Thursday February 25, 8:30 am Eastern Time
Company Press Release
Malcolm X College Partners With Global Employment Services Leader Adecco to Bring Innovative Job Search Kiosks to Chicago Area Campus
Adecco's 'Job Shop' Kiosks To Connect Malcolm X College Students With Job Opportunities in the Chicago Market
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 25, 1999--
Last June, the Swiss-based global leader in employment services,
Adecco (Nasdaq:ADECY - news), announced plans for their U.S. roll-out of Job
Shop, a first-of-its-kind interactive job search kiosk located in
malls and colleges across 33 states.
Today, Job Shop will be formally welcomed to Illinois with a
ribbon cutting ceremony at Malcolm X College in Chicago.
Starting at 11 a.m., Adecco executives, local business and
government leaders, college representatives, members of the media and
job seekers alike will gather at the site of the Malcolm X College Job
Shop to celebrate the introduction of this new high-tech job search
concept to Chicago.
The colorful kiosk, located just outside the second floor Career
Placement and Development Center (Malcolm X College - 1900 W. Van
Buren Street), is designed to attract a steady flow of interested
students and job seekers who follow the simple interactive
touch-screen guide to submit their qualifications toward new job
The launch of the Malcolm X College Job Shop marks another step
in Adecco's continuing five-year commitment and partnership to the
local college. By empowering youth through education and enhancing
access to opportunities, Adecco is confident this partnership will be
mutually beneficial by providing the staffing giant with fertile
ground to identify, recruit and develop some of Chicago's best and
``For Adecco, the advantage of a work force that can draw on
diverse skills and backgrounds is clear. Job shop helps us obtain this
goal by breaking down barriers to diversity and creating career
opportunities,'' said Robby Gregg, Adecco's national director of
``Job Shop at Malcolm X College is particularly gratifying because
it demonstrates why Job Shop is such a 'win win' proposition. The
high-tech kiosks bring greater career choice to Malcolm X students,
while, at the same time, increasing the number of qualified candidates
and the scope of staffing services Adecco provides to Chicago's fast
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 minutes.
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
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.
The U.S. roll-out of the kiosks followed the successful operation
of Job Shop at some 80 locations in Europe.
Aside from Illinois, Adecco's national Job Shop initiative now
includes select sites in 20 additional states: California; Washington;
Ohio; North Carolina; Kansas; Minnesota; Missouri; Texas; Kentucky;
Ohio; Connecticut; New York; Oregon; Alabama; Florida; Georgia; South
Carolina; Virginia; Arizona and New Jersey.
As Job Shop reaches greater U.S. 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.
``Last year Adecco supplied over 65,000 U.S. businesses with
qualified personnel, placing over 10,000 people in the Chicago
metropolitan area alone,'' said Barbara Wiles, Adecco's regional vice
``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
an average of 400,000 associates with business clients each day
through its network of over 16,000 employees and 3,000 offices in 50
countries around the world.
Registered in Switzerland, and managed by a multinational team
with expertise in markets spanning the globe, Adecco delivers an
unparalleled range of flexible staffing and career resources to
corporate clients and qualified associates.
Adecco provides clients with staffing services and solutions
covering all major industries as well as specific professions. The
worldwide Adecco Brand network focuses on global industries in
transition, including automotive, banking, electronics, logistics, and
Adecco is also positioned as a worldwide leader in each of the
major professional staffing segments with several world-class business
lines: Accountants on Call and Jonathan Wren for Finance, Banking and
Accounting; Ajilon for high-end Information Technology, TAD and Roevin
for Engineering and Technical.
In 1998, Adecco further strengthened its level of services by
acquiring information technology consultancy Melbourne-based F&S
Management Services. These Adecco businesses provide their clients
with a broad range of staffing solutions, from temporary work to
permanent placement, to consulting and managed services.
Adecco also presents a very strong range of HR solutions with Lee
Hecht Harrison, offering outplacement and career management services.
The company was formed in August, 1996 by the merger of Adia SA
of Switzerland and Ecco SA of France. In 1998, the company's revenues
grew 34 percent to 15.3 billion Swiss francs (approximately U.S. $10.8
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).
Bonnie Olmsted, 650/610-1176
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