lobal Employment Services Leader Adecco Introduces Innovative Job Search
Kiosks to Ohio
(Business Wire; 08/27/98)
Adecco "Job Shop" at the Northland Mall is One of Several High Tech Job Kiosks
Connecting People with Job Opportunities in the
This June, the Swiss-based global employment services leader, Adecco, announced
plans for the national roll-out of Job Shop, a first-of-of-its-kind interactive
job search kiosk to be placed in malls and universities across 33 states.
Today Job Shop will be formally welcomed to Ohio with a ribbon cutting ceremony
at the Northland Mall in Columbus.
Starting at 11:00 a.m., Adecco executives, local business and government
leaders, members of the media, and job seekers will gather at the site of Job
Shop in the Northland Mall to celebrate the introduction to Ohio of this new
job search concept.
The colorful kiosk, located in the food court, is designed to attract a steady
flow of interested people and job seekers who follow the simple interactive
touch-screen guide to submit their qualifications toward new job opportunities.
Another Job Shop Kiosk like the one at Northland is currently operating at
Columbus Community College, and additional kiosk sites are planned for Ohio
State University, Cincinnati State and the Eastland Mall in Columbus.
"This is a great opportunity for Adecco and for people and businesses in Ohio,"
said Jeffrey H. Sopp, Adecco's vice president of sales for the Great Lakes
Region. "Job Shop is a 'win win' proposition. It can bring more people in touch
with even greater choice in pursuing work and their careers, while widening the
number of qualified candidates and the scope of staffing services Adecco
provides to Ohio's fast growing businesses."
Job Shop kiosks are designed to be convenient and easy to use, simplifying the
process of linking job seekers with the staffing needs of businesses. With self-
guiding instructions, Job Shop prompts users to specify the nature of work
desired, their schedule and availability, their education, experience, salary
requirements, skills and other data -- in a process that takes only a few
All the information entered is linked immediately to Adecco's central database,
where it is processed by proprietary software programs that screen and match
the applicant's interests and skills to specific jobs from among thousands of
temporary and full-time positions. A positive match activates trained Adecco
professionals who set up an appointment with the candidate to complete the
final steps of the screening, testing and placement process.
In addition to Ohio, Adecco's national Job Shop initiative now includes select
sites in California, Washington and New Jersey, and follows the successful
operation of Job Shop at some 80 locations in Europe. As Job Shop reaches
greater US distribution, it is expected to significantly speed up and increase
efficiencies in Adecco's recruiting efforts at a time when the challenges of
matching staff to the needs of U.S. businesses grow more complex.
Said Debbie Pond-Heide, president of Adecco North America, "Last year Adecco
supplied over 65,000 US businesses with qualified personnel, placing over
75,000 people in Ohio alone. With record low unemployment, the demand for
skilled workers continues to rise.
"Job Shop, in concert with our web site recruiting programs and proprietary
screening and testing systems, is part of Adecco's strategic use of technology
and innovation that helps us serve job candidates and our corporate clients
even better. In effect, we're developing technological bridges that connect
people to jobs with amazing speed and convenience."
Adecco SA is the global leader in employment services, connecting people to
jobs and jobs to people through its network of 3,000 offices in 48 countries
around the world. A Swiss company, Adecco is managed by a multinational team
that directs the delivery of an unparalleled range of flexible staffing and
career resources to leading corporate clients and qualified associates.
Adecco provides business clients with temporary and full-time clerical,
technical and light industrial associates while Adecco's branded subsidiaries
address specialized staffing requirements: Accountants on Call for clerical
accounting assistance; Ajilon for high-end information technology consulting
and staffing solutions; TAD Telecommunications for personnel with
telecommunications expertise; and Lee Hecht Harrison for outplacement and
career management services. Clients retain these and other Adecco services
through local, national and international contracts.
The company was formed in August 1996 by the merger of Adia SA of Switzerland
and Ecco SA of France. In 1997, the company's revenues grew 34 percent to
11.432 billion Swiss francs (approximately US $8 billion).
Adecco SA is listed on The Swiss Exchange -- ADECCO I (ADE - 136973); ADECCO PS
(ADEP - 136963) -- the Bourse de Paris (RM 12819) and (NASDAQ:ADECY).