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Recruiting Moves to the Malls
With employers fairly desperate to find help in the face of the robust economy and tight labor pool, the personnel agencies are expanding, merging, and moving into town.
"With the unemployment rate at under five percent -- and half of these people are not employable, for whatever reason -- it is a very tight market to pull from to get people," says Kate DeVoto, an account executive at Adecco in Forrestal Village.
One of Adecco's responses is to use technology: it is installing recruiting kiosks in major malls. Shoppers who encounter a kiosk can enter their employment history and their preferences, and they will be contacted by a recruiter and brought in for an interview.
Herewith a round-up of recent moves by the human resource professionals:
A three-person office at Forrestal Village is the result of a merger that produced the second largest employment agency in the United States (the largest globally).
Two years ago ADIA was an employment firm with an office at Forrestal Village on Stanhope Street. It merged with Ecco to form Adecco and reopened here, says Wendy Sporman. She works in this office with Jennifer Radigan and Kate DeVoto. In the meantime, the company also acquired TAD Staffing.
This office provides administrative personnel, office managers, accountants, and general clerical workers, and it has just added light industrial jobs to the roster. Adecco has some 3,000 offices in 45 countries.
This merger of two personnel firms has created two divisions of a larger Philadelphia-based firm. "We merged our companies -- ACSYS Resources and Rylan Forbes Consulting Group -- and created ACSYS Inc. which went public on February 6, trading as ACYS," says Joe Stauffer, vice president of the combined firms and a founder of Rylan Forbes.
ACSYS Resources had been based in Philadelphia with satellites in Princeton and Edison that offered temporary positions in accounting, finance, and information technology. Rylan Forbes, based in Edison, had an office in Princeton for both temporary and permanent positions in accounting and finance.
Because Rylan Forbes had a larger presence in the New Jersey market, the accounting and finance operations of ACSYS Resources were folded into the Rylan Forbes office on Campus Drive. Rylan Forbes is now a division of ACSYS Inc. and has 27 employees in four offices, including eight workers at what is now the headquarters office at Campus Drive.
ACSYS Resources maintains a four-person office at 5 Independence Way, where it focuses on information technology positions.
A unit of Kelly Services opened in February to specialize in scientific contract and permanent placement -- chemists, biologists, microbiologists, animal technicians, laboratory technicians, and clinical/regulatory workers. The son of a Red Bank veterinarian, Wingerter has a degree from Denver-based Regis University, Class of 1978, and did large animal work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Belize, but then went into sales positions for medical and equipment supplies, then for a medical advertising firm, Strategic Medical Communications in Cranford.
"We secured contracts with most of the major pharmaceutical companies so we are their first call to provide scientific help," says Wingerter. His firm interviews each candidate in person so as not to send out someone inappropriate. "A young girl with two-inch nails will pose a safety hazard in a chemistry lab. We try to guide them through the interview process."
"We are a 50-year recognized name, and all persons associated with Kelly Scientific must have a scientific background so we can talk to the end users. Unlike other agencies we provide 401k, medical benefits, and vacation pay."
Kelly Scientific is putting together a interactive software package for training employees for the clinical research organizations (CROs) and will market this to both the CROs and the workers. "It will help pharmacists and nurses change careers," says Wingerter, "by telling just what a clinical research associate does."
Kelly Scientific also has offices in Paramus and Piscataway. Kelly Technical in New Brunswick (932-296-9464) focuses on information technology positions.
This agency's service is free to the job hunter, and it is looking for those with bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and PhD candidates in the field of quality assurance, quality control, and analytical chemistry.
A history and economics major at the University of Arizona, Class of 1980, Grober had a career in sales, marketing, and communications. He was sales manager and vice president of a temporary agency for four years and opened an independent agency in February to do permanent placements for office support and technical personnel, especially in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, on a fee basis. Says Grober: "I wanted to grow a business without any financial boundaries."
Debbie Mallard and Stephanie Hamilton opened a new employment agency that provides temporary and permanent employees. On the temporary side it specializes in administrative and clerical; in permanent its specialty is in customer service, middle management, and administrative, says Mallard.
Between them, Mallard and Hamilton, director of operations, have five years of industry experience. Both came from a temporary agency in southern New Jersey, which they wish not to identify.
The employment agency moved to larger quarters from 1432 Brunswick Avenue, Trenton. American offers direct hire, temp-to-hire, temporary, full-time, and part-time positions and has four divisions, office resources, call center resources, labor resources, and tech staffing resources. It has five locations in Pennsylvania and a center city Philadelphia location that services accounting, information technology, consulting, and search. It held a grand opening in Princeton last month.
The personnel agency for graphic design and desktop publishing had an office at 50 Princeton-Hightstown Road but, after a brief association with another agency, has moved to Lexington Square Commons. Ginny Savage started the agency in 1993 to provide graphic design and DTP workers, and she has added Internet experts to her roster.
Savage, 34, is a Rider graduate and had her third child last July, but kept her business going from the home. Her clients include major advertising agencies and newspapers. "I have a large pool of very qualified freelancers," says Savage, "who work for an agency because they know they will get paid every week."
The nonprofit job information center moved from 1000 Herrontown Road to 842 State Road, Suite A-3, last month. Phone and fax will be the same. Volunteer-run, it offers job search, counseling and professional job listings.
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