Application & Selection Process

Country 'CEOs for One Month'!

10 Finalists

Global 'CEO for One Month'!

Application & Selection Process

Country 'CEOs for One Month'!

10 Finalists

Global 'CEO for One Month'!


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We want to help you find your way to work – to give you tips for your job hunt and get you some work experience that will kick start your career. Why? Firstly, because we want to make sure that you hold onto your hopes and dreams for the future. Then, quite simply, because we know all about the world of work and we want to share this know-how with you.

So, let us show you the way to work! Join us at one or all of the events we are organising just for you. We’re happy to have you on board!

‘CEO for One Month’ is a programme of the Adecco Group Foundation, which leverages the skills and know-how of the Adecco Group, the world’s leading provider of HR solutions. Creating social value is in the DNA of the Group, and the Foundation is the vehicle for creating social value in the field of employment and skills.

‘CEO for One Month’ is an initiative that offers young people the possibility to develop and showcase their leadership potential, to learn what it takes to succeed as a business leader and to acquire the skills and the experience needed to get a foot on the career ladder.

At national level, the Programme selects one successful candidate from the applicant pool to shadow the Adecco Group’s country-level CEO for one full month, working side- by-side to experience the life of a senior business leader. In the last six years, more than 250 candidates have had this amazing opportunity. Then, ten outstanding national participants are selected for a Global Bootcamp and one will be chosen to work alongside and shadow the global CEO of the Adecco Group for one month.

Since 2015, the ‘CEO for One Month’ has grown from 32,000 to 206,000 applicants in 2020.

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The Global ‘Experience Work Day’ follows the success of the Adecco Group Street Day, a great initiative that supports people in gaining a better start in the world of work.

This idea was introduced in 2013 to tackle youth unemployment and skills shortages, develop young people’s employability and help them enter the world of work.

On Experience Work Day the Adecco Group and all its brands open their doors to thousands of young people to spend a day in the shoes of an employee, take part in different activities and workshops and provide real work experience that kick starts their career.

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You can always get better at what you do. Even the best professionals in the world learn something new all the time. Here you will find advice to help students increase their employability.

This initiative follows the aim of providing value to your students, empowering young people with the skills and experience necessary to join the world of work.

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ABOUT ‘CEO for One Month’

The Adecco Group is offering you the unique opportunity to become the global ‘CEO for One Month’, under the direct supervision of the CEO of the Adecco Group, Alain Dehaze.

The selected global ‘CEO for One Month’ will get a taste of how to run a multinational company with 34,000 employees in 60 countries. The highly qualifying experience could be a huge boost to any career!

‘CEO for One Month’ will run in more than 40 countries, where the first step will be for candidates to apply to become ‘CEO for One Month’ in their country of residence, before making it to a shortlist of 10 top performers. Of the final 10 candidates, 1 will be chosen to become global ‘CEO for One Month’

It’s very simple. You can apply to become ‘CEO for One Month’ by completing the application form!

It takes a really special individual to become a ‘CEO for One Month’ of the Adecco Group, a Fortune 500 company with 36,000 amazing colleagues in 60 countries. For this once in a life time opportunity we are looking for talented and ambitious individuals in the early stage of their careers who prove they have the CEO Attitude!

If you are a fast and eager learner, not intimidated by complex problems. If you are a strong communicator, resilient and driven even when things get tough. If you are a team player and have a passion for people. But above all, if you seize opportunities when you see them, go for this one now! Apply and you could have this once in a lifetime work experience.

Once you complete the application form, a selection process will take place within each country according to local market conditions. This may include interviews, local bootcamps and further tests and assessments to evaluate candidates. This is a recruitment process after all! From this selection process, one ‘CEO for One Month’ for each of the participating countries will be announced. The announcement of all selected CEO’s take place by August 24, 2020.

During the months of June and July, the lucky Adecco Country ‘CEO for One Month’ will be working alongside the CEO or other top positions in Sales, HR, MK etc. of the Adecco Group or other subsidiaries companies within the country where they applied. During this month, the ‘CEOs for One Month’ will continue to be assessed in preparation for the next stage! Oh, we should also mention that you’ll not only be gaining valuable experience but you’ll receive a salary during this month!

The top 10 Country ‘CEOs for One Month’ will be invited to join an exciting Global Bootcamp in a major city. This will be all expenses paid (unless of course you decide to go shopping – this will be on you!). During the Global Bootcamp which takes place in the week of August 21, the 10 finalists will be assessed through various individual and team challenges. Of these 10 candidates, one will be selected to become the Adecco Group global ‘CEO for One Month’. This announcement will take place at the end of the Bootcamp.

The successful candidate will spend one month working under the direct supervision of the Adecco Group CEO. Be prepared to travel and find out about the inner workings of a Fortune 500 company! We want you to be the best you can be, so we’ll be paying a salary of 15,000 euros during this month of work for you to further your education and better your career prospects.

