Welcome to Kokott, Wood & Associates!
At Kokott, Wood & Associates, we take pride in presenting our Candidates and Clients with the most accurate match possible. In fact, our retained search matches are so accurate, we're the Convenience Store and Petroleum Industry's ONLY executive search team with a 100% retained search success rate. We accept no alternative and take great pride in this achievement. We are the only firm standing behind our commitment to success with a guarantee. We're also very proud of our 95% 'stick' rate, an industry benchmark.
Candidates are presented only after completing KWA's exclusive qualification process. Don't take our word for it. Our clients have stated it's the most comprehensive and rigorous qualification process in the industry. We employ these extensive processes to ensure both the Client and Candidate experience the highest level of professionalism and service. Only then can we achieve the best match possible, ensuring a long term and mutually beneficial relationship.KWA was formed to fill a void within our channel between a ‘true’ executive search process and what was being delivered to both the Clients and the Candidates.
“When a Client retains an executive search firm, that firm needs to become a partner with the company and represent them as if they were a company stakeholder. They need to have the Client’s best interest at heart and a strong conviction to find exactly what the Client requires as they go through the recruitment and qualifying process with each Candidate. It is not about sending multiple resumes, but rather about providing highly qualified Candidates.
When a Candidate seeks the services of an executive search firm, they need to be treated as something more than a commodity. Every Candidate is a valuable asset, whether they know it or not. But in most cases, and before they seek that next opportunity, they need to have a very realistic understanding of their value and how they best present themselves. Helping Candidates achieve that understanding, whether we make a placement or not, is very important to us and is one of our core principles. When we source, recruit, qualify and place a Candidate in a new position, it is incumbent upon us to make sure this is an excellent career move for not only the Candidate but the Candidate’s entire family. This is a responsibility that this firm takes very seriously.”
It has been our experience that too many recruiting firms are more concerned about making the placement and earning a fee. This does not represent a mutually beneficial long term strategy. At KWA, it is ALWAYS about the long term outcome and what is best for the Clients and Candidates. Frankly, we prefer to sleep very well at night.
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Why Kokott, Wood & Associates
Kokott, Wood & Associates specializes in placements of executives, management, IT, and other professionals in the C- Store and Petroleum Industry. With over 75 years of actual industry experience, our executive search professionals have the knowledge and insight to identify the right candidate to excel within your organization.Read More
“Now that everyone is settled in, I have a few minutes to say thank you for your assistance in helping me land this position. Prior to my job search, I had never worked with recruiters and didn’t think I would ever need to. As you know, I had my resume with several other companies, but I’m glad your posting worked out for me. For starters, your description of the company, the hiring manager (now my VP), the pay plan and the area were so correct. This really helped us in deciding to pursue this opportunity and was especially helpful when we moved here. It was as we expected (hoped) it to be.
Thank you so much!
Wholesale Fuel Manager, Midwest Fuel Wholesaler / DistributorRead More
"Klaus carefully orchestrated an action plan geared to differentiating my unique talents from the rest of the crowd. He readily made himself available to offer guidance and conduct thorough mock interviews designed to bring out my personal strengths and value to the hiring company. His focused approach not only helped prepare me for the interview process, but gave me the confidence that I was the right person for the job. Klaus is a top notch recruiter committed to strategically preparing clients for positions he has deemed are a strong fit. He truly cares about the success of his clients and the contributions they will make to the organization."
Category Manager, Southwest US Retail CompanyRead More
"I wasn't sure of the value of your Retained Search process when you first proposed the concept to me. I can now tell you (and others), it is the only way we'll ever conduct another search. You told me it would save me time, eliminate frustration, and provide me with a selection of 3-5 very qualified Candidates. I was truly impressed with the detail of Candidate information and your qualifying process; it was as if I knew the Candidate before I ever interviewed them. The time you spent with us, learning about our business, our culture and what this key position would be responsible for was time well spent. The most difficult task for us was that of making the final selection... "
Fred - President/CEO - Retailer - East CoastRead More
Having been a part of the recruitment process on both sides of the table I can definitely say that my experience with Kokott, Wood & Associates was a privilege. From the initial stage of describing the role & the company to the final negotiation stage - Kokott, Wood & Associates made sure all parties were well aware of the situation at hand. There wasn't one point in the process where I wondered where things stood and what next step(s) needed to take place. Their ability to communicate their client's expectations, company culture, and need(s) for the role could not have been better. It was a pleasure working with Kokott, Wood, & Associates, and I would highly recommend working with their professional team. I look forward to the next time I deal with them as a client.