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Some recruiters are out of the office for the last week of the year . . . and some are cashing placement checks.

Take, for instance, the Preferred Member recruiters below, who recently made split placements through Top Echelon recruiter network. For some of these recruiters, this is the first time that they’ve made a split placement with this particular Trading Partner.  For other recruiters, they’ve made numerous splits with these recruiters.

Whatever the case may be, they’re happy to be Preferred Members and they’re happy to be closing out 2011 with a split placement.  But this more than just a happy ending; it’s also a new beginning.  That’s because 2012 is just around the corner.  That means more opportunities to network and more chances to make split placements.

Don’t let the New Year pass you by.  Make 2012 your best year ever in the Network!




Jim Hipskind, CPCTrey CameronJob order recruiter: Jim Hipskind of Continental Search & Outplacement, Inc.

Candidate recruiter: Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group


Fee Percentage—15%

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


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Larry BakerJob order recruiter: Larry Baker of Computer Careers

Candidate recruiter: Ram Kola of Stewart Cooper & Coon


Fee Percentage—20%

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


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Trey CameronJob order recruiter: Jon Harol, CPC

Candidate recruiter: Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group

Job title: MED TECH

Fee Percentage—20%

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


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Tom WindsorJob order recruiter: Mike Duke of Career Development Partners

Candidate recruiter: Thomas Windsor of Corporate Resources, Inc.


Fee Percentage—Flat

Action causing split placement: The job seeker or client was found through my Hiring Hook recruiting website design.


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Contract Completed Placements


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Joe Papa, CTS/CPCJob order recruiter: Joseph Papa, CPC/CTS of American Medical Personnel Services, Inc.

Candidate recruiter: Peter Oettinger of Front Line Solutions, LLC

Job title: LPN

Fee Percentage—Flat

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


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Remember, you can opt out of having your split placement highlighted.  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 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.

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Welcome to a unique edition of our popular feature, “‘Comments’ and Compliments.”  (But then again, aren’t they all unique?)

'Comments' and Compliments

This week, we have a quartet of veteran Preferred Members, recruiters who have been in the business a long time and who have the placements (and battle scars) to prove it.  In fact, the four recruiters featured have made a combined 203 placements within Top Echelon Network during their time as Preferred Members.

And here’s the unique twist: this marks the first split placement that each recruiter has made with the other.  Despite their tenure in the Network, they haven’t made a split together until now.  Of course, now that they have made a split placement, the chances that they will make more in the future is much greater.

If you’d like to compliment one of your Trading Partners for a recent split placement (whether it’s your first, second, or ninth), send your comments to, and they’ll appear in a future issue of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog.

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Trey CameronJim Hipskind, CPC“I have been looking at Trey’s candidates for years and finally placed one.  Keep up the good work, Trey—it works.”

Submitted by Jim Hipskind of Continental Search & Outplacement, Inc. regarding his split placement with Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group

Fee Percentage—30%

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

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John SnyderEric V. Stearley, CPC“This was a challenge and a half.  Eric provided a technically qualified candidate that made the process interesting all the way to the end.  Thanks, Eric . . . now find me another one!”

Submitted by John Snyder of CareersPro, Inc. regarding his split placement with Eric V. Stearley, CPC of Eric V. Stearley, CPC & Associates

Fee Percentage—25%

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

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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, courtesy of Top Echelon Contracting, the recruiter’s back-office solution.  Similar posts will appear in future issues of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog.)

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There’s a lot of good news about contract staffing as 2011 comes to a close.

Citing data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Staffing Industry Analysts has reported that the number of contract/temporary workers increased by 22,300 in November, bringing the total of contingent workers to 2.3 million after previous increases of 15,800 in October and 24,700 in September. Since last November, the United States has added 169,000 contract/temporary workers.

The reason for the increase? Well, for starters, there is flexibility.  After having to conduct mass layoffs during the recession, companies are now utilizing more contractors so they can more easily adjust the size of their workforce to their workload. But according to a survey by Staffing Industry Analysts, cost savings is also a huge reason. Companies surveyed reported that they saved an average of 13 percent by utilizing contractors.

Not surprisingly, the staffing industry itself is also reaping financial awards from this contracting surge. Staffing revenue was up 1.2 percent in the third quarter compared with the previous quarter, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics data provided by Staffing Industry Analysts.  Over the past year, staffing revenue has increased 7.1 percent.



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