WEBHIRE CONVENES STRATEGIC CUSTOMER ADVISORY COUNCIL. 21 companies representing 12 industries gather to assess trends in talent management

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Webhire, Inc., a leader in talent management solutions, gathered more than 30 Webhire customers, industry leaders, and members of the Webhire management team last week to discuss strategic issues facing todayÂ?s human resource professionals.

Lexington, MA, June 21, 2004 - Webhire, Inc., a leader in talent management solutions, gathered more than 30 Webhire customers, industry leaders, and members of the Webhire management team last week to discuss strategic issues facing today's human resource professionals.

Customers representing industries such as healthcare, financial services, pharmaceuticals and entertainment participated in two days of educational and interactive sessions. Topics for the advisory council included the role of strategic HR in the enterprise and an assessment of how Webhire talent management solutions address the entire employment lifecycle.

Allan Schweyer, Executive Director of the Human Capital Institute, a think-tank and educator for human capital management and executive issues, was the first day's keynote speaker. Schweyer stressed that the challenges HR professionals face are not driven by a shortage of people, but by a shortage of the necessary skills.

"Selection, retention and leadership of talent is mission-critical," said Schweyer. "To differentiate administrative HR from strategic human capital management, human resource professionals must focus on building and developing the best teams. This is one of the topics we'll cover in the HCI Future Labor Trends Learning Track and Thought Leadership Forum sponsored by Webhire."

Webhire customers echoed Schweyer's assessment. Charlie Hall, Director of Global Staffing at Mastercard said, "Finding and retaining the best candidates is always a challenge. I certainly left the advisory council meeting with some good ideas and a view in to the future of candidate sourcing and selection."

Dr. Katherine Jones of Aberdeen Group, the trusted advisor and business value research destination of choice for the Global 5000 executive, delivered the second day's keynote. Dr. Jones discussed the management challenges of hiring and retaining the hourly workforce.

"Hourly workers represent nearly 60% of the workforce," Dr. Jones stated. "In order to create a 'for keeps' hiring environment, managers need to hire smarter, train for retention, and evaluate for improvement."

"The hourly employee represents a significant portion of our workforce," said Valencia Amenson, a Webhire customer and Manager of Recruitment at MD Anderson Cancer Center. "The Webhire system enables us to track performance of all of our employees – including hourly – all in one comprehensive system."

"Bringing our top customers and industry leaders together to share their experiences and vision of the future of talent management is a major component of Webhire's commitment to industry thought leadership," said Susanne Bowen, President and CEO of Webhire. "Our goal is to continue to add value throughout the employment lifecycle, and we shared our vision for how we intend to do that. I have no doubt that the customers' input will add to our innovation of new solutions."

For more information on Webhire, visit http://www.webhire.com or call 1-877-WEBHIRE.

About Webhire

Webhire, named the #1 choice in overall vendor performance by ERE Applicant Tracking Systems 2003: Industry Analysis and Buyer's Guide, delivers web-based business-to-business solutions that help employers manage the entire hiring process.

Since 1982, Webhire has helped companies attract and hire the best talent by providing automated recruiting solutions that increase productivity and reduce hiring costs. Today, hundreds of companies rely on Webhire for reliable, easy-to-use, browser access to powerful recruiting and hiring solutions. With offerings specific to the needs of large enterprises, divisional and/or mid-sized companies, and the healthcare industry, Webhire customers include fast growing firms such as The Sharper Image, large corporations such as Heinz North America, and healthcare facilities such as Lee Memorial Health System.

Webhire is headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts (USA). For more information, visit: http://www.webhire.com, call: 1-877-WEBHIRE (1-877-932-4473); outside the U.S., call: 781-869-5000

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Rachel Berger

Webhire, Inc.

781.869.5052

rberger@webhire.com

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