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Using a consultative approach, our team of accomplished recruiters provide clients with powerful hiring tools and exceptional talent to meet and exceed their business goals.  Since its inception in 1996, Continental Search has helped nearly companies over 500 professionals.   Our firm has two divisions of expertise: Animal Health and Nutrition, and Agriculture Technology and Manufacturing.

  • More than 80% of the candidate profiles we deliver result in an interview and our rate of hire is 1 in 3.
  • Our average client partnership lasts more than seven years.
  • Our recruiting team has 65 years of collective experience.
  • We offer clients a full range of services to meet their unique needs including engaged, retained, and contingent search, as well as cultural fit consulting services.

In January, 2019 became one of only eight NAPS Accredited Firms (NAF) in the USA.  This program provides candidates, clients, and the general public that a firm is committed to the highest professional and business standards set by the industry, including the following:

Commitment to Certification
Commitment to Education
Commitment to the Profession
Commitment to the Free Enterprise System
Commitment to Community Service

In a day when the consuming public is becoming increasingly conscious of the importance of professional, ethical and business standards, NAPS is proud to be a pioneer in setting the bar high for the search and staffing industry.

Four of the six recruiters on the Continental Search team hold the Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) credential that is offered by the National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS). Candidates for CPC certification must demonstrate a broad knowledge of employment laws and the legal implications on the work of direct-hire and temporary staffing professionals. The CPC is perhaps the most comprehensive recruiting and staffing industry certification. Through the process of certification, candidates for certification confirm their fundamental understanding of the laws which govern the employment relationship in the United States.  Those who possess the CPC credential must meet continuing education requirements of earning 17 continuing education hours annually.

Continental Search is proud of its commitment to training and certification.  Andy Chatterjee and Maria Codilla are presently studying for certification in early 2019.  For more information visit www.naps360.org.


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I enjoy working with Dan on our recruiting efforts! He takes time to learn the company needs, talk with the key managers involved in hiring and then aims to find candidates that meet the current needs. We have successfully hired over 5 candidates through Dan in the past few years.

Peg Finnegan, Ridley, Inc.

Dan Simmons is a most professional business partner to work with. I/we have used the services of his agency many times. He has always been fair and helpful; easy to work with and communicate with; ethical and honest in his dealings; will address issues and concerns, and a person I would highly recommend anyone to work with and through.

Additionally, Dan is hardworking and thorough, willing to go the ‘extra mile’ for anyone who works with him.

I highly recommend Dan Simmons for your consideration.

Wayne Cooke, Renaissance Nutrition

I have used Dan for many recruiting assignments. He has always been excellent to work with and very professional in his approach to recruiting candidates. He takes time to make sure he understands the needs in the position that you have to fill and presents only candidates that truly are a good fit. I highly recommend him.

Jerry Flakne, Kent Feeds/Blue Seal Feeds

Dan, Understands the industry and our business, he works to create the right opportunities for candidates as well for us. Dan has a high level of integrity and is a pleasure to work with.

Mike Tetreault SPHR, GM-Sr. VP, Poulin Grain Inc.

Dan is well connected into the Animal Nutrition industry and has provided quality candidates on a consistent basis.

Eddie Wells, President , Milk Specialties Global

As a sales manager for a feed company, I have used Dan numerous times to identify qualified candidates. I have always found Dan to be honest about each potential hire and believed he had the best interest of the company in mind. If a candidate was not a fit, Dan would work hard to find the right candidate. I have used Dan as a resource to discuss employees and compensation. ?Best of all I have always enjoyed working with Dan, he is a great guy.

Larry Whitaker, National Sales Manager , Papillon Agricultural Company

Dan is the first person I think of when I need staffing. He is on the ball, professional and gets us qualified, competent applicants.

William Robinson, President , Kreamer Feed Inc

Dan has helped me find many successful candidates who I have hired in sales, technical and managerial positions. Dan works hard to fully understand the company’s culture, needs and business plan while thoroughly vetting candidates to insure that I only see the best. He is very collaborative in his approach and unvarnished in his assessment of the candidates. I continue to use Dan on a regular basis; respecting his insight and judgement.

Randy Schwalke , Owner of Feed Marketing LLC & Senior Consultant at AgriCapital Corporation

Dan listens well and worked hard to fill my needs as well as the needs of the candidate. He stays updated on the industry and offered a broad range of candidates with different goals and expectations. His follow-up was very good, and he is punctual. I continue to use Dan and would highly recommend him.

