Important Change to Network Job Order Submissions

It has come to a point where I have to make a call on a very sensitive area that affects a few members in the Network.  So I will start with stating Top Echelon Network Policy to direct the issue at hand.

Top Echelon Policy #12: Candidate and Job Orders Submissions

“Preferred Members may only distribute their own candidates and their own job orders through Top Echelon Network. Submitting resumes and job orders for distribution through Top Echelon Network for a non-Network Member is prohibited.

“Job orders submitted to the Network must be for actual openings, where a client company has given assignment to the recruiter.”

In short, if it is not a job for which your client has engaged you directly for a set fee and guarantee, then it does not belong in Network. When viewed through the parameters of this policy, this means that no “middle man” type of service should be involved.

Thus, this brings me to my point. As of March 1, 2018, only job orders for which your client has engaged you directly for a set fee and guarantee will be permitted to be shared through Top Echelon Network’s Split Jobs Database. With that said, job orders that involve any type of “middle man” service will NOT be permitted to be shared.

Also for clarification, other jobs and/or candidates from outside entities (recruiters, networks, or groups) are NOT permitted, either.

There are many factors and problems that are involved with these types of jobs. However, they can be summed up be looking at two of of the Four Pillars of Top Echelon Network: Quality and Communication. Those factors and problems include the following:

  • There is no guarantee that the “middle man” service or entity accepted the job order and wrote the job description with a strong grasp on the position, the company culture, and full picture of what it takes to make this placement happen.
  • There is also no guarantee of connection or relationship with anybody working at the “middle man” service or entity. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that the “middle man” service is reliable for proper response, feedback, or follow-up. As a result, Top Echelon Network split partners who are working these job orders may not know what is going on, when it is happening, and with whom. Relationships and communication are two of the cornerstones of our recruiting network.
  • If a Top Echelon Network member submits a candidate through one of these “middle man” entities, that candidate could end up in a “black hole,” with no right of referral attached to them or accountability to the entity to fully honor that candidate submittal.
  • You joined a split network to leverage your time and resources, not to waste those precious commodities. These type of job orders add a layer of unnecessary and unwanted complexity to the Network dynamic.

We utilize Top Echelon Policy to help guide the direction and focus of this Network.  Tools and services has entered the market over the years, but that hasn’t, and shouldn’t, and will not alter the direction of Top Echelon Network.

In addition, I have asked many members their thoughts regarding this issue, and those conversations have led me to the finalization of this issue.

If you have questions regarding this announcement or this issue, please contact me. You can do so by calling 330.455.1433, x156 or by sending an email to

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