MSN and Enter Five-Year Deal

REDMOND, Wash., and CHICAGO Aug. 5, 2003 MSN® , the world’s leading online destination, and, the smarter recruitment resource for finding better candidates and jobs, today announced a five-year strategic business relationship. The alliance will connect millions of job seekers with more than 400,000 continuously updated job postings from 25,000 of the nation’s top employers.

The agreement, scheduled to start in January 2004 and valued at up to $150 million over a five-year term, will make the exclusive content provider to the MSN Careers channel in the United States. Designed with a performance-based structure, the agreement will bring more high-quality job seekers to prospective employers by combining the vast consumer reach of MSN with’s wide network of national, local, industry and niche audiences.

“MSN leads the industry by offering top services and content to consumers in popular areas such as news and sports through our strong relationships with industry leaders,”
said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of the MSN Personal Services and Business division.
“We’re pleased to be’s most significant business partner and look forward to delivering a wonderful service to our consumers that is mutually beneficial to both companies.”

“MSN has a huge audience and a proven ability to generate performance and revenue for its business partners,”
said Bob Montgomery, chief executive officer of
“Looking ahead, we see our relationship with MSN as the best opportunity to significantly increase our traffic and our overall business through its distribution and online services. We’re thrilled to deliver our leading recruitment and job searching services to the millions of consumers who visit MSN every day.”

“This is a critical alliance for our company,”
said Matt Ferguson, chief operating officer of
“We are not only building a marketing relationship, we are integrating Microsoft® technology across all platforms, including Microsoft .NET initiatives. Working together, we will bring more results-driven resources to the employment market.”

Visitors to the MSN Careers channel will be able to take advantage of’s industry-leading tools and services to effectively manage their careers and successfully market themselves to thousands of employers nationwide. By indicating their work preferences, education and experience, job seekers can take advantage of
online products that help them target their job searches for salaried and hourly positions. Job seekers also will be able to search by job type and industry location, access resources for interviewing and salary negotiations, and receive online career assessments. Other services include a Personal Search Agent that locates job opportunities in areas of interest and automatically notifies job seekers via e-mail.

“’s leading resources and targeted job search offerings will enable us to provide more than 400,000 current job postings to our consumers through rich and convenient services,”
said Richard Bray, vice president of MSN North America.
“As the job market continues to evolve, our partnership with will help good candidates find good companies anywhere in the United States.”

This agreement bolsters the already extensive array of relationships MSN has forged with other providers, such as MSNBC, ESPN and Expedia Inc., to bring world-class content and services to consumers of MSN. MSNBC is the No. 1 online news site; ESPN has become the No.

1 sports Web site since partnering with MSN; and Expedia is the No. 1 online travel site. MSN recently announced that its worldwide traffic has grown to 350 million unique users each month.

The strategic relationship with MSN is the latest step in’s strategy to expand its vast distribution network. In the past year, has partnered with a wide variety of industry leaders, tripled its sales force, launched a national advertising campaign and tapped into the cross-promotional power of its partners Gannett Company Inc., Tribune Company and Knight Ridder Inc. Leveraging the power of online and print through its more than 130 newspaper partners, posted the most jobs for the top 90 U.S. markets, according to the most recent report from recruitment tracking firm Corzen Inc.

About is a leading online source for maximizing recruitment dollars and optimizing job searches with superior products, customer service and technology. With a unique combination of national, local and niche audiences, makes it easy for recruiters to reach the most qualified candidates with industry-leading market research data and support. Job seekers can search for the right job from more than 400,000 continuously updated postings, representing more than 25,000 of the top employers in virtually every industry, field and location. Together with Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI), Tribune Company (NYSE: TRB) and Knight Ridder Inc. (NYSE: KRI), includes the Web’s top newspaper sites the most trusted employment sources in recruiting. For more information about products and services, call (888) 670-TEAM or visit .

About MSN

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