THIS WEEK

Trumponomics, Trumplomacy or Trumpocracy, these are all words that have crept into the English language since the US President took office. And the latest manifestation of this phenomenon, apparently over national security concerns, may light the blue touch paper under an all-out trade war. Apparently National Security is one of those things that you can invoke when you want to impose tariffs, though its interpretation is necessarily pretty narrow. Most commentators I have read fail to see the national security implications of car imports, though no doubt some clever lawyers will be spinning the story. However, the US is threatening to impose tariffs on all imported vehicles. While this may please Detroit car workers, it appears that car buyers are not best pleased nor is the majority of the European car industry. Even Toyota, which has 12 manufacturing plants on US soil and you would think would welcome the lack of competition from outside, has complained that this will have a massive detrimental effect on the US car industry, as their big growth markets are outside of the States in South America and China. Still, Mr Trump is his own man and this may not play out exactly the way we reckon.

You may recall that Fiat Chrysler was fined $175 million a couple of years ago over the way it treated safety recalls. Well today it has recalled about 4.8 million vehicles over a cruise control problem that could cause the system to remain permanently on, even when braking. It is claimed that it would be an unlikely sequence of events, however with that number of vehicles on the road “unlikely” becomes “possible”. And possible is enough to get the lawyers twitchy.

It will be nice to get into the weekend so that next week we can see our in-boxes filled with something different to the latest GDPR message. Do not get me wrong, everyone has to treat their data seriously, but in fact they already had to do so under the old data protection act that are over 20 years old. Nevertheless this is been an extremely useful exercise in clearing out all of our inboxes from the marketing messages we get routinely sent – mine will be a lot clearer in the future, I bet you never realised you subscribed to so many different email services.

Have a great weekend. Might I suggest you don’t watch the cricket too closely, unless you’re a Pakistan fan.

THIS WEEK’S JOBS

Here are some jobs from the past ten days. Check these out and see if there is anything tempting. Click on the link to apply immediately through our site. The situation is changing the whole time and if any link refuses to work, it is probably because it has already been filled and removed. Check out all our jobs at on our Jobs Page

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers (1879 – 1935)

The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.
Katharine Whitehorn

Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses.
Margaret Millar

Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.
Albert Camus (1913 – 1960)

One of the most annoying habits recruitment consultants see is after organising a meeting or two between a candidate and a client and then just as we get to the point of negotiation, one or other party goes quiet on this.

Not only does it infuriate us, it makes us look stupid to the other party, who probably think we are not following up and trying to find out what is happening. Let me let you into a little secret. While we earn our money from successfully placing people with our clients, the outcome of a single introduction is not crucial to us. We make our money and our profit from continually trying to put the right people in front of the right clients.

As a result, we will not try to persuade people they are making the biggest mistake of their lives if they turn a job down. We will not try and steer you into a job that is not right for you, nor we will we try and persuade a client that the candidate is the best thing since sliced bread.

So if you phone us up and say no, we are not going to be offended. We might be disappointed, but we will quickly get over it. But what will get up our noses is if you just refuse to answer the phone. Because then you make us look bad and that’s what we cannot stand.

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If you are smart, articulate and well-organised, this has to be one of the easiest industries to find your way into. Bear in mind that this is a retail industry, with unsocial hours and weekends, but other than that it has much to offer.

If you have an interest in cars and are happy to talk to people about them then openings in sales and service reception are probably the best way, especially if you have passed the stage of wanting to learn the technical skills necessary for an apprenticeship.

Despite the prevalence nowadays of online recruitment portals, my suggestion to anybody is to wear out your shoe leather. Prepare a proper CV and then walk from dealer to dealer, seeing if you can talk to the sales the service or general manager about joining their business.

If you are smart, well presented and confident I reckon that if you walk into 10 dealerships somebody will be interested. Selling cars or handling service customers on service reception is a skilled and often stressful job, but if you are well organised, reliable and trustworthy both your customers and your employers will recognise it and you will probably be successful.

It is an easy industry to get into, because it always needs new talent. Good luck.

