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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

 Ohio Market

 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).

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