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You Want To Get On - Smarten Yourself Up!
Posted by: Guy on 04/05/2011 14:03:00
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We know these are tough and challenging times, but I can't help feeling that some of you are not doing yourself justice. So it is a bit of a rant this month, I am afraid.

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Putting The Customer Second
Posted by: Guy on 04/05/2011 13:51:32
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There is a book doing the rounds that was published ages ago, but that people only now seem to be taking seriously. Anyone who is serious about customer care in motor manufacturers or dealer groups should read this book and challenge their own ideas.

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Let's Learn Luton's Lessons
Posted by: Guy on 04/05/2011 13:05:08
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We are all at a real crossroads, being buffeted by forces out of our control that will change the way our country operates and change many of our own ways of life beyond recognition. And looking at the news today, the town of Luton might just be the embodiment of the challenges we all face.

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Agencies Will Disappear
Posted by: Guy on 04/05/2011 12:44:47
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A couple of great articles that I enjoyed this month. One was by James Kaan of Dragon's Den fame (he made his money in recruitment remember) and another was in a supplement produced by the CIPD called "Turning the Tide". They both started off with the same premise - the way most agencies behave means they will disappear in a relatively short space of time. I have to agree, and wouldn't the world be a better place?

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What Lies Beneath
Posted by: Guy on 04/05/2011 12:32:41
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A couple of cases across our desks in the last two weeks have reminded us of a problem that always seems to be more acute in a downturn – candidates whose CVs do not quite stand up to scrutiny.

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Seven Golden Rules For 2011
Posted by: Guy on 03/05/2011 16:46:22
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Everyone agrees 2011 could be a tough year. We all know that there will be challenges and many of you could find it a tough year to advance your career, or to enhance your reputation.

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Preparing To Fail Or Vice Versa?
Posted by: Guy on 03/05/2011 16:39:49
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"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail". Never was a truer word spoken, especially with regards to interviews.

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Where Did You Get That Tick?
Posted by: Guy on 03/05/2011 15:56:03
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I was prompted to write this article after reading the report last month on the Mid-Staffordshire Hospital Trust. I was appalled at the stories of routine patient neglect and humiliation. The Trust seemed to ignore its day job to focus on cutting costs and hitting government targets.

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Getting That CV Ready
Posted by: Guy on 03/05/2011 15:26:15
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I write about CVs whenever I think applications are going to pick up, when times are going to get tougher. It driven by purely selfish motives – make the recruiter’s life easier, please.

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Apprentices - We Need You
Posted by: Guy on 03/05/2011 15:06:11
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I think that we have let a whole generation down at a time when most in our industry are crying out for real talent .

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Investing In Your Own Future
Posted by: Guy on 03/05/2011 14:53:11
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You’ll understand that I interview a lot of people. A fair number are just interested in a little bit more money, or just getting back into work, but lots want to better themselves – they want a career not just a job.



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Look Around You And Shout Loudly
Posted by: Guy on 03/05/2011 14:44:14
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With UK vehicle sales down nearly a third year on year, and by considerably more from a peak of 2.4m units just a couple of years ago, then you know that belts will be severely tightened.



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It pays to bid a fond farewell
Posted by: Guy on 21/11/2008 17:10:33
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Let's face it, the economy is in a fix. The AM website says that over 90% of you are considering redundancies in the coming year. I bet a number will use outplacement to soften the blow - in our opinion it is a very wise investment.

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What happens now?
Posted by: Guy on 21/11/2008 16:12:57
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Well if the motor industry thought September was uninspiring, October does not look great either.

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REDUNDANCY - It Happens To The Nicest People
Posted by: Guy on 21/11/2008 15:14:52
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The economic landscape does not look too clever today, it seems like there is a downturn coming, though whether it is mild or severe only time will tell.

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Your Most Important Document
Posted by: Guy on 19/09/2008 14:00:54
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It is getting to the silly season for applications – with growing uncertainty in the air, some days we receive hundreds of CVs. Two weeks into September I need to write this article, and 70% of you need to read it!

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REDUNDANCY – getting yourself back to the market.
Posted by: Guy on 04/07/2008 20:47:41
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Last month I brought up the dreaded spectre of redundancy. Since there have rumours surrounding a number of groups, Pendragon has come out and told us about 500 job cuts, and a number of others are said to be considering cut backs.

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Redundancy - don't be scared of it
Posted by: Guy on 03/10/2003 17:26:55
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I first wrote an article on this subject in 1991, at a time when the economy was at its worst for many years.



Although times have changed, and no one would pretend that our industry was in that sort of lull, Rover, amongst others, has raised the prospect of lay-offs. There continues to be an awful lot of restructuring taking place, not least because of Block Exemption.

