June 14, 2000
Stamford, 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.
"Without this 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.
"The response 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.
Designed specifically 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.
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.