By this time in May, many new graduates have already thrown their mortar boards and tassels in the air, and many soon-to-be graduates are counting down the days to do the same. It’s graduation time! This means long, boring ceremonies, relatives asking what you plan to do with your life, you not knowing how to answer that question, and hopefully some fun parties in between.
Each year, new graduates wonder what kind of job market they’re about to enter. Obviously the last several years have been tough for everybody, but especially for entry-level workers. This year, many graduates will be packing up and moving to a new city, where the job opportunities are better. Others who were lucky and smart enough to secure a job with the company they interned with are set. But most graduates are just looking for a place to begin their new career in the fabled Real World so they can pay the rent and make use of their degrees. At this stage in life, few workers are looking for a permanent job to stick with for the next 10 years. What they want is a place to earn valuable experience and see what suits them.
Recently, we had some good news for graduates: 46 percent of plan to hire recent college graduates this year, and many of those companies will be paying higher starting salaries than they were in 2010. Meanwhile, the National Association of Colleges and Employers conducted its own survey and found that the average offer to new graduates is expected to be $50,462, which is 5.9 percent higher than last year’s figure.
In short, things are looking up. Although we couldn’t make it to your graduation ceremony, we wanted to give you a gift. Therefore, we decided to provide you a list of companies who are looking for recent graduates. They want smart, educated workers who are ready to begin their careers. Consider this our way of saying, “Congratulations! We’re proud of you!”
You can always find companies hiring new graduates at CareerRookie, which is one of our sister sites and is devoted to career advice, resources and listings for the college crowd.
Here are companies hiring new graduates:
Sample job titles: Business account executive, retail store manager, associate applications developer
Sample job titles: Entry-level sales representative, sales consultant, territory sales representatives
Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank
Sample job titles: U.S. associate, analyst, paralegal, specialist, administrator, middle office support, front office support, helpdesk support
Dayton Freight Lines
Sample job titles: Apprentice, account manager, customer service representative, management internship, management trainee
Industry: Wholesale distribution (plumbing products /building materials)
Sample job titles: Sales trainee program, credit trainee program
Industry: Manufacturing, technology, engineering
Sample job titles: Electrical design engineer, associate engineer, research engineer, project engineer
Sample job title: Manager trainee
Industry: Information technology
Sample job titles: Developers, engineers, project managers
The Kroger Co.
Sample job titles: Assistant store manager and co-manager
Liberty Mutual Group
Sample job titles: Sales, claims, underwriting
Industry: Government services
Sample job titles: Associate analyst, health systems, associate consultant, professional services consulting, associate engineer, software engineering
Plymouth Auctioneering Services
Industry: Sales, entertainment, fine art
Sample job titles: International fine art sales and consultant
TATA Consultancy Services
Industry: IT consulting
Sample job titles: Software engineer
University Sports Publications
Industry: Sports publications sales
Sample job titles: Inside sales, inside advertising sales, inside sales representative
Sample job titles: Business associate, operations research associate, business information systems associate, consultant