The vice president of Baierl Automotive, Bob Baierl, talks about the state of the car business and offers advice on how to land a job and keep it.
Is it a good time to work in the auto industry?
Absolutely, it’s a great time to work in the car business. Looking back several years, we lived through lower overall sales volume for new and used vehicles. This lower volume in 2009 and 2010 means that there are fewer cars in the system. Combine those numbers with the fact that the average age of a car today is 10.8 years and it allows us to project higher demand for vehicles. We started to see this increased demand with better volume of new and used vehicle sales last year and the trend is continuing through the first quarter. The spring selling season is underway and there has been plenty of activity in our stores.
What kind of person do you think is best suited for a career in the auto industry?
The fun thing about the car business is that with all of the facets of our business, it fits all types of personalities. We need friendly, outgoing people who will engage customers in our sales positions. Methodical and detail-oriented people are needed in our finance and accounting departments. The shops need technically-proficient mechanics to keep cars on the road. Our industry can always find room for a hard working person with the right attitude.
What positions do you currently have available?
Right now, we are actively seeking qualified sales associates and service writers. With the increased flow of activity in our showrooms and on the service drives, we need the right group of people who want to embrace our industry and help make the buying and service experience easy for our customers.
What is the most important thing that a person should do when applying for a job at Baierl Automotive?
The most important thing to remember when applying for a position with our organization, or any company, is to be positive and upbeat. Attitude goes a long way in helping you get a job and succeeding in that role. Once you earn a position, you should take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself. Positive results will yield chances for advancement. You may have to pay a few dues, but the monetary rewards and the excitement of this industry make it worth the effort. There’s plenty of opportunity available.
Do you offer any training opportunities to current employees?
All of the team members within our organization are required to meet the training criteria of the manufacturers that we represent, as well as, complete certain things that are specific to our organization. The well-defined career paths for roles within the store (sales, service, parts, etc.) create a solid foundation for our training paths. When you combine that with an environment where an associate receives regular feedback and skills refinement, the only thing missing is the right attitude and energy level. We train our team members so that they can turn their time with us into a great career.