Poll: the #1 Pet Peeve of Network Recruiters is . . .

There’s no doubt that Top Echelon Network members enjoy working with other recruiters to make split placements. However, as with all interaction between humans, there are plenty of instances where the process is anything but seamless.

We recently conducted a survey of Network members to find out what drives them crazy about dealing with other recruiters.

That survey was based upon the following question:

What’s your biggest pet peeve regarding other recruiters in the Network?


The choice of answers that were provided is listed below, along with the percentage of Network recruiters that selected each one:

  • Not calling back when you leave a voicemail — 10.0%
  • Not responding to your candidate submissions — 25.0%
  • Not responding when you ask for help on a job — 9.0%
  • Insufficient information in the job description — 10.0%
  • Not letting you know where your candidate stands — 18.0%
  • Another pet peeve — 28.0%


As you can see, the answers were spread out across a wide spectrum. What’s a pet peeve for one recruiter is not a pet peeve for another . . . at least not the top one. In fact, 28% of respondents tabbed “another pet peeve” as their #1 answer.

After that, “not responding to candidate submissions” garnered 25% of the vote, with “not letting you know where your candidate stands” coming in third at 18%. Then things get really close:

  • “Not calling back when you leave a voicemail”10.0%
  • “Insufficient information in the job description”10.0%
  • “Not responding when you ask for help on a job”9.0%

What do all of these pet peeves have in common? Look below for the answer to that question.


Communication is what they all have in common! Actually, to be more specific, they have a LACK of communication in common.

The tragedy of this: Communication is one of the Four Pillars of Top Echelon Network. (The other three are Quality, Trust, and Active Participation.)

What does this mean? It means that Top Echelon Network recruiters want other members to communicate with them! This is especially the case if you’re already trading partners, but even if you aren’t, communication is vital to success in Top Echelon.

Pick up the phone and communicate with other Network recruiters. Heck, if you really don’t have time, then send an email. Do something. Just don’t do nothing. (Is that a double-negative? Don’t do a double-negative!)

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