eBay, HP, Microsoft, Sodexho, T-Mobile and Verizon to Meet Job Applicants Throughout 3-Day Event
NEW YORK - May 15, 2007 - TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications, the largest independent recruitment advertising agency, today opened the doors to the first official job fair to be held in a virtual world. Job seekers and recruiters will engage in all the activities of a real-life job fair-but in this instance, participants will communicate via personalized avatars on 'TMP Island', TMP Worldwide's space within the popular Second Life™ virtual world.
Held from May 15th-17th, the event, Network in World (NiW), promises 'In World Interviews. Real world jobs'. Job seekers will be able to apply for positions in areas such as financial services, engineering, information technology, sales and management at the six participating companies: eBay, HP, Microsoft, Sodexho, T-Mobile and Verizon. TMP will provide registered participants with training on how to interact inside Second Life™. Job seekers will be sent via "telehubs" to a company's specific location on TMP Island where they will meet recruiters for interviews within virtual client offices and experience the company's culture.
"One of TMP's goals is to help our clients understand and implement new technologies and turn them into tools of engagement," stated Michelle Abbey, president and CEO of TMP Worldwide. "Network in World is an excellent example of how we do this."
"TMP is very excited about applying virtual world technology to talent recruitment," says Louis Vong, vice president of digital strategy at TMP Worldwide. "Network in World is a program that is sure to evolve, and it is a great way for job seekers and recruiters to interact in a unique, fun, and branded online environment. It's well-suited for companies who are known for innovation."
According to Russell Miyaki, vice president of digital strategy at TMP Worldwide, corporations are constantly seeking new ways to attract quality talent.
"This event is for truly forward-thinking companies and individuals who want to take advantage of this new medium to accomplish business objectives — to show that they are really thinking outside the box," said Miyaki. "The participating companies will not only benefit today, but they will also be more prepared for future events as the associated technologies become more mainstream."
To access the event's micro site visit http://networkinworld.jobs. TMP intends to host additional NiW events in Second Life™ in the future.
About TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications
TMP Worldwide Advertising & Communications (www.tmp.com) is North America's largest independent recruitment advertising agency and the only recruitment advertising agency recognized among the top 20 U.S. Digital agencies. We are a single source for companies to communicate their employment offerings in order to recruit and retain the best talent. Through online and traditional communications, ROI campaign management services, creative and brand management, diversity enrichment, and media planning, TMP delivers Solutions with an Interactive Edge, achieving industry-specific results across virtually every sector in business and government. Headquartered in New York City with offices throughout North America and affiliates around the globe, TMP continues to set the standard for measurable and cost-effective HR communications.