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Top employers for class of 2006

70 percent of managers polled say they'll recruit college grads

From CareerBuilder.com

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The biggest employers of the class of 2006 won't necessarily be the nation's largest companies, a recent survey suggests.

According to a report by entry-level job site CollegeGrad.comexternal link, this year's top entry level employers include a healthy mix of Fortune 500 companies, smaller firms and government agencies.

"This is an exciting time to be an up-and-coming college graduate," said Rebecca Face, director of corporate college relations for Convergysexternal link, a company that provides business process outsourcing services. "Top employers realize today, more than ever, the talent and value that today's college graduates bring to the success of our business."

Seventy percent of hiring managers say they plan to recruit recent college graduates this year, up from 62 percent in 2005, according to CareerBuilder.com's "College Hiring 2006" survey. Nearly one-in-five expect to hire more recent grads than last year, and 27 percent plan to boost starting salaries.

Company recruiters will have heavy workloads in upcoming months. Thirty-six percent of hiring managers say they will do the majority of their hiring of recent college graduates in the second quarter, the CareerBuilder.com survey found. Thirty-one percent say the majority of their hiring will take place in the third quarter.

According to CollegeGrad.com, these companies will be the heaviest recruiters on college campuses this year:

1. Enterprise Rent-A-Carexternal link

Projected entry-level hires in 2006: 7,000

2. Lockheed Martinexternal link

4,400

3. Walgreen Companyexternal link

4,300

4. PricewaterhouseCoopersexternal link

3,817

5. Deloitte & Touche USA LLPexternal link

3,500

6. Ernst & Youngexternal link

3,400

7. Schlumbergerexternal link

3,000

8. U.S. Department of Agricultureexternal link

3,000

9. Hertz

2,500

10. KPMGexternal link

2,240

Students hoping to cash in on one of these positions should be sure their resumes accurately reflect their experience. According to CareerBuilder.com, nearly one-in-four hiring managers view relevant experience as the most important factor when evaluating an entry-level candidate. Hiring managers also assign heavy value to:

  • Good fit within the company culture -- 21 percent
  • Educational background -- 19 percent
  • Enthusiasm -- 12 percent
  • Whether the candidate offers up ideas and asks good questions -- 8 percent


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