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Okay, okay . . . summer doesn’t officially end until September 22, which is exactly one month from today.

But what’s the matter with having an “End-of-Summer Split Placement Extravaganza” for the next four weeks?

Recent PlacementsAnswer: there’s nothing wrong with it, that’s what.

This week in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog, we have more split placements with larger percentages and bigger fees—and those are three things upon which all recruiters can agree.

Preferred Member recruiters in the Network are still making more split placements than they were a year ago, and we expect that trend to continue throughout the rest of 2012.  In the meantime, there are still four more weeks left in our “Split Placement Extravaganza.”

So what are you waiting for?  Celebrate by making some splits!



Sean Napoles, CPCPat KenefickJob order recruiter: Pat Kenefick of Kenefick & Associates, Inc.

Candidate recruiter: Sean Napoles, CPC of Career Brokers, Inc.


Fee Percentage—20%

Action causing split placement: Regular communication with another Top Echelon Network Preferred Member recruiter

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Veronica (Roni) SnyderTrey CameronJob order recruiter: Veronica Snyder of Career Professionals, Inc.

Candidate recruiter: Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group<


Fee Percentage—25%

Action causing split placement: The job order or candidate was found through my Hiring Hook website.

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Dan Simmons, CPCBob LongJob order recruiter: Dan Simmons, CPC of Continental Search & Outplacement, Inc.

Candidate recruiter: Bob Long of Executive Personnel Services


Fee Percentage—30%

Action causing split placement: Regular communication with another Top Echelon Network Preferred Member recruiter

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Steve KohnJob order recruiter: Steve Kohn of Affinity Executive Search

Candidate recruiter: Neil Elenzweig of American Career Search, Inc.


Fee Percentage—Flat

Action causing split placement: Regular communication with another Top Echelon Network Preferred Member recruiter

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a href=”” target=”_blank”>Trey CameronBrenda Wylie-Biggs, CPCJob order recruiter: Brenda Wylie-Biggs of KB Search Team, LLC

Candidate recruiter: Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group


Fee Percentage—25%

Action causing split placement: The job order or candidate was found through my Hiring Hook website.

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Gail WilliamsRichard ConnorsJob order recruiter: Richard Connors of Vista Technology

Candidate recruiter: Gail Williams of Williams Recruiting, Inc.


Fee Percentage—25%

Action causing split placement: Regular communication with another Top Echelon Network Preferred Member recruiter

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Chris Ramsay, CPCRhonda DoveJob order recruiter: Chris Ramsay, CPC of Corporate Resources, LLC

Candidate recruiter: Rhonda Dove of KB Search Team, LLC


Fee Percentage—25%

Action causing split placement: The job order or candidate was sent to me via the automated email alerts.

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If you’d like to see the amount of the fees associated with each of the split placements listed above, login to the Members’ Area and click on the profiles of the recruiters involved. The fee totals will be included along with those split placements.

Remember, you can opt out of having your split placement highlighted. Just send an email to indicating your desire to be left out. Once you do so, you won’t be included in future installments of this feature.

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Every once in a while, we have a shameless plug in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog.  However, in all actuality, the reason we have one this week is because recruiters are making money because of our shameless plug.

The plug in question is for Hiring Hook, websites for recruiters.

'Comments' and ComplimentsMore and more in 2012, Preferred Member recruiters are making split placements in the Network because of Hiring Hook websites.  They’ve been directly responsible for providing the candidates that recruiters need for their open job orders.

Hiring Hook not only offers website design and re-design services for recruiters, but also offers a Job Board that recruiters can use to post jobs to their website.  (And as you’ve probably guessed, they can use to post other recruiters’ jobs to their website, allowing them to make split placements.)

Click here for more information about website services for recruiters, or just give us a call at (330) 455-1433.  (We like to talk; it’s our thing.)  In the meantime, below are comments that recruiters recently submitted regarding split placements they’ve made because of a Hiring Hook website.

And to top it all off, it’s the first split placement they’ve made with one another!

If you’d like to thank another recruiter for their efforts in a split placement situation), send your information to  Your comments might be included in an upcoming issue of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog!

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Trey CameronVeronica Snyder“Thanks, Trey!  I think this is our first split . . . hopefully, more will follow!”