Jody Sullivan, PAS, Director of Sales, Global Animal Products

Dan knows the agricultural industry well and has good contacts within companies. The candidates he has provided are well vetted. The candidate I hired has performed to the level expected, partially based on Dan’s initial assessment.

Kevin Murphy, Global Technical Director, Virtus Nutrition

He will listen to your needs and will produce an opportunity with great efficiency. Dan will coach you through to process and you will feel his passion to help you.

Todd Owens, Director of Nutrition & Technical Services , ILC Resources

I’ve worked with Dan both while seeking a position and while hiring. As a job-seeker, I found Dan did a great job shepherding me through the hiring process, providing excellent communication on where things were at and where they were heading. When looking for candidates (I hired several of Dan’s clients), Dan was able to find people that not only had the technical skills required, but also had the right personalities to fit our company’s culture. He recognizes a good fit for both the employee and employer.

David Kirk, Dairy Technology Manager , Prince Agri Products

Dan has helped me with acquiring personnel. My last work with Dan involved the ultimate hiring of my current Project Engineer. That was a great experience and the candidate is still with us and doing a fantastic job.
Look forward to working with Dan again.

William Monroe, Manager Feed Mill Operations , Southern States Cooperative

Dan has produced excellent results for our company. He has brought to us excellent talent and seems to know where and how to find great folks. I highly recommend Dan.

Mike Horn, President and CEO (Retired), Pennfield

After working with many recruiters over my career, I can confidently state that Dan and his team are the best in my experience. Dan has become like a ex-officio member of our organization making sure in advance that candidates are the right fit culturally as well as having the right skill sets. You will be pleased if you try Dan for your recruiting.

Carl Dern, Director of Animal Feed Sales, Dasco, Inc.

Dan is a professional recruiter with a heart that understands people and their individual needs. He looks at each person for who they are and has a wonderful ability to find the position and company that best fits the person he is working with. I consider Dan both a friend and a business partner and have had the privilege of being able to pick up the phone and talk with him as needed.

Alden Bowman, Dairy Specialist , Hubbard Feeds

Dan is great to work with. He found a job for me that was an excellent fit and he did it about 8 years after our initial conversation. I was impressed with the details that he remembered about me, and what I desired in my career.

Rod Riewer, Technical Services Director , Feedworks, USA

Dan was a great help in gaining my current employment. His advice was spot on and greatly appreciated. He was definitely in my corner.

Philip Wood, Product Manager , DeLaval for Liners & Tubes Global Regions North & South America and East Asia

Dan was great to work with and so helpful and supportive! He found me a job that I love!

Christa Rice, Dairy Nutrition/Calf Specialist , White Oak Mills

Dan did a super job. He stands out head and shoulders above his peers in performance and professionalism.

John McFadden , Pharmaceuticals Professional

I have worked with Dan on two different occasions to find a job, once when first out of school and again when the first company closed down 3 years later. I cannot stress enough the value that Dan brought to me as a job seeker. He took the time to get to know me well enough to make recommendations about companies that would be a good fit for me and he was right both times. He is a man of integrity and extremely dependable. When Dan says he is going to do something it is done when and how he says it will be done. His level of professionalism is unparalleled. I would not hesitate to work with Dan again if the situation calls for it and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone in need of help finding work in agribusiness.

Tim Doherty, Dairy Specialist , Ridley Inc. Hubbard Feeds

I am pleased to recommend Dan as a wonderful recruiter, amazing professional and an all-round good guy! I worked with Dan in my job search, and discovered that Dan is a no-nonsense, straight-talking, hard-working recruiter with excellent industry knowledge and a strong will to help his clients. He was responsible for helping me obtain a great position at Cumberland Valley Analytical Services, where I am challenged, encouraged to be creative, and suitably rewarded. Dan thinks outside the box; and helps his clients on either side of the recruitment table find a perfect match.

Gaurav Dogra, Research Associate III Testing R&D

Dan is not only very skilled at knowing how the animal industry operates, but also which available positions would fit the right person. His honesty and reliability make him the first person I guide people toward when looking for a career.

Greg Hibbard, Research Supervisor , AFB International

My dealings with Dan have been very satisfactory. I found him to be extremely professional, punctual, and thorough in his role as a recruiter. While that may not sound unique those are rare qualities in his profession which is one reason he stands out. I also believe Dan develops respect on both sides of the recruiting equation, with the company and the candidate. I would highly recommend him and his services.

Bruce Hageman, General Manager , iNOVOTEC Animal Care


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