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Partnership with AIRS enhances Internet search capabilities and recruiter education

Lexington, MA, September 15, 2004 – Webhire, Inc., a leader in talent management solutions, today announced a partnership with AIRS, a diversified Human Capital Solutions company, providing executive education, tools and information for talent acquisition, advancement and career transition.

Changing markets, wavering economies and a shortage of skilled labor all indicate a rapid decline in the number of qualified candidates available to fill open positions. In order to meet the evolving needs of recruiters, Webhire is dedicated to providing human resource professionals with a solution that allows them to attract, hire and retain the right candidates at the right time. Integration with AIRS gives all Webhire users the power to go beyond resumes and mine the Web and tap in to tens of millions of passive candidates who don’t necessarily have resumes on the job boards, as well as providing continuing education in this ever-changing recruiting environment.

With this partnership, Webhire will fully integrate AIRS Oxygen, a Web-based search solution that combines the best traditional resume banks with the power of AIRS Internet search capabilities. Now, Webhire users will be able to search the top commercial job sites, sort through more than 100 million resumes and contact these candidates using a sophisticated bulk email system - all within the Webhire talent management solution.

Webhire will also promote AIRS Academy, training and professional development offerings designed to educate recruiting professionals. Webhire will offer its customers access to AIRS e-learning seminars and leadership summits, as well as discounts on industry literature and conferences.

“Partnering with Webhire exposes AIRS to a significant number of strategic HR professionals,” said Christian Forman, Chief Executive Officer at AIRS. “Webhire’s broad customer base represents the audience AIRS is designed for – HR professionals seeking cutting-edge technology solutions and professional development –and we look forward to working together to bring value to this community.”

“AIRS technology enables our recruiters to spend more time working with hiring managers and quality applicants instead of searching for resumes and posting to job boards only filled with active candidates,” said John Higgins, National Recruiting Manager at G&K Services, a Webhire customer. “Oxygen and Webhire allow G&K’s recruiting managers to work more efficiently.”

The partnership directly supports Webhire’s belief that initial attraction and sourcing techniques lead to meaningful candidate relationships, more effective hires, and productive employees.

“Our customers want to use technology to identify the best possible candidates,” said Susanne Bowen, President and Chief Executive Officer at Webhire. “Webhire is committed to providing mid-to-large size companies with the skills and tools necessary to attract, hire and retain the talent necessary to positively impact corporate performance.”
For more information on candidate sourcing and talent management solutions, visit http://www.webhire.com.

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
Or call: 1-877-WEBHIRE (1-877-932-4473)
Outside the U.S., call: 781-869-5000

About AIRS
AIRS is a diversified Human Capital Solutions company, providing executive education, tools and information for Talent Acquisition, Advancement and Career Transition. Our clients include more than 60 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as market-leading companies in virtually every industry today. AIRS is also the leading provider of e-recruitment training and information services worldwide. Since 1998, more than 30,000 recruitment leaders attended AIRS training in the US and abroad, and more than 75,000 staffing and HR professionals subscribe to AIRS Daily News.


Rachel Berger
Webhire, Inc.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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