Job seekers who e-mail their r\u00e9sum\u00e9s to recruiters are often frustrated by the results: Their r\u00e9sum\u00e9s end up in a black hole, and their follow-up e-mails and voice-mail messages fail to inspire a response. Now a new IT recruiting firm aims to change all that while making it easier for employers to find qualified candidates for open IT positions. Ready to Hire promises job seekers a high-touch relationship with its recruiters while it streamlines hiring processes by giving employers access to a database of prescreened candidates. \nBased outside of Philadelphia in Willow Grove, Pa., Ready to Hire places IT workers at all levels, from help desk associates on up to IT executives. \nThe company\u2019s eight recruiters vet all job seekers over the phone. They ask candidates about their education, work history, job responsibilities, skills, salary, certifications and ideal job. If a candidate is not willing to answer all of the recruiters\u2019 questions about his work history, he will not be added to Ready to Hire\u2018s database, says Bill Wiseley, a principal with the firm. \nRecruiters communicate with candidates every 45 days to make sure the candidate\u2019s profile is up to date. They also offer informal advice on r\u00e9sum\u00e9 writing or interviewing during the course of their conversations and correspondence with the candidates to which they\u2019re assigned. Ready to Hire also keeps candidates\u2019 r\u00e9sum\u00e9s and references on file. The high-touch recruiting service is provided to job seekers for free. \nEach recruiter specializes in a particular IT discipline, so the recruiters know when a candidate may be stretching the truth about, for example, salary or job responsibilities, says Wiseley. \nEmployers pay a monthly fee to access Ready to Hire\u2019s Web-based database, which currently contains profiles of 5,500 candidates. Clients can search the database using any term, including a candidate\u2019s location, a particular skill or salary range. Ready to Hire didn\u2019t disclose the subscription fee; Wiseley just said it was \u201cone to one-and-a-half times a placement fee.\u201d \nReady to Hire President Colleen Haviland says the subscription model will save employers money. \u201cPeople pay for the service, not per hire. A company can make 30 placements and only pay a monthly fee,\u201d she says. \u201cWe think this will cut a corporation\u2018s agency fees in half.\u201d Haviland adds that the average agency fee for an IT hire is $20,000. \nBecause candidates are prescreened, employers also benefit from faster searches. \u201cWe complete step one of the hiring process in advance for our clients,\u201d says Wiseley. \nReady to Hire was incorporated in February 2007, began populating its database of passive job seekers in March and started selling subscriptions to its Web-based search service to clients earlier this month. The service is available to companies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York. Ready to Hire plans to expand nationwide into other professions in the next six months. At the time this story was reported, the company had two clients and several others in the pipeline. \nRichard Schierer, an IT director who lives on Long Island and is looking for a new job, is impressed with Ready to Hire\u2019s service even though he has not landed any interviews yet. He registered with the company in July and was placed in its database within a day of speaking with a recruiter. \n\u201cI had a very long talk with Gabriella, my rep. Instead of just saying, \u2018Send me your r\u00e9sum\u00e9 and we\u2019ll get back to you,\u2019 I was on the phone with her for 30 to 45 minutes,\u201d he says. \u201cI\u2019ve gotten calls and e-mails from recruiters who make it sound like they have a job for me. When I call them back, I get their answering machines. I never get a real voice, and that\u2019s quite frustrating. Gabriella has always responded to my e-mails.\u201d \nJob seekers interested in contacting a Ready to Hire recruiter can do so on Ready to Hire\u2019s website.