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My how times have changed. Over the past 24 months I have experienced something that has never occurred before in my 19 years in the business. On four different occasions I have interviewed potential employees, extended a job offer, offer was verbally accepted, a start day was established, we shook hands, and then the person never shows up and is never heard from again. Have any of you had a experience like that? I figure the place where they were at upped the offer and they decided that staying was easier and safer than leaving.
When do you know it's time to hire someone? Who do you hire ? Just a tech to do light work like or a mechanic to do the more profitable jobs? Is it best to 1099 them or what? I looked at my numbers for the month of December 2014 and it was on the 10th of the month this year. My numbers so far this month has doubled for the whole month from last year. I have to Joe for having this site to help use network and help each other. The things I've learned so far is what is making a difference at my shop right now and it's just the beginning for me!! Thanks guys!!
By Joe Marconi
Too many shop owners go into hire-crisis mode when they lose an employee. With no real plan, you ask everyone you know, put ads out, and research online sources. But all too often, you end up hiring the wrong person. Why? Desperation. You need to fill a position with someone.
Hiring is perhaps one of the most important aspects of running a business. You need to hire right, and that means taking your time, interview as many candidates as possible and look for reasons not to hire as much as reasons to hire someone.
You also need a plan before you lose an employee. You need to adopt the strategy of recruiting. Constantly look for the top talent in your area and build your pipeline. Connect with this top talent and create a contact list. Maintain a relationship.
With this strategy, when the time comes when you lose an employee, you will be in a better position to fill that spot with the right person.
First of all i want to thank all who contribute and provide awesome advice and support.
The question that i have is not new and probably bothers all of us.
Q... I am looking for a lead technician / shop foreman. I have tried for a while and seem to not get results. I need some advice from all that have been in the same situation. ( I am in buffalo ny)
i am doing
monster (not consistenty)
indeed (paid per click budget)
craigslist ( renewed weekly, rotating ads)
family friends ( got a mechanic)
parts stores( hand out a reward 3x5 flyer)
I was wondering what employers are looking for when hiring mechanics/techs? I am coming to a point where I need to start looking for a new job. I have been at the same place for 26 years. Ase Master tech, L1, state inspection license and master Emission license. I get paid 50% commission with 10 days paid vacation a year and that is it. No other benefits. I do have a guarantee of 1000 a week before taxes.
The problem is the shop is not run properly kind of backwards diagnostics don't pay much 50 bucks. Which in to days age is very low in my opinion. It seems that in the last several years pay has gone backwards, probably due to a lot of factors the industry being one. I use to be able to put money away in savings but now a days that is not possible.
One of the reasons I am thinking of moving on is I just got a letter from my health insurance that is now going to be over 700 a month and that is even less money I will have. So any advice on what employers are looking for and what most offer now a days will be appreciated. Thanks.