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Most recruiters use a headset . . . but exactly how many?  Top Echelon conducted a survey of recruiters all across the country and asked them various questions about headset use.  In this episode of “Top Echelon TV,” Internet Strategies Manager Todd Bossler discusses the results of that survey.


Which headset do you use?  What kind do you use?  Do you have any additional information or feedback that would be useful to recruiters?  Comment below.

Mark Demaree

These past two years have been tough for recruiters, including recruiters in Top Echelon Network.  A lot of firms have gone out of business, or at the very least, they’ve been forced to consolidate and restructure their recruiting practice.

At the same time, there have been many changes that have occurred within the Network during the past year, changes meant to streamline our tools and services.  We’ve rolled out a new version of the Network software and the Big Biller recruiting software.  We’ve also introduced two new services and eliminated two old services.

One thing that has not changed, though, is our commitment to you, the Preferred Membership of Top Echelon Network.

We believe in the recruiters in our Network, we believe in their ability and desire to make split placements, and we believe that we can provide the resources and opportunities for them to make more splits.  In short, we want to help every Network recruiter make more split placements.

We want this year to be a great year for you as a Preferred Member of the Network.  As part of that objective, we want to know how we can serve you and help you get the most out of your Membership.

Now, we have some ideas on how to accomplish this, but it’s important to us to know what you think, what you want, and what you need as a recruiter in this Network.

That’s why in the near future, we’ll be sending you a short email survey.  This survey will contain a series of questions designed to provide us with feedback that will allow us to further enhance the level of service and the amount of value that we provide to you.  We also invite you to call us or email us.  Just let us know what we can do to help you make more split placements.

As always, thank you for your commitment as a Preferred Member of Top Echelon Network.   We’re excited about 2011 and the possibilities that the year holds, and we’re also excited about helping you enjoy more success in your business.

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(330) 455-1433, Ext. 172

We picked a great location . . . we slashed the cost . . . we packed it with as much training and networking as we possibly could.  But in the end, what matters when it comes to the 2011 National Convention are the Trading Partners relationships and split placements that could result from attending.  After all, that’s why the recruiters who have already signed up made the decision to attend—placements, placements, and more placements.  But don’t take it from me.


Dave Sgro“I am excited for the Ft. Lauderdale convention! I have directly attributed at lease one placement to each and every convention I have attended so I would  not miss one. The opportunity to get together with other recruiters I have good relationships with, as well as meeting recruiters I have not known previously, in a fun out of office environment, has proven to be of huge value when back in the office. Again, I have gotten a placement within weeks of each convention as a direct result of my attending the convention. It’s a no-brainer!”

David M. Sgro of True North Consultants


Don Walker, CPC“The reason I attend TE conventions is that invariably I will meet, exchange JO information with another recruiter and make a split placement.  I would say that I average one split every two conventions.   Sometimes in that attempt is just the developing of a professional recruiting relationship that will lead maybe 1-2 split placements or more down the road.  It is about meeting, knowing and developing trust with these great folks.  In one case, I came back from a convention and told one of my recruiters and he pick it up from there and had the ideal candidate resulting in a split.  Some recruiters complain about the time lost and the cost.  For us, Cocventions just work.  It’s an investment in your business.”

Don Walker of Search Team One


Maria Hemminger, CSP“We have not missed a national or Chicago convention since joining the network in 2005.  We have successfully made placements with recruiters time after time again that we have met at these conferences.  We have formed strong bonds with partnering recruiters due to these meetings.  The result – we make more money every year by attending these conferences.”

Maria Hemminger of MJ Recruiters, LLC



These recruiters made split placements because they invested in their Network Membership and attended a Top Echelon convention.  You can, too.  Sign up for the 2011 National Convention at the Early Bird Registration price of $349 per person.  There could be split placement opportunities waiting for you in Fort Lauderdale.  It would be a shame if you weren’t there to greet them.

Drea Codispoti, CPC/CERSEvery week, there’s proof that Top Echelon Network can help recruiters make split placements.  That’s because recruiters in the Network make split placements with each other every week. In fact, it’s almost every day that two Top Echelon recruiters split a placement fee.

As Membership Development Coordinator, it’s my job to help connect recruiters with one another so they can make split placements.  And when those split placements occur, we at Top Echelon Network want to recognize the recruiters who made them and congratulate them.  After all, we’re primarily concerned with YOUR success as Preferred Members.  We want to help you make splits, and then we want to celebrate those splits when they happen.

This week, we’d like to recognize the recruiters listed below and celebrate the split placements that they recently made with each other.  If you haven’t made a split placement with another Network recruiter, I want you to CALL me at (330) 455-1433, Ext. 156.  Let me know what I can do to help you make a split, so that your name can be included in this feature in the future.  (We want everybody to be included!)

Daniel L. Williams of The Williams Company and Bill Elias of Elias Associates, Inc. placed a Maintenance Manager.

Steve Brody of Executive Resource Systems and James McMahon of Chicago Search Group, Inc. placed an Audit Staff.

Alan Carty of and Hani Mussa of KnowPeople, Inc. placed a Custom Service Manager.

Dan Simmons, CPC of Continental Search & Outplacement, Inc. and Matt Scheihing of J. Miles Personnel Services placed a QA Manager.

Donna Carroll of Systems Personnel and Gary Silver of The Shay Group placed a Systems Analyst.

Greg Lawrence of Career Recruiters, Inc. and Twanda DeBorde of CMD and Associates Executive Search placed a HR Manager.

Denise Milano Sprung of Joseph Associates, Inc. and Jan Clements of Med Exec International placed a Director of Clinical Pharmacology.

Chris Harol, CPC of Lighthouse Recruiting and Doug Stephens of Stephens International Recruiting, Inc. placed a Histology Supervisor.

Jan Burke of Metaljobs Network and David Wick of Career Center of Cincinnati, Inc. placed a Mechanical Engineer.

Russell Schutt, CSP of Progressive Executive, Inc. and Jim Strickland of BioSource International placed an Account Manager.

Don’t forget: contact me if you have any question about your Network Membership or would like me to help you make a split placement.  That’s why I’m here, and that’s what we do.

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(330) 455-1433, Ext. 156

'Comments' and ComplimentsSplit placements are up . . . optimism is up . . . and so are the number of submissions that we’ve received from recruiters for our “‘Comments’ and Compliments” feature.  In fact, we received five last week alone.

Preferred Members of our Network love to make split placements, and they love to shower their Trading Partners with praise when they do make split placements.  Far be it from us to prevent them from making their praise a public matter (within the Network, at any rate).

And as you know, we don’t disclose the amount of the fee earned with these split placements.  For that information, login to the Members’ Area and view the profiles and placement details of the recruiters involved.  Go ahead . . . do it.

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Trey Cameron“Yes . . . finally . . . we, too, have made a placement with Trey Cameron!”

Submitted by Maria Hemminger of MJ Recruiters, LLC regarding her split placement with Trey Cameron of the Cameron Craig Group

Position Title—Manufacturing Project Engineer
Fee Percentage—20%

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“Gail and I have been working on this placement for over a year.  Throughout that time, Gail has been outstanding to work with, a true partner.”

Submitted by Denise Milano Sprung of Joseph Associates, Inc. regarding her split placement with Gail Williams of Williams Recruiting, Inc.

Position Title—Head of Cancer Biology
Fee Percentage—25%

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If you have comments for a Trading Partner regarding a split placement, please email those comments to