ATLANTA, Ga. – Randstad, the second largest HR services and staffing company in the world, was awarded two Stevie Awards at the 2013 American Business Awards. Jim Link, Managing Director of Human Resources at Randstad US, was honored with a Gold Stevie Award as HR Executive of the Year. Randstad also received a Silver Stevie Award for its “Inspiring Experts” campaign in the Brand Experience of the Year marketing category.

As HR Executive of the Year, Jim Link oversees Randstad’s human capital strategy, as well as managing the company’s Center of Learning Excellence, organizational design and strategy, talent acquisition, national operations and employee relations. Over the past year, Jim has enhanced recruiter efficiency, tripled the number of leadership programs and significantly grown employee participation in professional development programs.

“We are honored to be recognized for both our top talent and innovative programs,” said Linda Galipeau, CEO, North America, at Randstad. “Both awards exemplify the energy, dedication and commitment within Randstad to bring solutions that address the challenges facing today’s workforce. We want to raise awareness of the labor shortages facing key industries, the steps companies can take to better engage employees and help employees navigate a changing regulatory environment.  Leaders like Jim Link and programs such as Inspiring Experts do just that.”

Randstad’s “Inspiring Experts” campaign educates students and young professionals about industries that are experiencing talent shortages as a creative measure to help close the unemployment gap in America. Launched as a contest in 2012, “Inspiring Experts” called on participants to submit videos about their plans to change the world through their careers for a chance to win a number of different scholarships, cash and other prizes. Candidates were encouraged to ask for votes through both grassroots and social media campaigning. “Inspiring Experts” also engaged young professionals through a blog to connect students and professionals all year long. The 2012 contest resulted in 330 video submissions and 34,000 votes on

More than 3,200 nominations for the 2013 American Business Awards were submitted for consideration from organizations of all sizes, and in virtually every industry; finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals nationwide during preliminary judging in April and May.
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About Randstad US

Randstad US is a wholly owned subsidiary of Randstad Holding nv, a $22.0 billion global provider of HR services. As the third largest staffing organization in the US, Randstad holds top positions in permanent placement, office and administrative, IT and accounting and finance. From professional services, commercial staffing, recruitment process outsourcing, to managed services and more, Randstad delivers a comprehensive range of temporary, temporary-to-hire, permanent placement and outsourced placement services. With its 5,660 employment experts, Randstad puts an average of nearly 100,000 people to work in the U.S. each week, through its network of more than 900 branches and client-dedicated locations.

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