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THIS WEEK

Is diesel dead yet? Well if you look at the new car market, then it certainly looks on the way out. Sales down nearly 32% so far this year, dealers barely able to shift product off the forecourt. But the used-car market paints a very different picture. This despite a first quarter decline of nearly 5%, which, by the way, is still the third highest Q1 on record. But during that period diesel sales were actually up, albeit a modest 2%, against petrol sales down by nearly 10%.
So what is going on? Well no one can argue that whatever the used results, sales of diesels are down. But on the other hand, used-car customers are perhaps less worried about the environment, more worried about getting a deal. Or perhaps they are more conservative, less swayed by all the hype around diesel and doomsday predictions. Or maybe they don’t buy new because they have limited budgets, and whatever the arguments against diesel, nobody will argue that they are a lot more economical on fuel.
So there you have it. A used-car market that is down, a new car market that is down considerably, but with customers looking for value in the market – used-car sales in the first quarter were over 2m units compared to around 850,000 on new, so about two and half times the size.  Let’s face it, whatever the fashions in the marketplace, unless you’re going to scrap them, then all late low mileage diesel cars are going to be sold, even if their price has to dramatically adjust to make them saleable. The consumer is king, but he or she also has their price. However green your your credentials, if you are going to save a shed load of money then you will always be able to justify why you went down the less obviously green route.
Finally an announcement this week. We have deliberately avoided sending out a separate email regarding GDPR, as I am certain you are fed up with them turning up in your inbox. As you would expect, we have taken some detailed advice on this. As far as I newsletter goes, it has always been an opt in sign up for the newsletter, and we are satisfied that every single one of our readers has opted into this over the years.
But nevertheless, here is an official notification to you, please read it carefully.
New laws will shortly be coming into force concerning companies’ use of customer information.
On the 25th of May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforced across Europe, including the United Kingdom. GDPR is designed to give people more control over their data and to create a uniform set of rules to enforce across the European Union.
We’re have reviewed all of our data policies to make sure that we comply with the regulations.  As part of that review we believe that we have your full permission to keep you up to date by email.
If you disagree, or if you’d prefer that we don’t send this newsletter anymore by email, please click here to unsubscribe now.
We don’t want to lose you, but we take your privacy very seriously.  And above all we don’t want to be a nuisance.
If you would like to know more about how we use and store information, please read our privacy policy.
Have a great weekend, better get that BBQ out.
THIS WEEK’S JOBS

Here are some jobs from the past ten days. Check these out and see if there is anything tempting. Click on the link to apply immediately through our site. The situation is changing the whole time and if any link refuses to work, it is probably because it has already been filled and removed. Check out all our jobs at on our Jobs Page

Latest Jobs
QUOTE OF THE WEEK

If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that is a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life.
Chris Evert (1954 – )
The music at a wedding procession always reminds me of the music of soldiers going into battle.
Heinrich Heine (1797 – 1856)
A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday.
Erma Bombeck (1927 – 1996)
I’m not a real movie star. I’ve still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.
Will Rogers (1879 – 1935)

I am not suggesting you say it with flowers, but many successful interviewees leave their interviewers with a strong impression.  A well-constructed note, even by text or email, leaves something with the other party. It impresses, shows you are professional and above all makes you remembered – most people do not bother.

If you are hopeless at writing such a thing then something along the lines of

“Dear……

Many thanks for your time today and for giving me the opportunity to show what I can do for XYZ Ltd.
 
I really enjoyed our meeting and would love to work with the company.  I believe I can bring the professionalism and focus you need for the role.

I hope I will be successful and look forward to hearing about the next stage in the process.  I would welcome the chance to meet with you again.”

Don’t use the exact words above – adapt it for your needs (besides we have other candidates, it might just look a bit obvious).

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In any interview or conversation only a bore will just talk about themselves.

Treat the conversation as a two-way affair; find out as much about the company as they are trying to find out from you.

The conversation is likely to be more lively, more interesting and, if you are asking sensible, pertinent questions, more flattering to them. Everybody likes people who are interested in their business.

You should also make sure you have some questions to ask at the end, because you will always be invited to.

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THIS WEEK

Do you remember that Sweden used to have a car manufacturing company or two? You will most certainly remember Volvo, partly because it is still very much alive and well and performing, particularly in China. And that is largely because of its owners, the Geely Corporation. A large Chinese conglomerate, there are rumours that it may soon be returning some of Volvo’s ownership into private hands, possibly even in Sweden.  There’s news today of a potential IPO (initial public offering) that may take place in Hong Kong or be split between Sweden and Hong Kong.
Follow me so far? Essentially Geely will retain control over the company, but sell sahres in it back to the market. And this looks like quite good business as they bought it a few years ago for $1.8 bn and experts are predicting that they could raise between $15-30 bn in the exercise. Alongside this the company are investing heavily in new technology. That is not unlike any other major car manufacturer, but you will remember that Volvo were the first to say that they would go all electric, or rather more correctly they would offer electric across their range, by the end of this decade.
Geely is quite big, and in fact is now also the largest shareholder in Daimler. They are rumoured to hold over 10% in the company. And Daimler were in the news for different reasons this week, as they ploughed some funds into Softbank’s new high-tech vehicle, the Vision Fund. No small venture it is also backed by Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi and itself is worth $100 bn. There are plenty of others ploughing money in alongside them, not least Larry Ellison of Oracle and America’s Cup fame. This goes alongside Daimler’s wide investments outside of its core business, it previously acquired MyTaxi, a car hailing service that is enormously successful in Europe, Chauffeur Privé in France, which is a French Uber and car2go which is a car sharing company. Like many car manufacturers, they can see that the first future of automotive is probably outside of manufacturing.
I mentioned  a few weeks ago that Daimler and BMW were teaming up to share things like ride hailing apps between themselves to gain some economies of scale. But I guess you wouldn’t want BMW’s situation in the UK at the moment, like so many their sales this year have slumped and they announced earlier this week the recall of over 300,000 vehicles. Not that the recall has silenced their detractors, who point out that many other countries acted on a stalling problem a long time ago, and they say that it has taken a high profile public campaign following the death of an ex-Gurkha in a BMW to initiate that this recall. Still, as ever, aftersales managers will be happy with the extra business.
Have a great weekend. Will it be ‘Nul Points’ or not for the UK at Eurovision??….
THIS WEEK’S JOBS

