XFL, Teamwork On-Line recruiting generates blockbuster results
CT, - An
unprecedented online recruiting initiative launched by the XFL
and TeamWork Consulting has resulted in a huge response from computer-savvy
executives and football players who want to work for the provocatively-positioned
new football league.
The system, developed
by TeamWork founder and CEO Buffy Filippell, generated over 1,200
job applications in the first two days for a league which must
field eight teams and staff eight front offices in time to play
professional football in just eight months. Visitors to the XFL
web site - XFL.com - encounter a prominent link at the top of
the home page and applicants are prompted from there. The XFL
is the first sports league to use the system.
tool this would be an insurmountable task," said Billy Hicks,
Vice President of Administration for the XFL, who is in charge
of putting over 100 people in place over the next two months.
"We'd have literally stacks of resumes without any way to
screen and sort them. The system's cross referencing capability
will enable our new General Managers to sort the resumes by skills,
years of experience, salary requirements and a host of other categories."
Hicks added, "Prospective employees have more access to us.
We like that. And we like the fact that the "cutting edge"
approach of the XFL includes our behind the scenes operations
as well as our public image."
In addition to the
response from administrative personnel, over 2,100 players filled
out application questionnaires in the first week, bringing to
over 5,000 the number of player inquiries received by the league.
It is in the league and front office areas, though, where the
XFL will make best use of the system.
has been astonishing," said Filippell, whose company is the
sports industry's leading search firm. "Because of this system,
people interested in a position with the XFL now have a direct
link to present their credentials to the appropriate XFL hiring
manager online and can be assured it is received. It would take
some 800 recruiter manhours to generate and respond to this kind
of volume using traditional methods."
The league is scheduled
to begin play in eight cities throughout the United States on
February 3, 2001, the weekend following the Super Bowl. Through
subtle rules changes designed to enhance the action and speed
of the game, along with technical innovations that will bring
fans inside the huddle and onto the sidelines, the XFL will accentuate
the action that football fans crave.
to meet the recruitment and hiring needs of the sports industry,
TeamWork Online provides tools to its clients through this system
that have been unavailable to date. In addition to accepting applications
and resumes online, the product manages communication to applicants
through the use of automated email technologies when positions
are available. The system also provides an interview data management
system for the employer as well as the ability to identify minority
candidates to enhance the diversity of the staff.
Founded in 1987,
TeamWork Consulting, Inc and its internet arm, TeamWork Online,
LLC is the nation's leading executive search firm to sports leagues,
governing bodies and teams. The firm has conducted over 200 searches
for over 100 organizations including teams in the NFL, NHL, NBA,
MLS, as well as NASCAR, PGA TOUR, CART, Indianapolis Motor Speedway,
International Speedway Corporation, Olympic Governing Bodies,
and corporate sponsors and sports marketing/promotion agencies.