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Recruiters are making placements with their Hiring Hook websites!  We know this because we track the placements that are made through these sites, and we have some more this week in our list of Completed Placements.

Many recruiters use Hiring Hook websites from Top Echelon in order to leverage their time and resources more effectively.  The Job Board component of a Hiring Hook website allows you to post your jobs to your site and also to social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

If you’d like to know more about Hiring Hook websites, click here.  You can also give us a call at (330) 455-1433.




Completed Placements—Direct:

Roger MalatestaPaul E. RichardsJob order recruiter:
 Roger Malatesta of Prof’l Recruiting Consultants

Candidate recruiter: Paul E. Richards of Executive Directions & Pinnacle International


Action causing placement: The job order or candidate was found by searching Top Echelon’s split databases.


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Robert GaborTrey CameronJob order recruiter: Robert Gabor of The Gabor Group

Candidate recruiter: Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group


Action causing placement: The job seeker or client was found through my Hiring Hook Website.


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Ron SunshineGreg DownsCandidate recruiter: Ron Sunshine of Ron Sunshine Associates

Candidate recruiter: Greg Downs of Downs Associates


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


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Terry RhodesSuzanne GriffithJob order recruiter: Suzanne Griffith, CPC of J S Griffith & Associates

Candidate recruiter: Terry Rhodes of newcareers


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


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Patrick WalshSteve BrodyJob order recruiter: Patrick Walsh of the PSW Group

Candidate recruiter: Steve Brody of Executive Resource Systems


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


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Trey CameronPamela Ratz DeVille, CPCJob order recruiter: Pamela Ratz Deville, CPC of Health Career Professional, LLC

Candidate recruiter: Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group


Action causing placement: The job seeker or client was found through my Hiring Hook Website.


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Completed Placements—Contract:

Bill Quackenbush, CPC/CTSJennifer Fahlsing, CPCJob order recruiter:
 Bill Quackenbush of QCI Technical Staffing

Candidate recruiter: Jennifer Fahlsing of Aldis Associates


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


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Remember, you can opt out of having your split placement highlighted, if you so choose.  All you have to do is 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.

If you’d like to see the amount of the fees associated with each of the 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 placements.

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'Comments' and Compliments

Making split placements is all about teamwork between two recruiting firms . . . and teamwork is also the central theme of this installment of “Comments and Compliments.”  That’s because the recruiters involved in this week’s highlighted placements (and their firms) made a concerted effort to work together in order to bring the deal together.

Not that other recruiters don’t work together on their splits, but these recruiters felt compelled to praise each other regarding the split placements they’ve made.  That, of course, is what we want ALL recruiters in Top Echelon Network to do—use teamwork to make split placements and then praise one another about them.  That could make for a lot of blog posts, but hey, we’ll take one for the team.

If you’d like to compliment your Trading Partner for a recent split fee recruiting placement (or placements), send your comments to

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Patrick WalshSteve Brody“Great candidate!  Stacie Miebach [in Steve’s office] delivered the perfect candidate for the role.  I look forward to the next split.”

Submitted by Patrick Walsh of the PSW Group regarding his split placement with Steve Brody of Executive Resource Systems

Fee Percentage—25%

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Bernie Nutter, CPCRussell Schutt, CSP“Russ was a great asset in working with his very ‘risk aversed’ candidate.  Teamwork and patience paid off in the end.  Hopefully, we will share many more placements in the future with this client!”

Submitted by Bernie Nutter, CPC of Hire Horizons regarding his split placement with Russell Schutt, CSP of Progressive Executive, Inc.

Fee Percentage—30%

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Remember, if you have compliments for a Trading Partner regarding a split placement, please email them to

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

Debbie Fledderjohann

The tough economy seems to have hit older workers particularly hard, and age discrimination claims are rising as a result.

According to an article, age discrimination claims have hit record levels.  Citing Equal Employment Opportunity Commission statistics, the article states that claims have risen steadily from 16,000 in 2006 to 23,000 in 2010.

This is not surprising, considering the unemployment statistics regarding older workers.  Those age 55 and over are unemployed for an average length of 52.4 weeks.  The average is just 37.4 weeks for younger workers, according to AARP employment data cited in the article.  Also, more than half of the unemployed older workers are considered “long-term unemployed,” meaning they have been out of work at least 27 weeks.

Older workers are often the first to go in layoffs because they are usually the highest-paid workers.  They are also often overlooked for new jobs because employers (usually incorrectly) assume that older workers are less productive, are harder to train, are frequently absent, and invite higher health insurance costs.

On the flip side, more savvy companies realize that older workers come with a wealth of knowledge and often strong work ethics.  They are tapping into that knowledge base through a trend called retiree re-staffing, where companies retain or bring in older workers on consulting or contract assignments.  These arrangements are good for the workers, too, many who are not able or not willing to retire completely, but want a more flexible work arrangement than traditional full-time employment provides.

Older workers can find companies that will value the knowledge and experience they have to offer, but they may need to think outside the traditional work model to which they’re accustomed.  You can help them do that by providing contract opportunities where they can continue to contribute their expertise.

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Matt DeutschAt Top Echelon Network, we’re all about networking . . . and that includes social networking (and by extension, social media).

This is why the Network—and many of its employees—have a LinkedIn account, a Twitter account, a Facebook page, etc.

That being said, you’ll notice that there’s a bar of images located directly below the title of this blog post (and all other posts in any of our blogs).  The bar contains the options for sharing this blog post via social media.  Those options are as follows:

Facebook “Like”—Not only can you “like” the blog post, but you can also comment on it and share it with your Facebook friends at the same time.

Email Article—Pretty much self-explanatory, this allows you to email the blog post to a friend or co-worker more easily.

Tweet—You can tweet the post to your followers (after you login to Twitter) with one click of your mouse.

Google+1—For those of you with Google+ accounts, all it takes is one click to “+1” the blog post (once again, if you’re already logged in).

LinkedIn Share—Last but not least, you can share the post with your professional contacts through LinkedIn.

I encourage you to share as much of the “social media love” in the Network as you can.  We’ve discovered that recruiters especially like to share news of placements that they’ve made, regardless of whether they’re split placements or full-fee placements.

If you’re one of those recruiters who have made split placements within the Network, and we highlight your placement in The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog, feel free to share your accomplishments via social media.  We want to celebrate your placements, so we definitely invite you to do the same.

Not only that, but you’ll notice that at the bottom of each blog post, there are additional social media options.  For example, at the bottom of this blog post, you can connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me on Twitter.  Similar options are available for the authors of other blog posts.

If you have any questions about social networking, social media, and Top Echelon Network, feel free to contact me.  In the meantime, “share the love” . . .

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