Policy Reminder: Sharing Jobs Outside Our Parameters

I’ve addressed this topic previously, more than four years ago, and I feel like it is time to address it once again.

That’s because I’d like to highlight the issue of Network recruiters who are sharing jobs that fall outside of Network parameters.

These job orders are not compliant with the official Top Echelon Network Policies.

Top Echelon Policy #12: Candidate and Job Order Submissions

Below is Top Echelon Policy #12:

“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 an assignment to the recruiter.”

In March of 2018, we announced that only job orders for which your client has engaged you directly for a set fee and guarantee are permitted for sharing in Top Echelon Network.

Recent Issues with Policy Compliance

Recently, there have been instances in which Top Echelon Network members, not fully understanding the comprehensive nature of Policy #12, have attempted to share jobs associated with third-party vendor management systems (VMS).

I’m not going to name these VMS “middle man” entities here because you likely already know which ones I’m referring to.

To underscore the importance of adhering to Policy #12, I’m reiterating below why we maintain a strict stance against this practice.

  1. Lack of Job Order Integrity: There is no guarantee that the “middle man” service or entity has accepted the job order and written the job description with a thorough understanding of the position, the company culture, and the full scope of requirements for successful placement.
  2. Uncertain Relationships and Communication: There is no guarantee of a connection or relationship with anybody at the “middle man” service or entity. Furthermore, there is no assurance that the “middle man” service will provide proper response, feedback, or follow-up. This lack of reliable communication means that Top Echelon Network split partners may be “left in the dark” about important details and updates. Relationships and communication are two cornerstones of our recruiting network.
  3. Risk of Candidate Mismanagement: 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 from the entity to fully honor that candidate submittal.
  4. Wasted Time and Resources: You joined a split network to leverage your time and resources, not to waste those precious commodities. These types of job orders add a layer of unnecessary and unwanted complexity to the Network dynamic.

Commitment to Network Effectiveness

We have put a lot of thought into this policy decision. Our goal is to help our Network members make more split placements, and we believe that excluding third-party VMS “middle man” service providers will help us achieve that goal more effectively.

If you have questions regarding this issue, please contact me. You can do so by calling 330.595.1742 or by sending an email to drea@topechelon.com.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in adhering to the Top Echelon Network Policies.

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