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As part of our ongoing commitment to providing you with exceptional value and tailored solutions, we are excited to unveil an update to our service level offerings. We are introducing an additional level of service, the Professional Tier. You now have two service levels from which to choose:

1. Existing Tier (Legacy) – This level offers the same reliable and efficient product you’ve come to trust. Your current features, benefits, and price will remain unchanged, ensuring you can continue to work seamlessly.

2. Professional Tier ($89/month at the annual rate) – We’ve created this option for those who are ready to take their Top Echelon experience to the next level. By upgrading, you’ll unlock a range of advanced features that can truly transform the way you work:

  • Pipeline Automations: Effortlessly streamline and automate time-consuming tasks, freeing up valuable time for strategic initiatives.
  • Custom Questionnaires: Simplify candidate qualification with personalized questionnaires, making your decision-making process more informed and efficient.
  • 10,000 Emails Per Month: Double your email capacity from 5,000 to 10,000 emails, ensuring you never miss an opportunity to connect.
  • Additional Reporting Tools: Gain deeper insights into your operations with a user hierarchy system, enabling you to make better data-driven decisions.
  • Even More Coming: Open API access, disqualification reasons, multiple pipeline workflows, knockout questions for questionnaires, more free job posting venues, and EEO reporting!

Exclusive Offer for You: We greatly value your loyalty, and we’re excited to extend an exclusive offer to our current customers. Beginning September 1, you will have the opportunity to experience the Professional Tier at no additional cost for 90 days. This will give you ample time to explore its benefits and see how it aligns with your needs. We want to ensure that you have the freedom to make the decision that best suits your evolving requirements. If you do not wish to upgrade after 90 days, your subscription will remain the same.

How to Get Started: On September 1, we will automatically turn on the additional features for you. You can also reach out to our dedicated customer support team if you have any questions or need assistance.

Click HERE for more information about this exciting development, including FAQs.

We are confident that this new level of service will enhance your experience and contribute to your continued success. Thank you for your commitment and loyalty as a Top Echelon customer!

At Top Echelon, we’ve found that the best way to communicate the trading partner benefits associated with Network Membership is to use real, live case studies.

Recruiters love placements, and they love stories about recruiters making placements. (The only thing they would love more is a story about them making placements.)

With that being said, there is no case study in this blog post. Psych! Instead, what we’re going to do is draw upon past case studies to compile a list of the trading partner benefits that are available to Top Echelon Network recruiters.

Okay, no more fooling. Below is our list of four trading partner benefits in Top Echelon’s recruiting network:

#1—Quality candidates

This is what it’s all about, isn’t it? These days, highly qualified, quality candidates are in short supply.

That’s why companies are enlisting your services in the first place, but even you are having trouble finding these candidates. However, when you leverage the resources of your trading partners, you have access to quality candidates you could not access before.

Which reminds me: if you’re not using the Network Candidates sourcing tool, start doing so . . . NOW, I say!

#2—Smoother hiring and placement process

One of the best reasons to enlist the help of a trading partner is because you can’t seem to fill the position yourself, for whatever reason: a picky hiring manager, a bloated and convoluted hiring process, El Nino, you name it.

Your trading partners can help “smooth out the rough edges.”

#3—Enhanced onboarding

The placement is not done once the candidate accepts the offer of employment or even once they start work. They have to stay at work (usually until after the guarantee period has elapsed).

Once again, two heads are better than one, as your trading partners can assist in the onboarding process and offer advice and expertise based upon their experience.

#4—A more effective teamwork approach

This is more a culmination of #1 through #3. Being a recruiter is NOT an easy job, and for some searches, the job seems just about impossible.

However, when you team up with another recruiter and tackle the search assignment as a team, you double your brainpower, double your resources, and Doublemint, Doublemint, Doublemint Gum. No, wait a minute. Scratch that last one.

Do YOU want to maximize your membership and experience more trading partner benefits in Top Echelon’s split network?

Then contact Top Echelon Director of Network Operations Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERS at 330.595.1742 or via email at

You might think that you can’t attend Top Echelon Connect Fall 2023 because you have so many things to do on your recruiting desk. You have placements to make, after all.

And I agree: you have placements to make. However, attending this conference can help you make them!

In fact, we have more of everything you need at Connect Fall 2023 . . . REALLY!

Trying to get the attention of top talent in this candidates’ market?

Then attend “Communicate Differently to Recruit Passive Candidates” by keynote speaker Barb Bruno, CPC/CTS of Good as Gold Training. This session is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19.

Are you looking to streamline your candidate sourcing?

Our resident “super geek,” Todd Bossler, will take you through some tips and golden nugget tricks that will help you save time and effort during your daily activities. His session, titled “Sourcing with a Strategy: Tricks and Tips to Find the Talent,” is also scheduled for Tuesday, September 19.

Are you in search of fresh ideas and new best practices?

Then our Business-Building Discussion Groups are just what you need! During this session at the conference, you can meet your Network peers to discuss experiences and ideas to make more placements and generate more revenue.

Are you in search of new split recruiting partners?

Then attend the Lightning Rounds. During this fast-paced and engaging networking session, you’ll learn and share information with other Network members about a number of important topics, including how to use the Top Echelon tools and software to make more placements and more money!

