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Ernst & Young campus hiring returns to pre-recession levels; member firms to hire over 9,000 college graduates and MBAs this fiscal year in the Americas
(September 9, 2011) New initiatives and ad campaign introduced to enhance recruiting efforts this fall New York, 8 September 2011 – Ernst & Young firms in the Americas will hire approximately 9,000 students from across the area, including 5,200 from US campuses, in the 2012 fiscal year, which began July 1, 2011. This marks the return of the organization’s campus hiring to pre-recession levels.
Ernst & Young will hire 5,200 graduates for full-time positions, 3,900 interns and will double its MBA hiring throughout the Americas, which includes firms in the US, Canada, Israel, Mexico, Central America and South America. In the US, Ernst & Young LLP will hire 3,000 graduates for full-time positions and 2,200 interns. Due to increased demand from clients, the organization is hiring in all practice areas, and seeks candidates interested in working in more than one global office during their career. Ernst & Young has also launched several new initiatives, including an advertising campaign, to better connect with students and prepare them for global careers.
“Our campus hires are the future leaders of the firm, so we are constantly seeking new ways to enhance our relationships with them and to develop programs that are responsive to their career goals,” said Dan Black, Ernst & Young LLP’s Director of Campus Recruiting. “The fall recruiting season is our most active time to recruit students graduating this academic year, so we are doing all we can to stand out from the competition.”
For the 15th consecutive year Ernst & Young hosted its International Intern Leadership Conference, which drew 1,900 interns from 29 countries. Along with this event, the organization has also launched several new initiatives in the Americas to enhance its ability to attract top talent, including:
Global Student Exchange Program – The new internship program offers overseas assignments for select summer interns. Internships start at US firm office locations and then participants spend four weeks abroad at another Ernst & Young firm office within the organization’s global network that spans more than 140 countries. Students return and complete their internship at their US firm home office. This year 35 Ernst & Young interns participated in the Global Student Exchange Program, including US students going abroad and non-US students on assignment from other countries.
Emerging Leaders Summit – Ernst & Young introduced the Emerging Leaders Summit (ELS) this summer, a two-and-a-half day conference for students who have demonstrated leadership potential through their academic and personal lives. Students in their sophomore to senior year are eligible to participate and the summit consists of presentations and breakout sessions on topics such as ethics and transparency and how it relates to leadership, and interactive case studies. Approximately 250 students from the US and Canada attended the inaugural conference in Washington, DC, which included presentations by James S. Turley, Ernst & Young’s Global Chairman and CEO, and other senior leaders. Click here to watch this short video of students discussing the impact participating in ELS has had on them.
CampusLIVE – Ernst & Young has a relationship with CampusLIVE, a new website that enables students to connect to brands through polls, surveys, scavenger hunts, team matches and more with an opportunity to win prizes. Through Ernst & Young’s presence on the site, which will launch later this month, select students will be offered a chance to take the Ernst & Young Challenge — a series of questions about the organization – and win an iPad. Participants can also share the Challenge with their friends on Facebook and Twitter and, in turn, enter to win an iPod nano. Students can visit www.campuslive.com and enter school specific information to participate.
Staff Twitter handle - A new campus hire will tweet from this account starting October 1st. This Twitter feed will provide information on a day-in-the-life of an Ernst & Young LLP “Staff 1” employee, the firm’s entry-level position. Sunny Senedara, a Staff 1 in McLean, Virginia, was the first Staff 1 to tweet from the @EYStaff Twitter handle and will turn it over to a new employee when she is promoted this fall.
New advertising campaign - Ernst & Young will launch a new advertising campaign on campuses the first week of September. The new ads highlight the benefits of working at Ernst & Young and include the tagline “See More,” which is intended to encourage students to seek more information about internship and job opportunities at the firm by visiting Ernst & Young’s career website, ey.com/possibilities. The ads will appear in campus newspapers and on select sites including the wsj.com, businessweek.com, Pandora, CollegeRecruiter.com, Yahoo.com and Experience.com.
Millennial Media - Based on research Ernst & Young conducted this year that found many students are open to career-related advertising on their mobile devices, the organization teamed with Millennial Media to deliver Ernst & Young mobile ads to students on their smartphones at select schools based on geographic data. The ads, which feature the “See More” tagline, will appear as web banners when students at the targeted schools access the internet on their mobile devices.
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 141,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential. For more information, please visit www.ey.com. Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. This news release has been issued by Ernst & Young LLP, a client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited located in the US. ###
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