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Klaus Kokott

I have had the absolute pleasure of working with Klaus professionally for my current position, at which I have been employed for over one year.  I would certainly say that this professional relationship, which dates back to 2010, is one that has proven Klaus to be a true leader in the recruiting, professional career search and placement industry.   By leader I am speaking of his professional integrity with regards to not only finding the right fit for the company to thrive, but also a strategic fit for the individual to further grow and develop with them.

He took time to ask the right questions and really understand not only my areas of strength, but also areas where I could expand and refine other skills that were important for success in my field.  While taking all of my own professional expertise and passion into consideration, he was extremely thoughtful to consider how certain positions might impact my family and what factors were important to me.

He consistently provided feedback during the interviewing process and offered additional consulting/coaching that helped me to find my edge for each meeting so that I could better illustrate my professional portfolio.  I have been most impressed with the genuine interest Klaus has for his clients.  He continues to touch base to see not only how I am doing professionally but also the entire family.

I highly recommend Klaus to those individuals looking for a change in their profession.  His vision to see collectively where I was and where I wanted to be in 5 to 15 years was spot on.

Thank you,

Michael F.

It’s late and I'm finishing up some documentation on the last project I completed a couple of months ago. Then something dawned on me… Where was someone like you when I was using a recruiter firm to find programmers and general IT staff. The recruiters we were using literally sent over warm bodies with fancy resumes and it was up to me to test them and determine if they should be interviewed.

You have to be the most detail oriented and prepared person that I’ve met in any business. Bravo to you! I hope you are truly successful in what you do. My wife and I were chatting about you again this evening while riding bicycles around the neighborhood. She said, What’s up with this guy? Why does he want to do another prep session for the same company? She then realized some of her situations when their company did not properly vet people before hiring them. Turned out as a disaster most every time. Plus the recruiter was blacklisted.

I just wanted to throw some kudos. I really appreciate your help and if for some reason they choose another candidate, I hope you can represent me with the same tenacity to another company.

Again… Kudos

J.S.

"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."

Operations Director, Mid-Atlantic Retailer

"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.
I know things got sort of hectic, so I also appreciated that you were good about returning my calls – especially at the crunch time." Thank you so much!

Wholesale Fuel Manager, Midwest Fuel Wholesaler / Distributor

My experience with Kokott, Wood & Associates was extremely positive from first contact to job offer. Klaus Kokott and Dick Wood are long-time members of the c-store industry. We all spoke the same language. Both recruiters are quite personable, which makes the often nerve wracking process of a job search a little more enjoyable. Even though the first position they presented did not work out, they persisted in seeking out other opportunities for me to find a great organization to advance my career. They were very discreet and professional. Klaus communicated with me regularly during the search period. Dick had legitimate, long term relationships with hiring managers and human resources professionals at the company I am with now.

Without any specific coaching, Klaus helped me develop a comprehensive Executive Summary that not only conveyed my experience and value to prospective employers but also solidified my value in my own mind. It was extremely helpful to have industry veterans provide honest feedback about the industry as a whole, the individual companies they work with, and my unique skill set. I am an expert in my field, but I am not an expert in job seeking. I am grateful for the support and perspective they gave to me, in spite of the fact that I was not the paying client.

I have been in my new position three months and I can honestly say that I was provided very solid information about this company throughout the hiring process. Making a transition is always a leap of faith. It is good to have something to base that faith on, and Kokott, Wood & Associates delivered.

Environmental / Compliance Professional, Southern US

Klaus,
I also did want to take a few moments to thank you for not only sending me to them, but for listening to me and what I was looking for. You really did hit the nail on the head with this company. You could have just sent me to different places to place me quickly as most other folks do in other organizations. Instead, I feel that you really did listen to what it was I was looking for and found that type of environment immediately, which says so much regarding making sure the folks you place are genuinely happy. I have felt since day 1 that you truly care about placing me with the right company. You have my vote, Sir, and know that I hope you will be able to start sending me folks soon, in my new ventures…

T.B.

Klaus,

It's all good and I know that you have been trying.
I do, however, have some good news. After speaking with you, you opened my eyes that I am worthy of a decent career out there. I started to relentlessly pursue opportunities and again market my skills and it worked. I was contacted by a company, went through a series of interviews and they decided to bring me on board yesterday.
I owe this to you - your coaching and rebuilding of my confidence that somebody indeed would benefit from my experiences and appreciate me once again helped greatly.
I want to thank you for all you have done and will keep in contact on how things progress with my new company. I knew that I had it in me to succeed once again, but you believed in me and that helped tremendously!!
Thank you so much,


John

It was a real pleasure working with you and Klaus during my recent search. I found your approach to the process both professional and comprehensive. I really appreciated all the detailed information you gathered regarding both the company and industry. Your diligence and open communication style helped me feel well prepared and confident during the interview cycle and really helped me accurately present my skills and capabilities to the client.
I would highly recommend your firm to both employers seeking the highest caliber candidates, as well as professionals looking to make a career change. I look forward to working with you and your firm in the future. Most sincerely,

Fred (CFO candidate)

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  • Testimonials

    “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 / Distributor

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  • Testimonials

    "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 Company

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    "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 Coast

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    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.

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