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A Job Is For Life, Not Just The Festive Season
Posted by: Guy on 01/08/2003 16:46:29
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I have talked before about the need to carefully vet candidates. It is about certainty. About knowing that the person in front of you is who they say they are and has done what they say they have done. To my mind honesty and integrity are at the core of all well-run businesses, and if you can't trust someone before they've even started work, what chance have you got when they are an employee.




But this duty of care doesn't just rest on employers’ shoulders. As some of you have reminded me when I have published articles regarding candidate checking.

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Preparing a CV for the electronic age
Posted by: Guy on 18/07/2003 16:54:15
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Over 8m people in the UK have searched for a job online in the last six months (nearly 40% of those who use the internet). Apparently 500,000 of them had obtained a job at least partially down to the Web. So it does work, even if less than 8% have been successful.

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Are you resigned to a happy new year?
Posted by: Guy on 09/12/2002 17:17:34
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Did you watch ITV’s new programme on Holiday Reps last Thursday (10th Jan)? I must confess it’s not my ideal watching, but a part of it really caught my eye.



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ECVs - Welcome To A Whole New World.
Posted by: Guy on 15/02/2002 16:33:45
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January 2002



Over 7m people in the UK have searched for a job online in the last six months (nearly 40% of those who use the internet). Apparently 500,000 of them had obtained a job at least partially down to the Web. So it does work, even if less than 8% have been successful.

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How to stay safe out there
Posted by: Guy on 03/05/1999 12:01:51
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Automotive Management 05/03/99




During merger-mania, with Groups growing, territories reorganising and manufacturers restructuring, it can be quite a stressful time for an employee.

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Why stability is the secret long-term career success?
Posted by: Guy on 06/05/1996 11:58:46
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Automotive Management 06/05/96



0ne of the frustrations of our job is seeing candidates - especially those at the start of their careers - making clear mistakes.

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Why grooming is the key to success
Posted by: Guy on 11/03/1996 14:04:01
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Automotive Management 11/03/96



A plea from the heart to all candidates out there to dress appropriately for interviews, especially those for management or sales positions.

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Show them you're a winner!
Posted by: Guy on 24/05/1990 13:49:35
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(24th May 1990)



The British love the underdog and do not like a winner. They especially loathe a winner who talks about his achievements.

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Preparing a Professional CV
Posted by: Guy on 28/05/1999 12:08:43
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Updated 26/09/2006




I originally wrote an article about CVs for one of the first editions of Automotive Management (11/8/1990). Despite massive changes in technology, the principles and the problems remain the same today as they ever did. And so does the proportion of badly prepared documents. When applying for any job, a good CV will always be needed to get you through the door, even if it is in digital form.



For more information on preparing a CV in electronic format you need to read this article
E-CVs, welcome to a whole new world



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Do not sell yourself short - but do clean your teeth
Posted by: Guy on 09/07/1999 12:04:12
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Automotive Management 09/07/99



In this computer age, in these days of psychometric testing and assessment centres, it is tempting to think that recruitment is so precise that it can all be done on paper. Business continues to be all about people, however, and their relationships with each other. The interview remains common to all recruitment processes. It is still the best way to decide, to put it bluntly, whether two people like each other.

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How do I plan my career?
Posted by: Guy on 22/01/1999 11:57:33
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Automotive Management 22/01/99



Planning a career at present must seem a bit like property speculation in an earthquake, or picking the right pension fund for your retirement. The whole structure of the industry is crumbling around us, and you are expected to plan your future.

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Interviewing
Posted by: Guy on 18/08/2000 11:49:36
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Automotive Management 18/08/00



In these days of high technology, of psychometric tests and assessment centres, of sophisticated websites and video technology, it is tempting to think that recruitment is so scientific, so precise that it can all be done at third hand or on paper.

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Beware of the Bull
Posted by: Guy on 23/09/1996 11:32:09
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Automotive Management 23/09/96



"I thought it would be easier to look for a new job with time on my hands, so I resigned"



"We had a major policy disagreement, so I resigned"



"I am not prepared to discuss the reasons for leaving as I am not prepared to betray my old employer's confidentiality"



"They discovered that I was looking for another job and sacked me"





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The 21st Century, Jim, but not as we know it.
Posted by: Guy on 19/12/1998 12:09:46
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Automotive Management 19/12/98



We are not only approaching the festive season, but the last New Year of both this century and this millennium.

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A Job Is For Life, Not Just The Festive Season
Posted by: Guy on 19/11/2002 11:14:46
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Automotive Management 22 November 2002







I have talked before about the need to carefully vet candidates. It is about certainty. About knowing that the person in front of you is who they say they are and has done what they say they have done. To my mind honesty and integrity are at the core of all well-run businesses, and if you can't trust someone before they've even started work, what chance have you got when they are an employee.

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