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Adecco SA Rue de Langallerie 11, Case Postale 2, 1000 Lausanne 4, Switzerland
www.adecco.com +41-2-13-21-66-66    Fax: +41-2-13-21-66-28  

The Scoop  

A Temporary Giant?of sorts

Looking for a job? Let Adecco do the work. The largest staffing firm in the world, not to mention the United States, employs 16,000 permanent colleagues and 450,000 temporary workers. Its 3,000 offices throughout 50 countries place temporary, full-time, clerical, industrial, and technical workers throughout its network of 500,000 clients. Clients range from a vast assortment of industries, and Adecco even offers temporary personnel in specialized fields such as accounting, information technology (IT), and telecommunications.

A Swiss /French marriage

Adecco was formed in 1996 as the result of the merger between Swiss giant Adia and France's Ecco SA. Since then, Adecco has been growing continually through acquisitions and innovative management. First the company bought ICON Recruitment of Australia in 1996, followed by Seagate Associates and TAD Resources International in 1997. Based in Massachusetts, TAD was formerly the largest privately owned staffing services company in the US. But perhaps Adecco's biggest coup was the acquisition of rival Olsten's staffing and IT business, which powered Adecco to the number one staffing firm in the States, past former No. 1, Manpower. The company paid a $840 million purchasing price for the Olsten Corporation, a company that had been based in Melville, New York since 1950 and was ranked as the third largest temp agency in America.

Adecco recruits

Adecco uses a variety of resources to advertise its services and recruit temporary workers. Recruiting kiosks are starting to appear in high traffic areas across the US, such as malls, universities, and transit stations. The ATM-like touch-screen monitors screen applicants for jobs and notifies them within 24 hours as to what jobs are available. In early 2000, Adecco partnered with jobs.com, the fastest-growing Internet recruitment site. Adecco's US subsidiary, Adecco, Inc., will be posting thousands of job listings on the web site. In addition, Adecco will be working with the Internet company to develop content and services for those interested in temporary, contract, and permanent positions.

Getting Hired  

On Adecco's web site, either www.adecco.com or www.adeccous.com, the company offers extensive employment information. Applicants can search job openings by location and category. Under each job listing, the company provides contact information, as well as the opportunity to apply online. Visitors to the site might also want to take advantage of Adecco's Job Agent Career Center, which allows users to store up to five resumes, track online applications, apply for current job openings, or create search agents that contacts users via email to notify them when job listings match users' criteria. Or use the site to find the Adecco office nearest you and make contact personally.

Products and Services  

Temporary and permanent career placement;Career consulting;Outplacement services

Key Competitors  

Randstad Holding

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