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Onward Search and SEMPO Announce Partnership To Grow Pool of Search Marketing Talent

2008-08-13 09:19:00

    Onward Search and SEMPO to promote programs to expand career

opportunities in search marketing for job seekers nationwide.

    WILTON, Conn., Aug. 13 /EMWNews/ -- Onward Search Inc.

(, a nationwide provider of search marketing

professionals, has announced a joint partnership with the Search Engine

Marketing Professionals Organization (SEMPO) to promote programs to

increase the pool of search marketing talent available to the industry.

Through this partnership, Onward Search and SEMPO will work together to

develop initiatives to introduce search marketing as a career choice for

new entrants to the industry as well as develop additional training and

education opportunities for those professionals already in the workforce.

    Onward Search is the nation's leading staffing provider of search

marketing professionals and works with companies nationwide to supply the

top talent within SEO, SEM, social media, and related specialties on a

temporary, temp-to-perm, and permanent basis. Onward Search also offers its

clients information technology and creative services professionals to

supplement their internet marketing and search marketing initiatives.

    "One of the biggest challenges facing the search marketing industry is

to rapidly grow the supply of qualified search marketing professionals in

order to meet its anticipated growth over the next decade," said Ken Clark,

executive vice president and co-founder of Onward Search. "We are excited

to partner with SEMPO to promote search marketing as an outstanding career

choice for job seekers across the country."

    As part of the agreement Onward Search will provide its employees,

after one-year of full-time employment, with $1200 in tuition reimbursement

towards courses offered by the SEMPO Institute, as well as full

reimbursement for Individual SEMPO membership. Additionally, Onward Search

and SEMPO will partner to develop content modules, training programs, and

other offerings around search marketing career development for new and

experienced search marketers alike.

    "We see this partnership as an opportunity to help grow the talent pool

in the search marketing industry," said Jeffrey Pruitt, president of SEMPO.

"As the demand for search marketing professionals continues to grow, it is

important the industry develops training, education, and career development

options so we can encourage new entrants into the industry."

    Mr. Clark and Katie Donovan, business development manager for the SEMPO

Institute, will be featured on a panel focused on the career opportunities

within search marketing at the Search Engine Strategies (SES) conference in

San Jose, CA next week. The panel, "Searching For Jobs in Search: Starting

and Advancing Your Career in the Industry," will be held from 2:45pm to

3:45pm on August 21st at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Additionally, members of Onward Search and SEMPO will be exhibiting at SES

on August 19 and 20 at Booth #433 and Booth #331, respectively.

    About Onward Search:

    Onward Search is the nation's leading provider of search marketing,

creative, and information technology professionals. Onward Search

specializes in recruiting internet marketing and information technology

professionals who are required to implement and execute a company's online

media strategy. Onward Search is a full-service staffing provider and

provides temporary contract, temp-to-hire and direct-hire placements at

Fortune 1000 companies, search marketing agencies, and advertising firms

nationwide. Onward Search's co-founders have over 20 years of experience in

the staffing and internet marketing industries and the company is backed by

Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, one of the leading private equity firms in

the country. For more information, please visit

or call (800) 829-0072 x3076.

    About SEMPO Institute:

    SEMPO Institute is a non-profit, on-line career development

organization, whose purpose is to educate and train professionals in the

growing field of search engine marketing. Supported by SEMPO, SEMPO

Institute's courses are developed by experts in search marketing and then

peer-reviewed for accuracy and best practices. Since its first course in

January of 2007, SEMPO Institute has educated more than 1000 individuals in

search marketing. SEMPO Institute's courses are available to SEMPO members

and the general public. For more information, please visit or call (781) 876-6214.

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