Less than one month ago, Bridge launched an initiative called Next Act to help international job seekers find their next opportunity. The interest and support has been tremendous, with over 700 job seekers signed up and hundreds of employers requesting access to the candidate list.
However, with many candidates rapidly approaching the 60-90 day unemployment window for visa holders, we knew we had to further accelerate the job search process for this community. This would require growing the pool of actively-hiring employers that have their eyes on the Next Act candidate list.
Today we're excited to announce a new partnership with Drafted, a network recruiting platform and the creators of the Layoff Network. Drafted has built a community of over 5,000 recruiters across 1,300+ employers.
With this partnership Next Act candidates will automatically receive a free Drafted account and be featured to employers on the Drafted network. Your Drafted profile will indicate that you need visa sponsorship, allowing sponsorship-friendly employers to connect with you and understand the time-sensitivity associated with your situation. Participants will have full control of their profile and can adjust visibility permissions as they see fit.
Employers on Drafted will now have a new level of visibility into a candidate's immigration needs, allowing them to identify and engage with this highly talented but often overlooked candidate pool.
Our partnership with Drafted is a big step towards helping the international community land their next act. We're looking forward to sharing many success stories in the near future.