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Mark Demaree

Although a good number of recruiters are optimistic about the upcoming year—as indicated by our latest Members’ Area survey—the past year did not reflect those feeling for many recruiters, both inside and outside of Top Echelon Network.

Due to a number of reasons, the recruiting industry was still a slow in many disciplines for a good part of 2010.  However, as the year comes to an end, this is the time not only to reflect upon what transpired during the previous months, but also to give thanks for all that you have, both personally and professionally.

At the Network, one of the things for which we’re the most thankful is the Preferred Membership, those recruiters who have chosen (and continue to choose) to be a part of Top Echelon.  As we prepare to enter 2011, I want to express my gratitude to everyone for their dedication, determination, and commitment.  I truly believe that we have some of the very best recruiters within our ranks, and it’s the talent and experience of our Preferred Members that’s helped to make Top Echelon the network it is today.

I’d also like to take a moment to remind you that the Top Echelon offices will be closed on Friday, December 24, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The offices will reopen on Monday, December 27.  And of course, our offices will be closed again on Friday, December 31, which is New Year’s Eve. With that in mind, I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe,warm, and happy holiday season.  I hope that you enjoy the time spent with family and friends and that you return to the office refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle 2011 head-on.

If there’s any way in which we can help you to be more successful as a Preferred Member, please contact me at (330) 455-1433, Ext. 172, or you can send an email to

Glenda Smith, CPCThere are many recruiters in Top Echelon who are enjoying success using the Network’s tools and services.  In this feature, “The Recruiter’s Resume,” we’re going to highlight those recruiters, their accomplishments, and how they’ve been successful.

If you’d like to nominate somebody for this feature (including yourself), send an email to

Preferred Member:

Glenda Smith of MetalJobs Network in Eastwood, Kentucky

Network Accomplishments:

Smith has made a total of 69 placements in Top Echelon Network since becoming a Preferred Member recruiter, four in 2010.

Glenda’s Keys to Success in Top Echelon Network:

“Staying in touch with recruiters who may have candidates who work my specialty.”

Glenda’s Trading Partners:

“Jeff Ploeger, Janiece Durham, Mike Helffrich, Dave Wick, Bob Millman, and a host of others with whom I stay in touch.”

The Activity Level in Glenda’s Niche (Technical and Professional Manufacturing):

“This year has been a great surprise. The activity level is excellent and it seems it will continue into the new year. Yippee!”

Glenda’s Goals for Future Production in the Network:

“Obviously, I’d like to make more splits. But since the niche I work is very small (manufacturing aluminum extrusions), odds are that the splits I do make will be the unusual ones – the ones where another TE recruiter needs a special candidate with a metals background – something that is outside their own area or when I need a candidate who is outside my area of expertise. I make it a rule to always check the split candidate database for the right candidate before I conduct additional searches.”

Glenda’s Advice:

“Don’t be afraid of picking up the phone and calling any TE recruiter for advice, to get feedback or just to discuss if a concern you have is valid. TE is chock full of the BEST kind of people – recruiters who want YOU to succeed as much as you do. They are always willing to help you in any situation.

“The other thing I’d say is to utilize fully the skills and experience of other TE’ers. That includes using them as your ‘back-office.’  In our TE family, we have experts in all areas of industry and careers, including accounting, construction, plastics, in recruiting doctors, in working with the government, in engineering, in IT and certainly in metals, just to name a few.”

Matt DeutschThis is more of a reminder blog post than anything else, because . . . well, there are some things I want to remind you about.

First and foremost are our holiday hours.  The Top Echelon Network offices will be closed on Friday, December 24 (this Friday), and Friday, December 31 (next Friday) in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  The offices will re-open for business as usual at 8 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, on Monday, December 27, and Monday, January 3.

Okay, now that’s out of the way, on to “The Craziest Recruiting Story of 2010.”

As I mentioned last week, the deadline for submitting your craziest recruiting story of 2010 has been pushed back, to next Wednesday, December 29, as a matter of fact.  Also, as I’ve mentioned in the past, there are three ways you can submit your “Craziest Recruiting Story”:

  • You can email your story to
  • You can post the story by including it in the comments section at the end of this blog post.
  • You can give me a call at (330) 455-1433, Ext. 125 and relay your story to me.

Once again, the deadline for submitting your “Craziest Recruiting Story of 2010” is Wednesday, December 29.  We’ll announce the winner during the first part of January in the Recruiter Training Blog and also on “Top Echelon TV.”

Recruiters have already submitted their stories to us, and they’ve been pretty outrageous.  So think back to everything that’s happened during the past year and submit your “Craziest Recruiting Story of 2010.”

Consider yourself reminded.

(330) 455-1433, Ext. 125