When layoffs happen, it is important to dismiss employees with poise. As an IT manager, offering ex-employees the resources to find new jobs is one way to let them go gracefully.

There are two services you can recommend to future ex-employees that can help them locate new positions—developers.net and Tapestry.Net. Both online services work together to recruit and match IT professionals with jobs suitable to their skills. Divisions of Tapestry.Net include developers.net and Asia-Net.com.

This article will explain how the services help job-seeking IT professionals discover new avenues of employment.

Developers.net is a free and confidential service that matches developers, software engineers, network administrators, and other IT professionals with companies who are hiring.

“Our focus is on sourcing the applicant,” said Kevin Grossman, Tapestry.Net’s recruiting services director.

Grossman explained that developers.net users can go online and list their job skills and job location preference. (Users must be registered members, but the service is free.)

Developers.net members will receive job notices by e-mail that match their criteria. If members are interested in a particular position, they can go online to post their resumes or send it directly to the interested organization.

Once an organization is interested in an applicant, Tapestry.Net takes over. Tapestry.Net uses an artificial intelligence (AI) technology that assigns a score to a resume based on how closely it matches a particular job description.

The AI system, working behind the scenes at developers.net, streamlines the hiring process by allowing organizations to scan only the resumes that match their job descriptions of applications described by Tapestry as Interested, Qualified Applicants (IQAs). Streamlining the hiring process to weed out applicants that do not meet certain criteria saves an organization time, said Dalye Bowen, CEO of Tapestry.Net.

After scanning through selected resumes, organizations pay Tapestry.Net $1,250 for the full resume information from an IQA. Developers.net members are also notified by e-mail when hiring organizations review their resumes.

Bowen claims that organizations can often save money by using Tapestry.Net’s recruitment services and believes the $1,250 per applicant fee for using Tapestry.Net is a value.

Bowen explained that the estimated cost of recruiting an employee is about 20 percent of that employee’s first-year salary. As a manager, if you hire a software developer at $80,000 a year, recruitment costs for that year can reach $16,000.

“Our clients are hiring one of four IQAs so in some cases, (we save them) more than half the costs of recruiting one person,” said Bowen.

Benefits are two-fold
Loi Thai found his current job through developers.net. Now a senior software engineer for K-Plex, a relationship management software provider, Thai uses Tapestry.Net to find new K-Plex employees.

Along with his regular duties, Thai is also in charge of hiring engineers with Tapestry.Net’s services. “K-Plex is a small company, and they don’t have a recruiter in-house. We send in a job description to Tapestry.Net, and they broadcast that description. And then interested people submit resumes and I scan through those,” explained Thai.

Providing recruiting staff in a pinch
Tapestry.Net’s goal is to provide a recruitment service for organizations that lack a recruiting team. Since there is no immediate need to hire employees once an organization begins layoffs, the recruitment team can be one of the first departments to go, said Bowen.

Once the recruiting team goes and the dust of a layoff settles, the responsibility to hire employees often falls on the IT manager. “Now the organization has to transfer the tasks associated with recruiting and hiring to a hiring manager or other designee instead of passing multiple tasks off to team,” said Bowen.

Grossman said that Tapestry.Net is the only intelligent recruiting service that specifically targets IT professionals. Grossman listed Recruitsoft and Recruiters-Aid as possible alternatives to Tapestry.Net but said that both do not specifically target the IT software and developer industry and do not monitor which applicants meet with particular organizations.

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