CollegeGrad.com Names Top 500 Entry-Level Employers for 2009, Entry-Level Job Opportunities Remain Stable

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CollegeGrad.com, the #1 Entry-Level Job Site, has announced the Top 500 Entry-Level Employers for 2009. Despite difficult economic times, 2009 faces the second largest projected increase in entry-level hiring CollegeGrad.com has seen since 2005, down 1.5 percent from last year, but up 11.4 percent from 2007. Good news for graduates as entry-level job opportunities look to remain stable in 2009.

As college graduation ceremonies commence nationwide, CollegeGrad.com, the #1 Entry-Level Job Site on the Web, announces the Top 500 Entry-Level Employers for 2009. Despite difficult economic times, 2009 faces the second largest projected increase in entry-level hiring CollegeGrad.com has seen since 2005, down 1.5 percent from last year, but up 11.4 percent from 2007.

The Top Entry-Level Employers list represents nearly 158,000 jobs for the class of 2009, and is available online at http://www.CollegeGrad.com/topemployers/2009_entry_level.shtml. Verizon Wireless tops the list with plans of hiring more than 13,000 new grads, while the smallest featured employers will hire as few as 10; good news for graduates, as entry-level job opportunities look to remain stable in 2009.

"The hiring landscape is ever-changing and provides challenges to the employer and employee alike," Staff VP for Verizon Wireless, Leighann McGinnis said. "Despite these challenges, there is a continued need to identify and attract top talent...College graduates are highly engaged, technically adept and compliment our culture."

Although entry-level job seekers face one of the worst economic recessions in recent history, college recruiting remains stable. New hires need to be able to perform and provide fresh insight in a time when many companies are struggling.

"I want seniors and recent graduates to be aware that there are jobs out there for them, despite the media's 24/7 hyperbole about the economy," Director of Career Services for Mount Ida College, Rob Brooks said. "They probably will encounter some rejection as they pursue employment, but that is normal in any economy and should not deter them from their career goals. Focused effort, job hunting skills, persistence and resiliency will overcome any obstacles to their search."

CollegeGrad.com reminds college grads that a successful job search requires a concerted and focused effort. With more entry-level career information provided to college students and recent grads than available at any other site, CollegeGrad.com is a premier job search destination.

"The cliche is true...finding a job is a full-time job in itself," Director of Career Services, Purdue University Clumet, Shelly Robinson said. "It is a lot of work and students should be prepared to encounter rejection, and even worse, get no response at all. Even so, they shouldn't give up and should continue to network and seek out the perfect opportunity."

The Top Entry-Level Employers list was generated while conducting the 2009 Top Entry-Level Employers survey. Respondents provided entry-level, master's, and intern hiring projections for 2009. Respondents also broke down projected hires by major and ranked criteria in order of importance for hiring consideration. A full copy of the survey is available at: http://www.CollegeGrad.com/topemployers/2009_entry_level.shtml

About CollegeGrad.com: CollegeGrad.com was founded in 1996 and has been running the Top Entry Level Employer survey since 2003. Over that time, CollegeGrad.com has become the number one destination site for students and recent college grads looking for career advice and job search assistance. Additionally, CollegeGrad.com has become a trusted partner and resource for hundreds of national schools and universities. If you would like to be included in future surveys or if you wish to get information about how you can link to your company profile page, please contact Adeola Ogunwole at adeola.ogunwole @ collegegrad.com.

CONTACT INFO: Adeola Ogunwole, Director of Marketing and PR, CollegeGrad.com, 1-800-991-4642 or contact us online at http://www.collegegrad.com/contact/us

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