Landing Your “Free Agent” Job Seekers

As the NFL free agency period begins, teams must be prepared to act fast if they want to land the players they desire. It’s not all that different than the way that the recruiting industry works, as a player’s experience, skillset, and desired compensation play a vital role in determining their next job – just as it would for a job seeker. In both scenarios, time is of the essence, so recruiters need to know which candidates to contact ahead of time, and must be able to do so in a timely manner to successfully make a placement and get paid.

Speed is everything.

NFL players may not be in a rush to find a new team right away with the start of the season still months away. The teams, however, are very concerned with time. If a team is keen on recruiting free agent players, they need to act fast and have an offer ready as soon as possible. This holds true in recruiting as well, as 57% of candidates who are successfully placed are submitted by recruiters within 24 hours of being entered into their applicant tracking system, according to Bullhorn’s whitepaper, The Ultimate Revenue Roadmap. Consequently, having a fast, powerful applicant tracking system will enable you to respond to a job order as quickly as possible. Bullhorn’s applicant tracking system and CRM allows you to search 100 million candidates in under a half second, helping you get your “free agent” in front of a client even faster.

Do your homework.

In order to be in a position to act fast, you must first do your homework. In the NFL, this can mean watching a player’s film, studying their medical history, or speaking to former coaches. In the recruiting world it could mean reviewing a candidate’s qualifications or contacting former employers.

Unfortunately for recruiters, the length of someone’s contract or temporary assignment isn’t readily available to the public like NFL contracts are. Recruiters can, however, utilize social recruiting tools such as Bullhorn Reach that help determine when candidates are looking for new opportunities, even before they announce it. This puts recruiters in a position to immediately identify a candidate regarding an open position, and ultimately gives them a greater chance at successfully placing that candidate.

Land your “free agents.”

Giving yourself the best possible chance to make a placement, and therefore get paid, starts with using the best technology available. Bullhorn’s CRM is the industry’s most powerful software, and will give your firm a competitive advantage in recruiting free agent job seekers. To learn more about how Bullhorn can speed up your recruiting process and increase placements, fill out this form and one of our experts will reach out to you.


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