CollegeGrad Names Top 500 Entry-Level Employers

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<p><strong>Milwaukee &mdash; May 15</strong><br />As college graduation proceeds nationwide,, an entry-level job site, has announced the top 500 entry-level employers for 2007.&nbsp; </p><p>Great news for the class of 2007: Entry-level employers are increasing their hiring by 7.7 percent in 2007.</p><p>The top entry-level employers list represents more than 170,000 jobs for the class of 2007. It also 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.<br /><br />Among the top 500 entry-level employers, 60 percent are planning to hire more college grads in 2007 than in 2006.&nbsp; </p><p>Nineteen percent will hire the same number, and 21 percent will be hiring fewer college grads than in 2006.&nbsp; </p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s a great time to be graduating from college,&quot; said Brian Krueger, president. &quot;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.&quot;<br /><br />The survey results name Enterprise Rent-A-Car as the No. 1 entry-level employer for the fifth year in a row.&nbsp; </p><p>With 8,000 projected entry-level hires for 2007, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is predicting a 14 percent increase in its 2007 entry-level hiring.&nbsp; </p><p>&quot;Our experience in hiring for Enterprise&#39;s management training program has revealed the importance of showing candidates a true picture of our overall company and their potential career with us,&quot; said Marie Artim, Enterprise Rent-A-Car assistant vice president of recruiting. &quot;While the basics like pay, hours and benefits are still important and must be addressed, a candidate&#39;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.&quot;<br /><br />In addition to Enterprise Rent-A-Car, details the hiring plans for more than 500 top entry-level employers.&nbsp; </p><p>The list includes many return top employers from previous years, including Teach for America, KPMG and GEICO Direct.&nbsp; </p><p>There are plenty of exciting new additions to the list, as well, including UBS Investment Bank with 1,500 planned hires, Penske with 225 planned hires and J.G. Wentworth with 100 planned entry-level hires.<br /><br />Significant growth is being projected by companies of all sizes and in all industries throughout the list.&nbsp; </p><p>Among the largest companies, PNC Financial Services Group is projecting a 31 percent increase in entry-level hiring for 2007.&nbsp; </p><p>CIGNA is projecting a 227 percent growth in hiring &mdash; going from 127 entry level hires in 2006 to 415 in 2007.&nbsp; </p><p>Growth such as this by companies across the board will help to provide this year&rsquo;s graduating class with a truly favorable job market.<br /><br />Employers recruiting the class of 2007 are recognizing that hiring recent college grads is critical for their company&rsquo;s future.&nbsp; </p><p>&quot;College graduates are brighter, motivated and more globally aware than ever before,&quot; said Michele Wagner, CH2M Hill talent acquisition program manager. &quot;As a company focused on global growth, we are excited about growing our college recruiting program to tap into this group of ideal candidates.&quot;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />Mike Shepelak, SWIFT head of human resources, agrees.&nbsp; </p><p>&quot;At SWIFT we value very much the skillsets and high motivation that the college grads bring to the company,&quot; Shepelak said. &quot;Our college-recruiting program is highly valued by SWIFT management and has contributed to the success of the company.&quot; <br /><br />The results of the top entry-level employers survey predict one of the best entry-level job markets of the new millennium.&nbsp; </p><p>&quot;We&rsquo;re finding ourselves in a job market where the unemployment rate hovers around 5 percent, and we continue to hire, borrow and, yes, steal talent from every source available to support our economic growth,&quot; Steven Jungman, Chasesource LP director, said.</p>

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