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I’m pleased to announce that the new Network Candidates feature is now LIVE in Top Echelon!

I, along with Senior Product Designer Jen Davies, conducted a special software release webinar about his new feature on Monday. If didn’t get the chance to attend the live webinar, that’s okay. We recorded it, and you can watch it now at your leisure.

To recap, Network Candidates is a fresh approach to the MEGA Database from the legacy version of our split placement software. Once again, this is NOT just a different version of the MEGA. It is better and provides you, the user, with more decision-making data.

Before I get into that, though, here is the recorded version of Monday’s webinar:

So what does the new Network Candidates feature offer? The following, among other things:

  • For starters, you’ll search in one place for your candidates within the Network software. Specifically, you’ll click the “NETWORK” tab in the search results to see what’s available in terms of the over four millions candidates to which you have access.
  • Multiple state location searching
  • Filters: Most Common Locations, Education Levels, Resume Add Date, and the top five recruiters representing data in the list
  • More information to make a determination regarding which candidates to request:
    • Current Position Title
    • Location
    • Parsed skills from the resume
    • Display of past work history position titles and the number of years/months in those positions
    • Summary on the candidate

I whole-heartedly invite you to dig in to the new Network Candidates feature. And as you do that, I have something else of which I’d like to remind you . . .

Beta testers still wanted!

Once again, I’d like to take this opportunity to invite you, the members of Top Echelon’s recruiter network, to be beta testers for the upcoming changes to the Network software.

Simply send an email to with the words “Beta Tester” in the subject line. Remember, of course, that we can’t put every single Network member on beta testing, so there are limitations. That’s why if you really want to be a beta tester, I suggest that you act today and send an email!

First and foremost, there is no doubt that Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc. is a powerhouse Top Echelon Network recruiting agency. The numbers definitely back that up.

Byrnes & Rupkey joined Top Echelon’s recruiter network in May of 2014. Since then, the agency has racked up 135 placements in TE. That’s a healthy average of 27 placements per year.

Lois Rupkey (now retired) earned Recruiter of the Week honors in Top Echelon Network. So did Kristy Staggs, who is now the President/CEO and owner of the agency.

And now agency recruiter Katy McCracken has earned Recruiter of the Week honors in TE!

Katy has made four split placements so far this year with four different trading partners. Not only does she make placements, but Katy is also a webmaster, meaning that she manages the Byrnes & Rupkey website!

In addition, Katy goes out of her way to compliment her split recruiting partners, as you can see below. This is further evidence that she works to build relationships in the Network, which increases the chances that she’ll make even more placements in the future.

Katy McCracken: the secret to her success

We wanted Katy to say a few words about the success that she’s enjoyed so far in TE. Thankfully, she agreed to do so.

Katy McCracken of Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc.

Katy McCracken

“I only started recruiting six years ago, right after I graduated college, and have learned so much from the wonderful Byrnes & Rupkey team and Top Echelon.

“I have found that reaching out and developing relationships with TE partners who specialize in similar industries has been successful for me. I also send out a Hot Jobs list every week and have received some great candidates from fellow TE partners.

“I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of TE, and I look forward to developing more relationships and making more placements with TE partners!”

So congratulations to Katy McCracken for her production and success in the Network and for being named Recruiter of the Week!

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“Thank you again, Nicole, for your help with this role! [The candidate is awesome] and will do well with my client. You are fantastic to work with!”

Submitted by Katy McCracken of Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc. regarding her Network split placement with Nicole Krnich of S&R Resources


Fee Percentage—20%

(Editor’s note: This is the first Network split placement that Katy and Nicole have made together in Top Echelon.)

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Gary Thompson of Retail Options Executive Search

Gary Thompson

“Thank you so much, Gary, for sharing [the candidate] with me! He is an outstanding candidate, and I know he will be successful in this role. You are wonderful to work with, and I am so glad we filled this role! Thanks, again!”

Submitted by Katy McCracken of Byrnes & Rupkey, Inc. regarding her Network split placement with Gary Thompson of Retail Options Executive Search


Fee Percentage—25%

(Editor’s note: This is the first Network split placement that Katy and Gary have made together in Top Echelon.)

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The selection process for the Recruiter of the Week Award is based upon multiple criteria, including production within Top Echelon Network, adherence to the Network Policies and Golden Rules, the spirit of networking that the recruiter displays while interacting with other members, and the level of commitment that the recruiter exhibits in regards to their Network membership overall. The Recruiter of the Week is a true embodiment of The Four Pillars of Top Echelon Network—Quality, Communication, Trust, and Active Participation.