12/31/2019 - sbrown

Creating an Automotive Job Description

Writing a job description is a crucial step in the hiring process to attract the right applicant for the position. Good job descriptions are essential for your company and play a key role in ensuring that you recruit the right talent. Thinking (like many companies that I know of) that spending time on creating a solid job description is not really a sensible investment of time, you are missing out on a great recruitment opportunity.

Recruiting good automotive talent today can be a real challenge as the market for talent is extremely competitive for high demand positions (such as Automotive Technicians). Here are few tips which will help you create high impact job descriptions and give your recruitment efforts a boost.

1. Subject lines are Crucial for Job Descriptions

Subject lines for job descriptions are as important as subject lines for marketing mailers. Job description subject lines can be corporate and some can be casual, depending on the need.

A career automotive technician job description with a subject line, “Do you think of managing your own service team?” is sure to attract the talented cream of the crop technicians. There are some who equate this approach to the culture of an organization as a creative place where they can prune their skills well while moving their career and train other technicians.

2. The company description should reflect the company culture

By revealing company culture through the descriptions that you write, chances are that you will get people who fit into that culture. Five qualified resumes are better than a horde of irrelevant resumes. We all say, “Quality over Quantity”.

For many of the automotive job seekers, the culture of a company is as important as the pay and position that they are offered. The environment should be comfortable for them along with the people who are working there. A team committed to building fantastic results would be appealing to talented automotive technician job seekers rather than a fat paycheck in uncomfortable and uncompetitive work environment.

Here are some of the questions that you need to answer in your job description:

Is the company aggressive in meeting its goals or works in a slower, laid-back pace?
Is it casual-atmosphere company or more corporate?
Is the team huge? Is the Service Department Manager easy to Approach? What is the contribution of each member on the team? (Manager-Service Drive-Shop Foreman-Technician)
Is there a unique service department process?

3. Be Realistic About Job Requirements

It is necessary to state the job position requirements in a simple, clear and precise manner. The applicant should be able scan through the job description and assess whether he or she is qualified for the position. The number of qualifications should not be too many or too diverse either.

4. Be Realistic About the Experience Required

Any job position should have clear expectations related to the skill level of the job prospect. For example, an experienced Auto Technician who is expected to produce 120% Productivity should at least have more than five years of experience. Advertising for wrong experience levels can prove to be problematic for those applying for the positions.

5. Job descriptions are required to build teams, not robots

There is no perfect job candidate literally. There is no perfect cookie-cutter job description either. It is a team with different skills of each and every team member which contributes to the service department business success. People bring a plethora of skill sets to the table and a company can benefit from diverse skill sets in its setup. A job description should focus on skill sets unique to every job position since combined skill sets can create a perfect team.

Steve Brown
AUTOjobs.com, Inc.
“The Bulletin Board for Automotive Employment” – 25 years