Sophia Lim, a World Bachelor in Business, became global ‘CEO for One Month’ 2019. Over her journey, she was capable of handling client visits, OPS meetings, events, conferences,  and marketing meetings, and she visited 7 countries and 3 continents.

What this programme means to her?

“First, I definitely learned a lot about the Adecco Group. I learned about just how versatile and impactful the Group is with all its numerous brands and through all the local initiatives.

Second, I got to see leadership and decision making in action, which is a very valuable experience for me because often times as fresh graduates, we get lost in the daily routine and miss out the strategy behind the work that we have to do.

Third, I got to experience different business cultures that also have different policies, meaning that there are different strategies that each of the countries need to take.

To summarize, learning about the Adecco Group, witnessing leadership and strategy from above, and being exposed to different business cultures are my three key learning from my journey as the global ‘CEO for One Month’.”


Countries Applications Close Local Selection Local Company
Australia March 19 March/April Adecco Australia Pty Ltd
Belgium March 19 March/April Adecco Personnel Services NV
Bulgaria + Greece + Romania March 19 March/April Adecco Bulgaria EOOD
Finland March 19 March/April Adecco Finland Oy
France March 19 March/April Adecco Groupe France SASU
India March 19 March/April Adecco India Private Limited
Italy March 19 March/April Adecco Italia Holding di Partecipazione e Servizi S.p.A
Malaysia March 19 March/April Adecco Personnel Sdn. Bhd.
Norway March 19 March/April Adecco Norge AS
Portugal March 19 March/April Adecco Recursos Humanos – ETT, Ida
Sweden March 19 March/April Adecco Sweden AB
Vietnam March 19 March/April CÔNG TY CO PHAN ADECCO VIET NAM
Countries Applications Close Local Selection Local Company
Argentina + Uruguay April 16 March/April ADECCO RRHH ARGENTINA S. A.
Austria April 16 March/April Adecco Personalbereitstellungs GmbH
Brazil April 16 March/April Adecco Recursos Humanos S.A
Canada April 16 March/April Adecco Employment Services Limited
Chile April 16 March/April Adecco Recursos Humanos SA
China April 16 March/April FESCO Adecco Human Resources Service Shanghai Co., Ltd.
Colombia April 16 March/April Adecco servicios S.A.
Croatia + Hungary + Serbia + Slovenia April 16 March/April Adecco Hrvatska d.o.o.
Czech Republic + Slovakia + Poland April 16 March/April Adecco SPOL. S R.O., Adecco Slovakia s. r. o.
Ecuador April 16 March/April Adeccobusiness S.A Ruc: 1791875834001
Germany April 16 March/April Adecco Germany Holding SA & Co. KG
Hong Kong April 16 March/April Adecco Personnel Limited
Japan April 16 March/April Adecco Ltd.
Mexico April 16 March/April Ecco Servicios de Personal, SA de CV
Netherlands April 16 March/April Adecco Nederland Holding BV
New Zealand April 16 March/April Adecco Personnel Ltd
Peru April 16 March/April Adecco Peru SA
Singapore April 16 March/April Adecco Personnel Pte Ltd
South Korea April 16 March/April Adecco Korea Co. Ltd.
Spain April 16 March/April Adecco Iberia, S.A.U
Switzerland April 16 March/April Adecco Ressources Humaines S.A.
Taiwan April 16 March/April Adecco Personnel Company Ltd.
Thailand April 16 March/April Adecco Consulting Limited
Turkey + UAE April 16 March/April Adecco Hizmet ve Danismanlik A.S.
UK + Ireland April 16 March/April Adecco UK Limited
USA April 16 March/April Adecco, Inc.


Applications for the 2021 edition of “CEO for One Month” will be accepted from January 11, 2021 to March 19, 2021.

Fill out a registration form here!

Registrations will close at 23:59 CET (Central European Time) on the registration deadline.

Yes. Once you have applied via the web, the first stage will be to select the Adecco Group Country ‘CEO for One Month’, following this selection, the Adecco Group CEO will be selected.

We will cover your travel, accommodation and food during this time. If you decide to go on a shopping trip, then you will have to pay for this yourself!

Due to the structure of the ‘CEO for One Month’, we are only able to organize the programme in countries where the Adecco Group or any of its commercial affiliates are present. This year, in order to provide a valuable ‘CEO for One Month’ experience, we carefully considered the broader context in each country to assure participation would be safe and enriching to everyone involved. If at any point we are not able to guarantee the necessary conditions in a particular country, the programme may need to be postponed or cancelled.

Firstly, you must ensure you are in possession of the necessary work permit to work in the country in which you wish to apply. If you apply outside your country of residence, then you will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements. You will also be responsible for any costs you might incur in traveling to and staying in the country in which you have applied.

Yes. The amount will depend on the country in which you will be working.

Yes. You will receive a salary of 15,000 euros for the month of work.