Submitted by Veronica Snyder of Career Professionals, Inc. regarding her split placement with Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group

Fee Percentage—25%

(Editor’s note: this is the first split placement that Snyder and Cameron have made together in Top Echelon Network.)


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Kerry BoehnerJames R. Gettys“I’m glad the Hiring Hook website hooked me up!”

Submitted by Kerry Boehner of KOB Solutions, Inc. regarding her split placement with James R. Gettys of International Staffing Consultants, Inc.

Fee Percentage—17.5%

(Editor’s note: this is the first split placement that Boehner and Gettys have made together in Top Echelon Network.)

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The Top Echelon Network, Big Biller, and Hiring Hook services are scheduled for a system upgrade on the evening of Thursday, August 23, between the hours of 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Once this scheduled upgrade has occurred, all three services will be available and fully operational.

From time to time, Top Echelon performs standard maintenance and system upgrades to ensure that the software and services that we provide are of the highest quality possible.

Thank you for your patience during this time and for your commitment as a Preferred Member recruiter in Top Echelon Network.

In last week’s issue of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog, we talked about how Karen Akbal-Sturgeon of KLA Industries is taking her entire office of recruiters to the 2012 Top Echelon Network Fall Conference in Chicago this October.

This week, we’re highlighting Jim Petitpren and Pam Petitpren of The PRA Group, Inc., who are also planning to attend the Fall Conference.  However, their story is a bit different, and this is why:

  • They joined Top Echelon Network as Preferred Member recruiters in February of this year.
  • They immediately registered for the National Convention, which was held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.
  • When online registration for the Fall Conference went live, Jim and Pam were among the first Preferred Members to sign up.

Recently, we asked them why they were so anxious to attend another Top Echelon Network event, and this is what Pam had to say:

Pam Petitpren“Top Echelon Recruiters are the best of the best.  We met so many great new Trading Partners and began so many great new relationships, the [National Convention] was an event that gave us energy and a new perspective on how we do our recruiting, in and out of Top Echelon Network.

“The content of the recruiter discussions was extremely valuable and the speaker was great.

“Besides, it’s nice to get out of the office and get fresh ideas and perspectives from other recruiters whose business models are similar to ours.  There’s so much to talk about and learn from one another.”

The Fall Conference is scheduled for Thursday, October 11, and Friday, October 12, at the Sheraton Chicago O’Hare.  Early Bird Registration for the conference is currently underway. The price of Early Bird is just $210 per person.

However, this price won’t be around forever.  Sign up now and plan to join us in Chicago for a great training and networking event!

View the preliminary agenda.
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(Editor’s Note: This is the next in a series of guest blog posts about contract staffing, courtesy of Top Echelon Contracting, the recruiter’s back-office solution.  Similar posts will appear in future issues of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog.)

Debbie FledderjohannE-Verify is an online system that checks information provided on an employee’s Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) against data from the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security.

While the system isn’t mandatory for all employers, there is federal legislation pending to change that.  And many employers are already required by state or local law or under federal contracts to run their employees through E-Verify.  But why should that concern you as a recruiter?

Well, if you’re placing contractors and running your own back-office, YOU are responsible for running your contractors through E-Verify, if required.  That means you need to keep up with the federal laws, as well as those in all of the areas in which you place contractors and make sure that you’re in compliance.

If you are required to E-Verify contractors, you’ll need to be trained and certified to use the system.  You must run new contractors through the system within three business days of their start date.  Of course, this is after you’ve had them complete Section 1 of the I-9 on their first day of work and you have completed Section 2, which is a task that also must be completed within three days of their start date.

Even if you use a contract staffing back-office, you still want to ensure that the back-office is running contractors through E-Verify when required.  Not only that, but many clients are requiring that contractors placed at their companies are run through E-Verify, even if not required by law.  If you want to get placements from those clients, you’ll want to be sure to use a contract staffing back-office that is certified to run E-Verify.

Your best bet is to align yourself with a contract staffing back-office, such as Top Echelon Contracting, that runs all of their contractors through E-Verify.  That way, you know all of your placements will be compliant with any applicable E-Verify laws and you won’t miss out on any placement opportunities.

(Editor’s note: this article is for informational purposes only and should NOT be considered legal advice.)


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