Shoppes, Inc
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