Press Quotes from 2002 Top Entry Level Employers

Employer Quotes

"Opportunities exist in several different sectors, both public and private. Applied Signal Technology views this economic period as an exciting opportunity! At this moment our companys history as an opportunity to research and develop newer and more technologically complex HW/SW systems. Since we are a vendor partner to several government agencies, we have a unique opportunity to assist our national defense efforts and at the same time grow our business."
- Todd G. Penns, Senior Technical Recruiter, Applied Signal Technology

"We hired four entry level Field Engineers fresh out of college from last year's graduating class. All four have survived and are well on their way to becoming Project Engineers. We will be hiring five more this year and are hoping for similar results."
- Ron Bane, Vice President, Raito

We're still recruiting superstars from college campuses, and our college recruiting program is an integral part of our recruiting strategy for software engineers. You can see more about the positions we've got open at www.amazon.com/college."
- Rachael Round, Manager, College Recruiting, Amazon.com

"Our Blue Box values at American Express will never change. We will continue to look for the best and the brightest to join our team. That's our core."
- Tony Rodriguez, Recruiting Manager, American Express Financial Advisors

"Teach For America seeks to recruit outstanding students with records of achievement and leadership. These students will always be highly sought after by many sectors and we continue to expand and refine our efforts to reach them. Many of them have already committed to using their leadership skills to impact student achievement in the next two years and to continuing to expand opportunities for all our nation's children in whatever field they ultimately pursue. We hope more of them will join our movement."
- Clara Montz, Recruitment Associate, Teach For America

"We were in the % of employers hiring as many or more College Graduates for the 2001 -2002 recruiting season. Why? The Human Service/Special Education industry is not going anywhere. High Tech firms may tank with the downturn in the economy but there continues to be a need in our industry for caring individuals to work with children. Our program is always in search of bright, academically inclined college graduates with a desire to work with children or young adults with autism and developmental disabilities. This is a great career (Special Education) for individuals who want to 'Make a difference' in a young persons life."
- Scott Barnes, Director of Staff Development, The New England Center for Children

Career Center Director Quotes:

"Overall college hiring in the technology sector is taking a substantial hit, but we are also experiencing strength in other areas like defense related business, the public sector, and we have an all-time record employer enrollment in our Not-for-Profit Job Fair which is scheduled for November 14, 2001. A wave of patriotism is sweeping this college campus if you judge based upon the interest in the various intelligence and law enforcement agencies that recruit with Indiana University. The CIA had more than 4 times the number of submitted resumes this year when compared to the past several years."
- Alan McNabb, Director of Placement, Indiana University

"Established companies who have experienced previous economic downturns know how important it is to maintain an ongoing campus presence. HR reps who don't have that experience are reluctant to come on campus for two or three positions compared to the dozens they filled last year. In the past few years, students have been shopping. Competition for a smaller number of jobs can actually yield a more serious applicant pool."
- Joan M. Stoia, Director Campus Career Network, University of Massachusetts

"Students should not overreact to the layoff headlines and assume job hunting is hopeless. There are always employers with hiring needs, and many will use this recession to hire top talent."
- Dr. Larry Routh, Director Career Services, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

"Great news not withstanding, students in the current market need to be flexible and seek out what makes them 'unique.' In other words it is more important than ever that students link their skills to employment opportunities and be able to answer the question: 'why am I the best person for the job?' Although 45% of employers will hire more college grads this year than last year, 55% will hire the same number or fewer students than last year. Students should consider all the resources available to them as they seek employment, not the least of which are Career Development Centers. Suddenly, it's become fashionable to work for defense contractors and government agencies. What a difference a year makes!"
- Tom Tarantelli, Director, Career Development Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"A number of major corporations are not recruiting on campus this fall. However, while corporate opportunities are down, we are seeing a pronounced increase in hiring by government and non-profit organizations. I attended a government jobs conference in the Washington, DC area in late September, and the federal government is hiring! The federal workforce is 1.8 million people, the same size as it was during the Kennedy Administration, and over 50% of the government workforce is eligible to retire during the next 10 years. These facts, coupled with recent events and the need for government employees in the military, intelligence, health, transportation, security and other areas, spell "opportunity" for job seekers. I also anticipate a trickle down effect to state and local government openings. One note of caution: federal and state government positions require job seekers to start early and be patient."
- Dr. Richard White, Director, Career Services, Rutgers University

"This is probably not a year in which most students can simply select a job from an internet listing or other college posting. Researching, developing a network, connecting with alumni, and writing excellent cover letters to targeted employers will be key to a successful job search. Follow-through and professional persistence are probably two of the most needed skills, not only in landing the job, but in advancing in the organization."
- Karin Ash, Director of Career Services, Cornell University


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