Survey Finds Recruiting of New College Graduates Up Over Five Years Ago

April 27, 2006 ( - Demand for hiring new college graduates looks better than it did five years ago, as more executives say they are doing more to recruit, according to a new survey.

Forty-one percent of executives say their firms are more active in recruiting university graduates now than they were five years ago, with only 13% reported slowing their college recruiting efforts, according to a recent survey by staffing service, Accountemps.

The national survey includes responses from 150 senior executives — including those from human resources, finance and marketing departments — with the nation’s 1,000 largest companies.

When asked whether there firm was more active in recruiting entry-level candidates than it was five years ago, 14% said significantly more, 27%, somewhat more; 37%, about the same; 9%, somewhat less; 4%, significantly less; 3% said they did not recruit from colleges; and 6% said they did not know.

“As the hiring environment has become increasingly competitive, demand for recent graduates also has risen,” said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps, in a news release.. “Yet, the best positions still go to the most resourceful job seekers.”