Seaton Tapped by President Obama to Advise on Best Practices for Recruiting & Hiring Long-Term Unemployed

CHICAGO – February 4, 2014 – Seaton CEO, Patrick Beharelle, attended a White House summit along with 20 other CEO’s of top US Companies who came together to meet with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to discuss new ways to provide paths toward employment for qualified, long-term unemployed job-seekers. The advisory group, which included CEO’s from leading U.S. firms such as Walgreens and Bank of America along with Mr. Beharelle, brought forward new ideas and training models to help long-term unemployed job-seekers re-enter the workforce.

The White House summit is one way leaders are answering a call from the President, who, in his State of the Union address last week, announced that he is asking every business leader in America to help the long-term unemployed get back into the job market.  The group developed a set of best practices in the form of a formal pledge, heretofore signed by more than 300 companies, to remove barriers to employment for qualified job-seekers who have faced long-term unemployment.

Seaton CEO Patrick Beharelle commented, “I am pleased to lend Seaton’s recruitment experience and expertise to lead the way in developing new best practices that benefit people who have been, so far, facing challenging hurdles in the job market. At Seaton, our mission continues to be one of finding new ways to connect qualified candidates with employers who have unmet hiring needs. Signing this pledge is just the next step on an ongoing path to meet our commitment.”

Friday’s White House summit also highlighted promising models to connect long-term unemployed job seekers to work, including Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (SCF). Patrick Beharelle is on the SCF board and has been a driving force in developing new, demand-driven practices for recruiting and hiring long-term unemployed in Chicago. Last month, Seaton hosted Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez for an overview of the program where the discussion was taken to the national level.

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About Seaton:

Headquartered in Chicago, Seaton is a $600+ million outsourcing and recruiting company that operates under the Staff Management | SMX, StudentScout, PeopleScout and HRX brands. Founded in 1988, the firm has more than 44,000 employees and operates in more than 70 countries.  Seaton’s Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) division, PeopleScout, places more than 250,000 new hires for its clients every year.