You want advice and concrete steps for making more splits in TE?

Then attend our Top Producer Panel, “How I Successfully Use Top Echelon Tools for My Business” on Wednesday, September 20. Get the “inside scoop” on sustained success in Top Echelon’s recruiter network!

Are you looking for a competitive edge to close more deals the rest of this year?

Then attend “Be a Fly on the Wall: Prepare for Future Trends” by Barb Bruno,” also on Wednesday, September 20. During this presentation, Barb will share what she’s learned by writing 18 courses for LinkedIn Learning for recruiting clients and prospects. Discover the greatest frustrations, challenges, issues, and trends that your clients will face moving forward!

Or do you just need more recruiting help in general?

Then attend simply to meet partners with whom you can build a split relationship and share ideas. “Iron sharpens iron,” and not only that, but the conference is a great opportunity to recharge and relax before jumping back into the fray before the end of the year.

So we DO have it all at Connect Fall 2023. You just need to register and show up so you can get it all and then bring it home!

Click HERE for more information about Top Echelon Connect Fall 2023, including the full agenda and instructions for how to register.

I want to see YOU in Chicago!

We want every Network agency and Network recruiter to be as successful as they can possibly be. With that in mind, I’d like to announce our Top Echelon Network and ATS Basic Training schedules. (Or re-announce them, as the case may be.)

River Kale

Network members have options in regards to when they participate in a Network Basic Training session. Specifically, they can register for this training on any Friday at 3 p.m., Eastern Time. That is, of course, unless the Friday falls on a recognized holiday.

The Network Basic Training session focuses on sharing jobs, sharing candidates, and best practices within Top Echelon Network. This session is recommended for new Network members. (Please note that non-members will be removed from the session.)

There are multiple scenarios in which attending this training session makes sense for your agency:

  • If you, as the agency owner, or any of the recruiters in your agency would like a “refresher” regarding Network membership
  • If you, as the agency owner, or any of the recruiters in your agency have questions about Network membership
  • Or if you, as the owner, hires new recruiters for your agency and they need to be trained regarding Network membership

Top Echelon Network Success Specialist River Kale usually conducts these Network Basic Training sessions.

Click HERE to register for your Network Basic Training time slot!

J.D. Fye

And now, on to the ATS Basic Training schedule. (And when we say “ATS,” we mean the recruiting software formerly known as Big Biller.) ATS users have their choice of days, this time either Tuesday or Thursday (once again, with the exception of holidays). The time is set at 2 p.m., Eastern Time.

As you might expect, this is a training session focused on answering basic questions about features and processes within the Top Echelon recruiting software.

Top Echelon Training Manager J.D. Fye usually conducts these ATS Basic Training sessions.

Click HERE to register for your ATS Basic Training time slot!

Please note that both the Network Basic Training and ATS Basic Training sessions are typically small group sessions. So please be respectful of other users’ time and questions.

The Network Basic Training session is a great resource for helping Network members learn more about the Top Echelon software. That’s because the bottom line is this: we want to help your recruiting agency make more placements!

And when we say “make more placements,” we also mean “make more split placements.” We’ve said this on more than one occasion, but “half a loaf is better than none.” Or to put it into recruiter parlance, half a placement fee is better than no placement fee at all.

Of course, you can always reach me if you have questions regarding your Network membership. You can do so by calling 330.595.17423 or by sending an email to

Top Echelon offers a free monthly webinar as part of its Expert Recruiter Coaching Series.

These webinars touch upon a variety of recruiter-related topics. These topics deal with both job candidates and clients. As always, our goal with these webinars is to help professional recruiters and executive search consultants just like YOU make more placements.

We record these webinars for recruiters who can’t attend the live presentation, and we’re now pleased to offer the video from our most recent webinar by Barb Bruno, CPC/CTS of Good as Gold Training.

The title of that webinar (and corresponding training video) is “Too Much to Do . . . and Not Enough Time?”

Below is the official description for this training video:

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Why do such a small percentage of individuals in the recruiting and staffing profession attain top production? Why do thousands of recruiters, account executives, managers, and owners work long hours and incredibly hard—but the hours don’t equate to their income or profits?

Barb Bruno, CPC/CTS of Good as Gold Training

Barb Bruno, CPC/CTS

At the end of the day, if you’ve ever heard yourself say, “I’m further behind now than when I got here,” the next webinar video in Top Echelon’s Expert Recruiter Coaching Series by Barb Bruno, CPC/CTS of Good as Gold Training is a MUST WATCH!

You can’t manage time, but you can control how you use your time. Barb will provide viewers of this session with the following:

  • Solutions to the top 10 candidate time wasters
  • Solutions to the top 10 client time wasters
  • Solutions to the top 10 recruiter/account executive time wasters
  • The benefits of implementing the solutions

Time is of the essence . . . which is why you shouldn’t waste any and watch “Too Much to Do . . . and Not Enough Time?”

Watch this FREE training video!

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Recorded versions of our Expert Recruiter Coaching Series of webinars are posted on our website as free online recruitment training courses in the Top Echelon Recruiter Training Library.

Keep an eye out for the next free webinar in our Expert Recruiter Coaching Series!