CollegeGrad.com Names Top 500 Entry Level Employers for 2006--College Grad Hiring Up 7.8% for 2006

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CollegeGrad.com, the #1 Entry Level Job Site, announces the Top 500 Entry Level Employers for 2006. The list represents more than 160,000 jobs for the class of 2006, with a 7.8% increase in hiring over 2005.

As the class of 2006 prepares for graduation, CollegeGrad.com, the #1 Entry Level Job Site, announces the Top 500 Entry Level Employers for 2006. The list represents more than 160,000 jobs for the class of 2006, with a 7.8% increase in hiring over 2005. The list of employers is available online at http://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, 65% are planning to hire more college grads in 2006 than in 2005, 15% will hire the same and 20% 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 excited about the new talent entering the job market. "It's an exciting time to be a graduating college student," said Rachel Koenig, National Manager of Recruiting for ConsolidatedGraphics. "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."

Recruiters are noticing this year's graduating class is more well-rounded compared with previous years' students. Stephanie Jax, Manager of College Relations at Ecolab noticed many changes in the competition on campus, and in the student demographics. "The changes in the students have all been positive," said Jax. "The students that I met on campus this fall were more well-rounded, and better prepared for the job search."

As employers sing the praises of college graduates, they are also finding it more competitive to hire exceptional 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 Lockheed Martin, KPMG, and Coca-Cola, there are also many lesser known employers such as Grimco, Teradyne and Three Springs. But large or small, they are all actively seeking to hire college grads.

Top majors being hired this year include Marketing, Business, Management and Accounting. Graduates with Computer Science and Communication degrees are also being highly sought after. Many companies hire a wide variety of majors. "It's not just the business and engineering students who have all of the luck," said Koenig. "We seek students with degrees in liberal arts, humanities, communications, and of course, printing."

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."

The survey information was gathered while compiling the list of more than 500 Top Entry Level Employers for 2006. More information on the survey results along with the list of Top Entry Level Employers are posted at http://www.CollegeGrad.com.

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.

Contact: Heidi Hanisko

Phone: 262-375-6700

The full press release, along with additional employer and college career center quotes, is available online at http://www.CollegeGrad.com/press.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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