Posted by Willy Franzen on December 22, 2008. Jobs updated daily.
With the end of the year almost upon us, I thought it would be a good idea to spend the next two weeks revisiting the companies that we’ve featured over the past fourteen months. It should give us a good idea of what the economy looks like for new college grads who are job searching, and it will also give me some more time to put the final touches on the job search training course that Jason Seiden and I are working on (have I told you about it yet?). If you can’t wait for the next two weeks of posts, you can always visit our entry level job archives and use the links at the end of each post to navigate your way to each company’s job listings.
InsideTrack: There are 2 each of Success Coach and Enrollment Coach positions in Portland, OR. All of the jobs were posted on December 8th.
Iconoculture: There are Cultural Fluent positions in Turkey and Mexico. These aren’t full time jobs, but they’re a cool thing to do if you’re living abroad.
WildCharge: WildCharge doesn’t have any current job openings.
Gorilla Nation Media: Gorilla Nation appears to be doing well, as they are currently looking for entry level Associate Sales Planners in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, as well as an Ad Operations Specialist in Los Angeles.
GEICO: GEICO’s Careers site now allows you to search only for entry level jobs, and we count 97 available opportunities. People still need insurance in a recession.
WET Design: Their list of current job opportunities is the same as it was more than a year ago. They clearly haven’t updated it, so you’ll have to contact them to get the scoop on what’s really available.
J.P. Franzen Associates Architects: My Dad’s probably not hiring, but you can give him a shout if you’re a top architecture grad. He’d love to hear from you.
Ryan Partnership: They still don’t include descriptions with their job listings, but there are a ton of openings that may or may not be outdated – especially on the Account side. It’s hard to tell which ones can be considered entry level, so you’ll have to reach out to Ryan Partnership to find out.
Plimoth Plantation and Colonial Williamsburg: It looks like meager times at Plimoth Plantation and Colonial Williamsburg. I don’t see much that would be of interest to a new grad, but you can always try to be a part of the living history museum.
Amazon.com: Everything at Amazon listed on their entry level jobs page appears to be geared to grads with a background in software development.
LECG: LECG has changed the location of their job listings; however, they still have a number of Research Analyst positions that are perfect for new grads who want to get into a global expert services consulting firm.
CNN: It’s still nearly impossible to figure out how to apply to the Video Journalist program, and from what I’ve heard, CNN is currently under a hiring freeze. Despite that fact, there are 1,089 jobs listed on Time Warner’s jobs site (most aren’t entry level). I’m not sure what to make of it, but I couldn’t find any Video Journalist program job listings.
IDEO: IDEO has revamped their Careers site, and it looks great. They usually look for people with significant depth of experience, but there are a couple openings that might be worth looking at, especially if you have great design skills.
Zillow.com: Zillow’s Jobs page doesn’t render properly for me, but it does show that they are still looking to hire people in User Experience, Sales, and Software Development. Zillow did layoff people in October, so the lack of attention to design of their Jobs page may be representative of the fact that they’ve been neglecting it for a reason.
Under Armour: The apparel manufacturer actually appears to be doing well. They have jobs that can be considered entry level in Design, Product Development, Accounting, Investor Relations, and more. They’re also looking for models!
Nintendo: The Wii is still selling like crazy, so it’s no big surprise that Nintendo has 45 jobs listed. Still, many of the jobs are contract jobs or at the senior level. There are some web design, user experience, and software development positions that may be suitable for new grads, though.
Random House: The major publisher starts accepting applications for their entry level Associates Program on January 1st. They also have jobs available for new grads in Editorial, Sales, Merchandising, e-Books, AR/Collections, and Project Leadership.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York: The New York Fed is as busy as ever right now, and they’re looking for Research Associates, Rotational Analysts, and Business Support Analysts
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts: The best way to get a job at a Four Seasons Hotel and Resort is still to contact the individual location where you’d like to work. They also seem willing to speak with new college graduates about their career plans.
The Doneger Group: There are no jobs available at The Doneger Group.
Insitu: Insitu still has quite a few job openings for new engineering grads.
Burton: There are quite a few jobs available with the snowboard manufacturer, but most of them seem to require 3+ years of experience.
US Forest Service: The USFS has 408 job openings now, and they had 405 job openings back in April, so the economy hasn’t affected them yet. I’m not going to look through all of the jobs, but I can guarantee that many can be considered entry level.
Ogilvy: Although it’s impossible to know because they don’t list specific job openings, this big name ad agency probably isn’t the easiest place to get a job right now.
Ning: This company allows you to build your own social networks, and they have a ton of job openings. Most are on the Software Development side, but there are a few options for entry level designers or marketers (advocates).
Insomniac Games: There are jobs all over the place at Insomniac Games. Whether you are an artist, animator, designer, or software developer, they’re worth checking out.
Hydra: There are 4 job openings at Hydra, and all appear to be entry level – Affiliate Manager, Office Assistant, Jr. Linux/UNIX Sys Admin, PHP Programmer, and Account Executive.
Pinkberry: Although more Pinkberry competitors have arrived on the scene lately, Pinkberry hasn’t changed their ways. They still only list an e-mail address for job inquiries.
Domini Social Investments: There are no current job openings at Domini Social Investments.
RehabCare: Healthcare is probably one of the safest places to be right now, and RehabCare is all about healthcare. They’re also all about entry-level hiring! They even have a a blog just for college recruiting. You should be able to find plenty of openings if you have a background in occupational therapy, physical rehabilitation, physical therapy, or speech language pathology.
See, things aren’t as bad as you thought they were. Are they?
We've identified End of the Year Revisiting Part 1 as having career opportunities in the following categories: