Candidate Testimonials

Candidate Testimonials


I’d like to take a minute and express my gratitude towards Peter Cotton and his company Best Sales Talent. Like many of you who are reading this, we get unsolicited messages from recruiters. And like you, I often read them and quickly discard them. Peter’s approach was different. He provided value. He gave me reasons why I needed to take 15 minutes to speak with him. If you’re considering making an appointment with Peter because he reached out to you, do yourself a favor and call him and never look back. Chances are he has an opportunity for you better than the one you currently have. Peter made the whole process seamless. I never had to question a thing because Peter was always 2 steps ahead. He provided great guidance and advice throughout the phone screens and face to face interviews. He was also able to negotiate a substantial increase in my salary. I can’t thank Peter enough for his dedication and professional relentlessness he showed during my recruitment. I highly recommend Peter Cotton and his company if you’re considering a career change. And if you’re happy where you are, contact him anyway because you never know what tomorrow, next month, or next year will bring.

David S. – Director of Business Development, Pharmaceutical Industry

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My name had been given to Peter with regards to an open position that he was recruiting for.  Within a few minutes during our initial call, I felt like I had known Peter for many years.  As we progressed during this call it became clear that I would be interested in the position and Peter believed I would be a good fit.  During the selection process, Peter always made himself available and was always transparent and forthright regarding the status of the search.  While Peter’s obligation was primarily to the company he was representing, I always felt that Peter did his best to represent me well.  As it turned out, I was offered and accepted the position.  My initial weeks with the company substantiated the claims that Peter represented during the selection process.  I feel I owe Peter a great deal for taking the time to listen and understand who I am and what I could do and recognizing that I could be successful in this new role. I certainly plan on keeping Peter high on my contact list!

Richard L.

Director,  Pharmaceutical Business Development

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I want to express my gratitude towards Peter Cotton for his expertise and due diligence in relation to providing guidance and feedback throughout the entire job placement process. After 22 years at the same company I found myself in need of employment. Peter’s knowledge and open feedback was a differentiator for me throughout the entire job placement process. Peter helped me to hone my interview skills to put me in a better position when it came to the actual interaction with the hiring manager. I truly believe the partnership with Peter positioned me to succeed and ultimately be selected for the General Manager position with one of his client companies. I would highly recommend Peter and his firm, Best Sales Talent.

John R.

General Manager, Office Furniture Dealer

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My first interaction with Peter was when he contacted me in regards to an open sales position he was seeking to fill. Peter was extremely professional and very helpful during the entire interview process from start to finish. I can’t thank Peter enough for his guidance and expert advice in helping me transition into my current position — one that I’ve succeeded in for more than 10 years. I would recommend Peter to any organization looking for a top candidate or any individual looking to take their career to the next level. Thank you again Peter, your efforts were and still are much appreciated.

Marty H.

Sales Representative, Material Testing Equipment Manufacturer

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For various reasons, I decided it was time for a change in my career.  My job search was becoming overwhelming as I continued to come across the same organizations time and time again.  It was crystal clear that these companies were not seeking new candidates to manage growth. Employee reviews revealed that many of these organizations were constantly turning and burning through all their employees.  Confidence in myself and the change I was seeking started to weigh heavily on me.  Maybe now wasn’t a good time to pursue a career change.  Then I met Peter Cotton from Best Sales Talent, LLC.  Peter was familiar with the company where I worked.  He seemed certain that with my experience and skill set, we could find a valued position with a great company.  This is when Peter transformed from a recruiter into a trusted mentor.  Peter has a way about him that is very comfortable and inviting.  He was always just a phone call away if I had any questions.  His insight in the hiring process and resources are second to none. I can’t thank him enough for helping me through this seemingly daunting process.  I’ve been in my current position for 3 months now and I couldn’t be happier.

Peter R.

National Sales Executive, Wheel Chair Accessible Van Converter

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I truly appreciated your assistance in helping me obtain a new career path in the Insurance industry. Your communication skills, coaching abilities, insights about the organization and negotiating skills were superb. I appreciated your timely feedback and guidance in helping me navigate through the interview process. You are a true professional and excellent in your role. I would recommend your services to any client looking to hire the best talent.

Alexander P.

District Manager Insurance Industry

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Though I’ve known Peter only for a brief period of time, he has become an integral part of my family through his sheer intent of helping people and guiding them with his intellect and experience. Most wisdom traditions do propagate the idea of cultivating the quality of one’s own self by restraining the mind and senses to experience the true meaning of one’s purpose and it was exactly how it appeared to me whenever I’ve had conversations with Peter. He would walk me through those incidents and instances where I’ve been unable to look for traces of opportunity and to gather myself with greater energy and confidence. It’s a known fact that Peter is extremely professional but beyond that, I’ve come to realize that I have found a great friend and philosopher in Peter. I wish the very best of what life can offer him.

Pradeep K.

Entrepreneur

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For the short time I have known Peter Cotton he has worked tirelessly on behalf of myself and his employer client to create the best match.  Peter has both parties’ best interests in mind to create opportunities for success.  I encourage any job seekers, or employers, to utilize Best Sales Talent, LLC.   Peter’s experience of knowing what it’s like to “walk in your shoes,” his vast knowledge of his client companies and the hiring process makes the difficult undertaking of changing jobs a seamless transition.  Peter will be a lifelong contact and someone I can confide in for advice and related experiences.  Beyond being part of Peter’s professional network, he has become a friend as well.

Rob F.

Restoration Services Company

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Peter is simply great; he is professional, accessible, and highly informative. Highly experimented, he stays ahead of the game and his tips are priceless. I benefited greatly from his extensive knowledge, and appreciated his diligence and energy. Thanks Peter!

Anne D.

Project Manager with Master’s Degrees in International Marketing, Human Resources & Psychology

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It’s rare that I would get an unsolicited testimonial from a candidate so long after I placed him (35 years later), but always nice to receive.  The comment below (dated January 2015) is from a candidate I placed in 1980, by the name of Jim.  He was not yet in the selling profession.  He owned a marina.  I saw great potential in him, as well as his deep desire to be a successful sales person.  I gave him the chance to interview for a job where the employer required a proven track record in boat sales to dealers. The employer was understandably skeptical of Jim’s abilities before meeting him, but during the interview he, too, saw Jim’s drive, ambition, passion and desire – and the fact that Jim could relate very well to marina owners and boat dealers by understanding their business problems.  So he hired Jim, even though he didn’t have the track record.  Jim became the #1 salesman in the company in his first full year on the job and he held that rank for years.  He went on to have a highly successful 35-year sales career. “Peter, you got me my first job on the road and I am forever indebted to you.”

Jim I.

Sales Professional in the Marine Industry (power boats and sail boats)

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Very rarely do you meet a person like Peter Cotton, who is diligent, organized, and far exceeds expectations. I initially met Peter when he called me regarding a position he was recruiting for. He listened attentively to my feelings about what type of position would interest me. He called me right away with a dream opportunity that I accepted and am very happy with today. His attention to detail was refreshing and impressive. I have spoken to many recruiters in my career, and none have been as helpful as Peter was to find a position that fits my needs, not his. I would highly recommend Peter as a reliable contact to anyone looking for a recruiter that really listens and works hard to find exactly what you’re looking for. He’s also quite personable with a great sense of humor and remains a long-term contact.

Anna B.

Marketing Manager Marketing Communications Firm

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I had the honor of having Peter choose me as a candidate for a position he was hired to recruit for in 2010. I found Peter to be not only an advocate for the company he was recruiting for, but a mentor for the candidates he chose for his employer to consider. Peter seems to have an innate ability to analyze both the needs and abilities of employer and candidates, then select highly capable candidates for interviews I was fortunate enough to be hired for the company Peter was recruiting for. It has been a very positive experience for both me and my employer.

Glen S.

Regional Sales Manager Plastics Manufacturer

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The priceless abilities and connections which Peter Cotton possesses could not be adequately described in just a few words. Very rarely do I meet someone of such intellect and understanding of the various industries comprising our world.  I met Peter shortly after my college years came to an end. I had landed a position, but in an industry far from fulfilling my career aspirations. I was desperately seeking a new career path and was provided with Peter’s contact information by a mutual colleague. Peter immediately assisted me obtaining a new position in an industry that I found to be much more intriguing. In all of my years of working and schooling I have never had such a fast-paced and flawless transition from one part of my life to another. Peter was not only remarkable at assisting me in achieving my career goals, but is also a wonderful individual who was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. As part of his placement services, I participated in a sales training program, which Peter conducted.  It has given me an excellent foundation for my new sales career.  I can sincerely say I am grateful for having met Peter and I am extremely blessed to have been able to learn and work with him in my new position. 

Anna B.

Contamination Control Specialist Contamination Control Products Manufacturer

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I was looking for work, and Peter interviewed me for the position in sales that I currently hold. I was in the process of changing careers, and knew that I had a lot to learn. Peter believed I could become a successful sales person, and encouraged me. He even let me borrow sales training materials that he had used in the past to train his own sales people. This was over and above what I had expected from someone who was placing me in a job. This also made me believe in myself, so I started my job in sales with confidence! I highly recommend Peter Cotton, and am very grateful for his help in furthering my career.

Fran V.

Sales Representative Office Furniture Dealer

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I have known Peter Cotton for more than 30 years and I highly recommend him to any employer seeking the best sales, sales management or marketing talent — or to any top sales or marketing professional seeking a new career. Peter is the most knowledgeable person I know in the recruiting industry. He has been in the industry for nearly four decades. The candidates that Peter places in new positions add value to their employers by bringing them new and increased, profitable business. I utilized his services as a candidate and he helped me obtain a sales position in advertising. Aside from caring about his clients and candidates, Peter has led and directed extensive work with non-profit organizations. A perfect example is the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Rhode Island, which Peter founded and managed as its President and as Acting Executive Director. He accomplished this while running his own recruiting business.

Lynn P.

Independent Insurance Broker

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Out of college, I was unsure how I wanted to begin my career in business and was fortunate to have had Peter recommended to me for advice. Peter quickly arranged an interview with a company that has offered me excellent opportunities since being hired. Despite having limited experience in sales at the time, Peter guided me through the trials and tribulations that come along with being a young salesman in a tough industry. I was also given an opportunity to participate in a sales training program Peter conducted that has proven to be an invaluable experience, and has continued to show dividends over time as I further develop my personal selling skills. Peter’s knowledge, experience, and support have proven to be a major factor in my success so far in my career.

Alex M.

Business Development Manager Contamination Control Products Manufacturer

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I met Peter when I was fresh out of college looking to start my career in business. Thanks to Peter I was introduced to his vast network of invaluable contacts in the fields in which I was interested. Peter’s ongoing coaching and professional advice has helped me advance in my career. I have great appreciation for the efforts of Peter and his organization on my behalf in identifying and pursuing a new and exciting employment opportunity for me back in 2008. His approach has been nothing short of professional and courteous. In business, we sometimes need to make important decisions which are frequently difficult. I have valued Peter as a “sounding board” for my decision process and the research he has done to provide input to those decisions. While I do not anticipate another career change in the near future, I have utilized Peter’s services in the hiring of outstanding sales talent since I became promoted. I would give anyone my strongest recommendation for his recruiting services. Finally, I want to express simple thanks for his unwavering support.

Marcus V.

National Sales Manager Contamination Control Products Manufacturer

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I have known Peter for more than twenty-five years, first meeting him when he was the recruiter working on an assignment for an energy services company; he taught me many practical lessons necessary to win that position, and has been an invaluable career mentor since. I would not hesitate to call on Peter for his expert recruitment knowledge and capabilities, extensive contacts, and forthright and professional approach to creating the ultimate “win-win” when the right executive or manager is placed in the best “job fit” role. Peter takes his responsibilities associated with recruitment very seriously, and is most deserving of the reputation he enjoys with local, national and global companies that rely on his expertise. He is generous with friends, community organizations, and is a loyal and trustworthy professional.

Paul F.

Chief Operating Officer Technology Company

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It has been my pleasure to personally benefit from Peter’s efforts as both a recruit and client. For our small-to-mid-size business, Peter’s ability to search out, recruit, and close top candidates for several of our key positions has saved countless man hours; thus allowing managers to focus on their technical strengths and leaving our human resources requirements to a true professional.

John M.

Inside Sales Manager Traffic Safety Products Manufacturer

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Peter has been in the recruiting business for nearly forty years. I have worked alongside him for that entire period and have found him to be one of the most capable recruiters I have ever known, as ethical as ethical can be, a brilliant person in all matters of business and life, an outstanding civic activist, family man and a quality human being by all standards.

Alan Schonberg

Independent Fund Raising Professional Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Management Recruiters International (MRI)

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Peter is a go-getter at finding the right person for the job he is trying to fill. He isn’t hidebound and looks beyond the box for the right candidate. He is thorough and certainly a capable purveyor of his craft.

David D.

Senior Consultant Materials Testing Company

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Peter is the consummate professional. He has always sought to solve problems, and create positive “win-win” situations. I have found him to be a tireless worker who conducts his business at the highest ethical level. Peter earns my highest recommendation. An experienced proven professional.

Bob C.

Real Estate Sales Former candidate and client

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Just wanted to thank you again for all your help and encouragement these past few months. Your knowledge and experience was of great benefit to me and I sincerely appreciate it.

Dee S.

Sales Representative Consumer Products Manufacturer

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I would like to express my appreciation for the thorough and professional assistance you provided me during my recent job search. My past experiences with different recruiters were very often frustrating and a complete waste of my time. Thankfully, my experience with you was quite the opposite. From the time of our initial comprehensive interview to my eventual acceptance of an outstanding opportunity with an excellent company, you and your staff were delightful to work with.

Tom K.

Product Manager Specialty Textile Manufacturer

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To just say thank you for all your help, would not adequately express my feelings. I am grateful to you for all your time and effort aiding me in obtaining my new career. However, my deepest gratitude to you is for your concern, your consideration, and your genuine belief in me. I deeply appreciate that and your friendship.

Bob W.

Sales Engineer Industrial Valves Manufacturer

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This past year has exceeded all my expectations. I was awarded the Sales Achievement Award, given to the top sales people in each region for the largest sales increase over goal. My wife and I will be attending the awards banquet in Florida next month. My new career has been personally and financially rewarding. I want to thank you very much for placing me with the company. It has proven to be the best move of my career.

Robert B.

Senior Sales Representative Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

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I am writing to thank you for the help you have given me in trying to find a sales position. Although I was successful in my college studies, it is very evident to me that I am not experienced as to how the real world operates and what it takes to get a good job. I can only describe your guidance and patience with me as no less than spectacular. I wish you and your family a happy and fulfilling life, much like the one you have set me on the path to achieve.

Paul D.

Major Account Representative Incentives Company

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Looking back upon the last two weeks of my new employment and remembering all the help you gave me in searching for this new and exciting position. It is time to say thank you very much for all your help and encouragement. This new position is the challenge and career opportunity I was searching for, and it was your guidance that made it all possible. I also want to thank you sincerely for the encouragement you gave to my brother through your phone conversation of last week. Your speaking with him gave him a very good understating of what his options are and it gave him the encouragement he needs at this time. Again, thank you for all you have done for my brother and me. It has been rewarding for me to deal with a professional such as you.

Steve H.

Sales Representative Bank Product Company

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Thank you for helping me obtain my new career. I did not think I would be writing you a letter of this nature just two weeks after meeting you for the first time. I am extremely grateful for the efficient and professional assistance I received.

Bob G.

Senior Sales Engineer Industrial Controls Manufacturer

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Thus far my career is advancing even more rapidly than I had anticipated. And I owe it all to you. The services you provided were both economical in terms of a time investment to obtain my new job, and highly accurate in terms of matching my wants and needs with the right company. I give credit to you for being able to study the needs of a candidate and an employer and making the right match. It must be very gratifying to know that you are taking part in helping people live fuller, happier lives. Good luck to you in all your endeavors.

Robert S.

Sales Manager Industrial Valves Manufacturer

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Just a quick note to show my appreciation for the advice and excellent guidance you gave me in obtaining my new career. I’m particularly grateful in the way you became completely involved in my job search and stayed with me even after I secured my position. To me, this is the mark of a true professional. I will strongly recommend your firm to other sales people and to any company seeking top sales people.

Tom S.

Regional Sales Manager Consumer Products Manufacturer

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I’d like to thank you very much for all of your hard work in helping me secure my new career. The position you helped me obtain is very exciting and I’m very happy with the way everything worked out. I felt you did an excellent job in helping me prepare for the interviews by providing me a wealth of information on the company and the Vice President of Sales. Your professional attitude and approach was most appreciated.

Mark L.

Regional Sales Manager Consumer Goods Wholesaler

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I would like to say that without your help I would not be happily employed today, nor would I hold the position I do. It has been a very successful year for me with the end result of my being awarded the “Top Salesman Award,” for the entire company. I was presented the award at our recent national convention, and I was delighted, to say the least! Had you not done your prospecting and recruiting, I would not have had the opportunity to join this Fortune 500 Company. As you know, I was not actively seeking a new position, but your approach to me, your skill of making a marriage between me and my employer was unparalleled. You found me by doing some real prospecting. I will be eternally thankful to you. What you did has had a tremendously positive effect on me and my family

Jimmy I.

District Sales Manager Major Boat Manufacturer

I want to add my thanks as well for giving Jimmy such a tremendous opportunity to use his background in a sales role in the marine industry. He is truly very happy and satisfied with his career. The future is looking very bright for us, after a long bout of turmoil in his former business. My best regards to you and your family.

Elaine I.

Jimmy’s wife

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I thought it would be appropriate to thank you for all you have done. I must say I was very impressed with how fast you arranged an interview for me. But I was more impressed with the amount of information you gave me on the position, the company and my prospective manager. It certainly helped me be effective during the interview. You can be assured that when I make it to a position of needing to hire sales people, you will be the only person I will call. After all, you show excellent judgment in the quality of candidates you refer to your clients!

Robert E.

Sales Representative Financial Services Company

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It has been three months since I began my new career here. I can enthusiastically state that I have found a “home” here. Your efforts on my behalf are most appreciated. Your incisive analysis of my needs and those of the company have helped me earn a most rewarding career. I thank you for your professional advice and guidance.

Ed S.

Senior Sales Representative Office Machine Manufacturer

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I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the help and encouragement you provided me during my search for new employment. Finding a worthwhile job dung these competitive times can be disillusioning and arduous, so it’s good to know that there are professionals such as you who understand today’s’ marketplace. You were not the only recruiter I interacted with, but you were the only one that seemed to really care about me and who worked with me as a partner in the process. Your professionalism and honesty was most refreshing and you can be assured of future success because of those two attributes.

David G.

Major Accounts Manager Health & Beauty Products Manufacturer

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Thank you for your help and counsel over the past few weeks. I am both anxious and excited to start my new career. The fact that I received such a fabulous offer and opportunity is evidence of your professional service. I have worked with other recruiters in the past. You were the most professional. From our initial meeting to the interview preparation you provided (even the most seasoned sales people could benefit from it) to the ultimate offer you negotiated for me, I felt you really cared about me as a person. For that I am especially thankful.

Patrick C.

Sales Manager Business Products Manufacturer

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I want to thank you for all your assistance in helping me obtain my new position as a sales engineer. I was very pleased with the manner in which you negotiated all of the terms of the offer I received. It is very easy to see that you are a consummate professional at what you do.

Raymond P.

Sales Engineer International Tool Company

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Client Testimonials

Client Testimonials


I’ve known Peter Cotton for the past 25 years and have had the pleasure of working closely with him for the past ten years. He joined the Rhode Island Staffing Association (RISA) when a critical issue surfaced at the state government level that posed a serious threat to our businesses and the recruiting industry in general. Peter joined to help us fight adverse legislation that would have put many people in the Rhode Island recruiting profession out of business. He mounted a strong social media campaign to inform, educate, and rally independent and franchised recruiting businesses alike into action. Peter also spoke on behalf of our industry at the Rhode Island State House during financial committee hearings.  He was masterful at putting the campaign together which ultimately led to our success in defeating the issue.  I was very grateful when Peter decided to join the board and take an active role in the association as our Vice President of Membership. He is a gifted speaker, a talented writer, and he puts together marketing campaigns that are persuasive. Peter increased the RISA membership by 25% in his first year. He’s a rare talent and the type of person who gets things done.  If you want a successful outcome to your recruiting efforts, then Peter is the person you would want working for you.

Bethany G., President

Rhode Island Staffing Services Association

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Our company tackles hard work every day cleaning up after fires, floods, and mold but in reality the hardest part is getting the phone to ring.  We need excellent sales staff who need to build long-term relationships with our referral partners.  We have utilized Peter Cotton twice to assist us in the daunting task of soliciting, vetting, and hiring effective sales representatives, and he has delivered what he promised both times!

Chris S., President/Owner

Restoration Services Company

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I have utilized Peter Cotton and Best Sales Talent to help me build a professional sales force.  Peter not only finds better candidates than I have been able to hire on my own; he also shortens the hiring cycle considerably by interviewing the candidates in advance and only introducing me to the very best matches.   He is very professional and is always available to answer my questions.

David S.,  CEO

Industrial Products Distributor

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Anyone who has hired you for a search, or anyone in general who knows you, understands that you are one of the true experts in the field of sales/sales management, business development and marketing recruitment and highly targeted sales training.

Paul F., COO

Telecommunications Company

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I had the pleasure of working with Peter on a skilled position that we were attempting to fill on our own for some time. Peter took the time to understand the core of who we are as a company and that allowed him to source the candidate that would make for a good marriage with our organization. Peter is thorough, personable, professional, conscientious, experienced, results-oriented and he listens. I appreciated the fact that he called on the candidates first day of employment – just to check in. I would not hesitate to use Peter for my future recruiting needs and I would definitely refer him to my HR colleagues.

Roxanne C, Human Resources Manager

Plastics Manufacturing

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Pursuing a new career in late 2008, I was contacted by numerous recruiters about potential positions. Some were decent.  Others horrible. However, Peter was quite a step above the competition. It was very apparent from the beginning that he was more professional and more personable at the same time.

I have since been happily employed at the company he recruited me to for nearly 5 years. As an extension of Peter’s unprecedented recruitment skills, I have also been fortunate enough to gain a great friend and mentor in the process. As a young professional who has risen through the ranks, Peter has also been there to lend a helping hand, provide an open ear and share his great wisdom as I develop into an effective manager and leader for the future. 

On the recruitment side, Peter is diverse, resourceful, and committed to finding candidates who fit with your organization. In my mind, the toughest part of recruiting is not getting volume through the door, but getting a finite number of “the right candidates,” driving interviewing and review efficiencies. Peter has that special gift. I was able to move extremely quickly and efficiently on a recent hire from the start of a requisition to working with the candidate to agree on our terms, to the signing of a candidate’s contract as a result of Peter’s attention to detail. EVERY hire that we’ve worked on together has been nothing short of a rock star and a valued, high contributing member of our team.

Marcus V., National Sales Manager
Contamination Control Products Manufacturer

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I have known Peter for more than 30 years.  First as a customer, then as a service provider, and ultimately as a friend. He has worked tirelessly to find candidates that will help my business grow.  Peter is also willing to share his knowledge to assist you even if it does not result in business for him.

I look forward to working with Peter in the future.

 

Ed G.

President – Business Furniture Dealership

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We have utilized Peter’s recruitment services for many years for a variety of sales roles. He is diligent in ensuring that he thoroughly understands all aspects of his client organization’s business, and as a result, has provided us on each occasion with an excellent pool of candidates from which to select.

Peter’s grasp of our business is such that we have engaged him to provide training and consultancy services which he delivers with his customary zeal and attention to detail.

Mark D., Managing Director

Contamination Control Products Manufacturer

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Peter’s extensive experience and genuine caring allows him to help a client understand what will benefit them the most, whether they may already know it or not – a real “problem avoider.”

William K., Founder
United Boomers of America

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Peter is the best recruiter I have worked with over the last 20+ years. He is detailed, professional and knowledgeable. One of the things I appreciate most about Peter is the research he invests during a search. While many recruiters simply pull out a file of resumes, Peter tries to match personalities, experiences and outcomes. His ability to analyze and understand our needs has lead to a better process and better outcomes. I have hired three candidates from Peter.

David F., Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Plastics Manufacturer

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I have known Peter for well over 35 years. First as a recruiter who placed people with me, then as a fellow franchisee and business partner, but most importantly as a friend. Peter is a rare talent that invests himself into his client’s businesses as though they were his own. His work product is impeccable, and his willingness to blend responsibility and accountability is like having another member of your team available on demand. He will never let you down if you have a need. He is dedicated, honest, and above all, someone you can always rely upon.

Jim M. Managing Partner

MRINetwork Office

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I retained the services of Peter for the first time in 2005 after interviewing several recruiting companies. We had such great success with that effort that I retained him again to recruit for four more positions. In each case, every candidate that Peter recommended was well screened and capable of fulfilling the position. The result was that we interviewed and hired excellent people.

Robert B.,  General Manager

Traffic Controls Manufacturer

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We were most highly impressed with the service you rendered in terms of hiring Tom. Your approach was thoroughly professional in every possible way and it was a genuine pleasure to deal with you and your firm. We look forward to availing ourselves of your services once again, when the need arises in the future.

William B., President

Specialty Textile Manufacturer

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Enclosed is a copy of the company annual report for our last fiscal year. I thought it would be of interest to you.
I have much appreciated your help over the past few months and for the high caliber of candidates you have placed with us. I hope I can continue to count on it.

Robert M., Director of Sales

Payroll Services Company

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Thank you for the fine job you did in providing us such highly qualified candidates for our opening in New England. I am very pleased with the candidate we ultimately hired through your service. The professionalism you showed to me is certainly the highest I have seen from within your industry.

George L., District Sales Manager

Paper Products Company

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We want to thank you for the very productive meeting we had during your visit to our offices today. After having met with you, we both feel very confident that you will be a source of highly qualified, pre-screened and interested candidates for the sales positions we need to fill here. We feel we have embarked upon a mutually beneficial relationship and we look forward to working with you to fill these critical positions very soon.

John L., Regional Sales Manager

Business Products Company

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Twenty years of field sales and sales management experience has provided numerous opportunities to observe first-hand the inner workings of recruiting services. During last fall, my personal career change, which you helped arrange, provided a different perspective on career placement. Based on these two diverse points of view, I can unequivocally recommend and attest to your professional approach.

Rick P., Director of Sales

Jewelry Manufacturer

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Thank you ever so much for finding us Rick! He is an exceptional salesman and sales manager and we are sure that he will help us achieve our sales objectives in the coming years. Your services were spot on and highly professional. I am very pleased with the result and I am enclosing our check for your placement of Rick with our firm.

Vincent P., President

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Search Methods

Search Methods


At Best Sales Talent, we offer three methods of search and recruitment to our client companies.

Retained Search, Priority Search, and Contingency Search

A brief overview of each method is described below.

RETAINED SEARCH


Our top priority. This plan is for urgent or high-level executive searches that require “full marketplace coverage,” and in sensitive cases, where confidentiality is paramount. We serve as your company’s directed recruiting resource.

To locate the very best talent, regardless of the location of the candidate, an executive search may be appropriate. The highest level of service is provided to clients who select this level of search. We bring all of our resources into play and assign several people to the project, whose only function will be to fill the position opening. We develop a “white paper,” which is an effective means of presenting your opportunity to recruits. We screen, interview, select the best candidates for your consideration, reference check them, and manage the negotiation process to placement.

Our fee is a percentage of the first year’s total, realistic earnings (including salary, bonus, commission, and other cash compensation). Clients are billed for any pre-approved travel expenses related to the search. Clients are invoiced in three installments: the first invoice is submitted when the search is authorized, the second at the beginning of the second month, and the third when the candidate accepts the position.

A client may cancel a search at any time. We will stop working immediately, and our final invoice will include our fee, pro-rated to the date of cancellation, plus any pre-authorized expenses incurred.

If the candidate selected should leave within three months of the date of commencing employment, we will continue the search, charging only expenses.


PRIORITY SEARCH


Priority Search is a hybrid of our Retained Search and Contingency Search methods. The majority of our clients prefer this method. This level of search is for important positions, when you need our attention to get the best possible candidate as quickly as possible. By partially funding the search up-front, we’ll place more focus on the search.

Priority Search is a highly effective way to fill multiple openings or higher level search assignments. Similar to all our search methods, we obtain a high level of information from our client company as to the company, position, and profile of the ideal candidate. With Priority Search, we also can develop a “white paper,” which is an effective means of presenting your opportunity to recruits.

Candidates are usually identified on these special assignments via direct recruiting activities, but at times, also can be found in our existing database or with the assistance of one or more of our associates. We screen, interview, select the best candidates for your consideration, reference check them, and manage the negotiation process to placement.

On Priority Searches, we charge a retainer to begin the search. This is invoiced at the start of the project. The retainer on deposit is deducted from our Priority Search fee, which is computed as a percentage of the candidate’s total realistic first year’s earnings (including salary, bonus, commission, and other cash compensation). We are reimbursed for any pre-approved travel expenses. If the candidate selected should leave within two months of commencing employment, we will continue the search, charging only expenses.


CONTINGENCY SEARCH:


With this level of service, you pay no fee unless and until you hire a candidate we refer. We obtain a complete job description, profile of the type of candidate you require, and develop selling points for your opportunity. Candidates are identified in our extensive database, via our associates, or by direct recruiting efforts. We screen, interview, select the best candidates for your consideration, reference check them, and manage the negotiation process to placement.

Our contingency fee is a percentage of the candidate’s total realistic first year’s compensation (including salary, bonus, commission, and other cash compensation). We submit the invoice when the offer of employment is accepted. Our fee is due the day the new employee reports to work. If the candidate selected should leave within 30 days of commencing employment, and our invoice has been paid, we will continue the search at no additional charge.

All of our search methods can be carried out for one or multiple hires. Ask us about enlisting our network of associates to recruit an entire sales force to your company.


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Candidate Overview

What You Can Expect


We will treat you with respect.
We will listen and get to know you.
We will value your time.
We will earn your trust.

We listen, we consult and we take action.


Our candidates enjoy the unique experience of working with seasoned professionals to assist them in determining their career direction and personal growth opportunities.

Based on your preferences, we will identify and present to you only the positions that accurately reflect your chosen professional path. We will discuss opportunities in detail with you, respect your choices and ask your permission to proceed with client presentations of your background and experience. We will brief you and prepare you for all client meetings. Once the interview process is complete, we will provide you with feedback in a timely manner.

To submit your resume, CLICK HERE. You’ll be taken to another page where you are asked a series of questions that can help us evaluate your candidacy. At the bottom of the list of questions you’ll find a BROWSE button, enabling you to find your resume on your computer and attach it. Your resume, and the answers to the list of questions, will come through as one email to us.

Alternatively, you can reach us by phone at 401- 737-3200 and we’ll be happy to discuss your options with you. All information will be held in the strictest of confidence. Our goal is to assist you in finding that “perfect fit” between your skills and experience and the right career opportunity.


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Why Partner With Us?


Today’s business environment is complex, competitive, and ever changing. Sales is the engine that keeps your business going. Businesses that can consistently recruit the best sales, sales management, and marketing talent not only thrive, but also survive in uncertain times.

Finding the Right Person or the Right Company


Finding the right person or the right company is hard work. Trust the professionals at Best Sales Talent to take the time to do it the right way with a process that has yielded success for more than forty years.

Before you choose a recruiting firm, you should be comfortable with its search and selection process. If your recruiting firm relies exclusively on the Internet or an outdated database, it is probable that you will not be able to secure the best talent available.

We utilize an in-depth and comprehensive process to conduct each search:


Needs analysis and strategic recruiting plan development

Position profile development

In-depth candidate research, screening, and interviewing

Interview planning and qualified candidate presentation

Hiring manager interviewing skills training

Client and candidate interview debriefs

Confidential reference checks

Counteroffer consulting

Offer preparation and closing

Client and new hire follow-up

We Are Selective

To provide you with the highest level of service, we only work with a few select companies at a time. This allows us to become thoroughly familiar with your company, people, product, work environment, and expectations.

We Care

We believe our company is an extension of yours. A candidate’s first impression of your company often comes from us. Because we genuinely care that we match talented candidates with appropriate employers, we take the necessary time to get to know you and your specific needs. We only present a candidate to you after we have carefully screened him or her and determined that there is a good fit.

Expertise

Think about the amount of time it takes for you or your managers to surface, screen, interview, negotiate, and hire the best potential candidate. We are experts at it, with a proven process, and the resources to do it more efficiently. We search, screen, qualify, and present only those candidates who meet the predetermined requirements saving you and your company substantial time and energy.

The Best Person or the Best Person Available?


Are you hiring the best person who applies (actively seeking a change) or the best person available (including passive candidates)?

Actively seeking a change:

  • Resume prepared
  • Unemployed (why?)
  • On the verge of getting terminated (why?)
  • Unhappy (you want to attract unhappy people to your company?)
  • Applying to many job postings (no exclusivity for your company)
  • Working with multiple recruiters (no exclusivity for your company, or the recruiters trying to place them)

Passive candidates:

Much of the top talent is very happy with their current position. They simply are not spending the time looking for a new job – they are dedicating their time to performance.  We can put our skills to use for you in sourcing the right candidate, not the most available candidate! There are no shortcuts. The only way to consistently hire the most talented people is to find all of them and then approach each of them.  We do this by making thousands of phone calls and connecting deep within a network that is painstakingly built.

  • No resume prepared
  • Not looking
  • Not replying to job postings
  • Not networking to find a new job
  • Doing a good job where they are
  • Happy and productive for their present employer
  • Not working with multiple recruiters (exclusivity to your company and to us)
  • Willing to listen to what might be a better opportunity when we contact them

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Many times a hiring manager is left to guess what is motivating a candidate. A candidate is much more likely to tell a recruiter why they would consider making a career move. The recruiter acts as a third party negotiator concentrating on bringing the two parties to a mutually benefiting relationship. Our reputation is built upon our ability to clear red flags, ask tough questions, and mitigate risks to ensure both parties are making a good decision. The best candidates can be recruited by the combined efforts of a recruiter and a successful hiring manager.

A recruiter works all day talking to hundreds of people. They know your competition. They know who is doing the business and who is not. They know what it would take to recruit a key player from your competition, but most of all, they know how to help you keep your key players on your team.

Companies tend to advertise locally, therefore, usually attracting only local talent. Advertising is not inexpensive, and to advertise in multiple locations, it could be as costly as paying a recruiter fee. A recruiter will stay focused on local candidates, or go out as far as necessary to find the best possible candidate.

  • Are you an expert at finding, attracting, and hiring top talent?
  • What does it cost your organization in terms of productivity, reputation, or morale to have key positions vacant?
  • What are the lost opportunities for not filling the vacancy and how much is it costing you every day it remains vacant?
  • How much time and or money will your business save by using a recruiter?
  • What does it truly cost you to self perform this function?

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We welcome the opportunity to give you all the details of our services and to customize a solution to meet your specific needs.

Submit our online request form below or call Best Sales Talent at 401-737-3200

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