Hiring Auto Technicians

How to Get Students Excited About Fixed Ops Careers

Between record low unemployment rates, Baby Boomers retiring at a rapid pace and fewer young job seekers interested in dealership careers, dealerships across the country are facing challenges with keeping fixed ops departments fully staffed. But with the added challenge of declining new vehicle profit margins, dealerships need ensure they’re fully staffed to turn their …

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Fixed Ops Success Story: AutoNation CEO Started as a Technician

Whether considering a career as an auto technician or any other role, today’s job seekers demand clearly defined career paths and opportunities for continuous growth. And most people both inside and outside the retail automotive industry often make the mistake of thinking technicians have limited long-term career prospects. What today’s job seekers don’t realize is, …

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New Resource: 5 Tools to Attract and Hire Quality Fixed Ops Staff

Dealerships face many challenges when it comes to attracting quality applicants for service technician roles and other positions in the fixed ops department. Factors contributing to these challenges include fewer millennials seeking careers at dealerships, job seekers not understanding the opportunity service technician careers have to offer and Baby Boomer technicians rapidly retiring. To drive …

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The Evolution of the Automotive Service Technician Role

Many job seekers and others both inside and outside the retail automotive industry have the misconception that working as an automotive service technician exclusively means rotating tires, changing oil and other greasy, “wrench turning” tasks. While this might have been true up until a few years ago, it’s no longer the case. Most vehicles today …

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Overcoming the Shortage of Dealership Service Technicians

Most dealerships face challenges when it comes to attracting quality applicants for service technician and other key roles in the service department. Many factors contribute to these challenges, including fewer millennials seeking careers at dealerships, job seekers not understanding the opportunity service technician careers have to offer and Baby Boomer technicians rapidly retiring. By rethinking …

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How to Partner with Technical Schools to Make Fixed-Ops Hires

Fixed ops roles are among the most difficult positions to fill at any dealership. Between fewer young job seekers opting for dealership careers and Baby Boomer auto technicians retiring at a rapid rate, there is a shortage of quality talent on the market. And when your dealership is short a technician, it leaves a service …

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The Renewed Focus on Fixed Ops Hires for Dealerships

Following several years of ever-increasing growth, in 2017, experts predicted new vehicle sales have plateaued, and will likely decline in the coming years. Decreased sales, coupled with diminishing profit margins, mean dealers need to look beyond vehicle sales alone to maintain profitability in today’s competitive retail automotive market. So how can your dealership set itself …

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The True Cost of Service Technician Turnover

Service technicians are among the most challenging auto dealership jobs to fill and retain. Only 5% of today’s job seekers are interested retail automotive careers, and Baby Boomer technicians are retiring at a rapid rate, meaning dealerships are facing difficulties identifying and hiring quality auto technicians. And once technicians are hired, dealerships also struggle to …

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Recruitment Tools for Hiring and Retaining Auto Technicians

Hiring and retaining quality auto technicians is increasingly becoming one of the biggest challenges facing the retail automotive industry today. Between fewer young job seekers opting for careers as auto technicians and Baby Boomer auto technicians starting to retire, there is a shortage of quality talent on the market. But with the right recruitment tools, …

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Are You Tracking Flag Time Correctly?

Has your dealership ever struggled to track flag time for your service workers? From the risk of running an incorrect payroll to unknowingly paying workers below minimum wage to wasting valuable time updating a manual spreadsheet, flag time calculations can lead to countless headaches for dealers. Today, many dealers still track flag time using antiquated …

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