Adecco Experience: Meet the Talent

FB_followwinnersIn April, Adecco launched the Adecco Experience program across 50 countries as part of the Way to Work program. Four candidates from each country were selected to work as interns with some of the most exciting companies in the world. Once the internships wrap up in August, one of the 54 participants will be chosen to intern as ‘CEO of Adecco Group’ for an entire month, and will work directly with Adecco Group CEO Patrick De Maeseneire in Zurich, Switzerland.

After a rigorous application and interview process, Adecco Staffing US selected three college students and one recent graduate to participate in internships with some premier clients, including Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., BMW of Manhattan, Inc., ANN INC. (the parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT), and one of the largest financial services organizations in the country.

Now it’s time to introduce you to the talent! Do you think they have what it takes to run a Fortune Global 500 company with 31,000 employees in 60 countries around the world?

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Workforce Watch List: The millennial generation

In a recent survey conducted by Adecco, we polled workers from the millennial generation to gain insight into their employment goals, workplace viewpoints and career motivations. Millennials are those born between 1980 and 2000 and are quite the hot topic of conversation lately.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this group of workers is currently seeing an uncomfortable 12% unemployment rate – almost 6% above the national unemployment rate of 6.3% (as of April 2014).

We learned that today’s American youth think they have a harder time than generations before them when it comes to finding a job. Seven in 10 (69%) Americans ages 18-24 believe that it is harder to find a job now compared to previous generations. Interestingly, women in this age group (18-24) are more likely to feel that it is harder to find a job now than it was for previous generations (76% women compared to 63% men).
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Empowering millennials: The age of the intern

Girl at deskBorn 1980-2000, millennials (also known as Generation Y) are by far the most technologically savvy, mobile and free-spirited generation thus far. With a college diploma in one hand and an iPhone in the other, they’re ready to dive headfirst into the workforce. However, eagerness and education aren’t enough to compete these days, and this generation faces an uncomfortable unemployment rate of 12-14.5 percent.

While graduating from college is supposed to be a huge weight off of your shoulders, many grads are faced with even more stress and financial troubles than they were in college. Not to mention the fact that most days are spent applying for jobs and hearing nothing back.

In our recent Way to Work survey, we learned that seven in ten (69 percent) Americans aged 18-24 believe it’s harder to find a job now compared to previous generations, but in reality it’s not taking them very long to land one.
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When preparing for a job search is like a video game

GraduationSome people think life is like a video game: You move through the levels while collecting your points, weapons, and whatever you’ll need for the next level. Then you repeat the process as you move through the game. Others feel like the school years are just prep time for the first level of that game, which starts when you enter the workforce after graduation.

College students preparing for their job search after graduation start feeling like the game is getting pretty intense. The months before graduation are so full of finals and wrapping up loose ends that the next level, entry into the workforce, gets put off.

But just like those games where you wander past objects and find out later that you should have picked them up, there are things you need to collect before you get out of school.

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Today is Adecco Way to Work Street Day! Visit your local branch!

ADO_403x403_w2w_2We here at Adecco are very excited that today, April 30th, is Adecco Way to Work ™ Street Day! In 50 countries around the world, and in over 352 Adecco branches nationwide, we will be hosting open houses from 10AM to 3PM, offering training on writing better cover letters, improving interview skills and optimizing your LinkedIn profile. Most importantly, this event is free and open to the general public!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for hands-on career help! Click here to find the branch nearest you. We encourage you to visit!

Additionally, we will be holding our official “Careerathon” at Palomar College in San Diego, California. Career professionals will be on hand to offer free, one-on-one job hunting and career advice to the students and general public of the city of San Diego. We’re very excited that Joyce Russell, Executive Vice President & President of Adecco Staffing, and members of the Adecco leadership team will be on hand to personally meet with participants. Oh, and we’ve also heard rumors of there being free waffles served! But you’ll have to come to Palomar College to find out.

We’ll be covering the event throughout the day on our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Vine using the hashtag #WaytoWork. Make sure to follow and share our updates!

Announcing the Adecco Experience

In order the help you kick-start your career, we’re also announcing our Adecco Experience Program. At Adecco, we  believe that the right to work is universal and that young people must be better equipped with the right hard and soft skills that today’s businesses and hiring managers are demanding. And an internship is a great way to gain those skills.

So beginning today, April 30th  — as part of Way to Work – we are launching a contest called “Adecco Experience” across all 50 countries. This contest — geared toward high school/college students and graduates — will reward four applicants from each country with truly dynamic internship opportunities. The winners of this contest will be given top-notch internships, working for a month with Adecco’s clients and partners. Each winner will have a job in their respective country and no traveling will be required. On top of that, Adecco will provide the winners with competitive internship pay. It will be enriching and valuable for future career development, and a great way to experience the first taste of the exciting world of work.

But that’s not all! One lucky winner will be selected for the CEO for one month internship, and will work in direct contact and under direct supervision of Adecco Group CEO Patrick De Maeseneire.

But this isn’t just a simple “check this box to enter” contest…

On the Way to Work “Adecco Experience” website we will be asking applicants to complete an online profile and prepare a short video of themselves. The deadline to apply is May 31st. All applications will be thoroughly reviewed, and the U.S. winners will be revealed to the public on June 20th.

So make sure to head over to the Way to Work “Adecco Experience” website to get the full details, contest rules and to begin your application!


Announcing Way to Work™ Street Day, Wednesday, April 30th

ADO_403x403_w2w_2We are very proud to announce that on Wednesday, April 30th, Adecco will be opening our doors and our hearts to help youth employment with our annual Way to Work™ Street Day event. This global initiative is an opportunity for us to provide career advice and training to recent graduates and those looking for a job.

Adecco believes that the right to work is universal and that young people seeking their first job experience deserve special care and attention. They must be better equipped with the right hard and soft skills that today’s businesses and hiring managers are demanding – and we want to help!
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