Here are some jobs from the past ten days. Check these out and see if there is anything tempting. Click on the link to apply immediately through our site. The situation is changing the whole time and if any link refuses to work, it is probably because it has already been filled and removed. Check out all our jobs at on our Jobs Page

Latest Jobs
QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Silence is more musical than any song.
Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894)
We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and you must win.
Edward Gibbon (1737 – 1794)
I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.
Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977)
Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose.
Anonymous

Frankly, if anybody is going to ask you such a clichéd question, they should expect a clichéd answer.

Hopefully most interviewers will not ask such a question nowadays, but if they do then understand what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to see if your guard is down, they are trying to catch you unawares and to get you to trip yourself up. Unfortunately, this only really works with people who’ve never been asked the question before. Because once you have, you will hopefully answer it properly.

The best clichéd answers relate back to your strengths.

“People/my partner, my colleagues tell me that I work too hard”
“People tell me I take my responsibilities to seriously”
“I take it personally if we do not achieve what we have set out to do”

This is never a question that I have used, but I have heard some pretty horrendous answers from interviewers and interviewees:

“My boss is an idiot and I lose my temper with him whenever we are in the same room” is not a great answer. Neither is “the Horses” or “Fast Cars”.

This question is bound to be asked at some stage. Prepare an answer now so you are ready. Then take some time to answer so that it does not look prepared, but make sure you answer it in a positive light.

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There is no point in aiming for the very top if you consider family, sport, holidays, travel or recreation more important than your career. If you are not prepared to make considerable sacrifices and compromises with your home life, you will not get there.

Likewise, if money is your driving factor, many managers earn considerably less than their most successful profit generators. Indeed some of the best sales executives are almost by definition poor managers.

Your priorities in life are the most important. The happiest people on our register are those who balance the right level of commitment, the right level of earnings and of fulfilment. The most unhappy are those who are over promoted, or who consistently underachieve.

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THIS WEEK

First of all, an important announcement. In preparation for GDPR, changes in regulations, Brexit and a whole load of other things, we have decided to update our web technology. So a brand-new mtselect.co.uk is born. We hope you like the new look, the simple functionality and ease-of-use. It will carry no less information than before, its systems are much more integrated with our candidate database and we will spend much less time processing data, giving us more time to actually read it. And to give you a better service.
There is a fascinating article about Tesla in the Times this week. Sorry if many of you do not subscribe to it, but their US business editor, James Dean, has written an in-depth analysis of Tesla’s problems, and also how it will almost certainly survive as an iconic brand, even if its cash flow problems catch up with it in the coming years. Some analysts are predicting a pretty tough time for Elon Musk’s ill-fated, target missing but visionary brand. A name synonymous with electric vehicles, it is an iconic name that will surely not disappear. They hark back to the time in 1928 when Bentley created what they call one of the greatest cars of all time – the Speed Six. The best car of its era, it won Le Mans twice in a row, but within three years Bentley was bust. Yet the brand has never died, and today is flourishing under German ownership. It cannot see the Tesla name disappearing whatever happens to its market.
Talking of markets, after 12 successive months of falling, or should I say plummeting, sales finally a month when sales have risen. It is worth pointing out, however, that it has risen above what was a very low base last year, brought about by a change in taxes that meant everybody scrambled to purchase by March 31. If you compare this month’s figures to the same April two years ago we are down by about 11%. Still, after a pretty dire year, any news of rising registrations is good news. Even though it might feel a bit like a UKIP candidate who has just retained their council seat, forgetting the background of nearly a hundred others who have lost theirs. Let us hope that the May market continues the upward trend.
Have a great weekend, and don’t forget that it extends to Monday.
THIS WEEK’S JOBS

Here are some jobs from the past ten days. Check these out and see if there is anything tempting. Click on the link to apply immediately through our site. The situation is changing the whole time and if any link refuses to work, it is probably because it has already been filled and removed. Check out all our jobs at on our Jobs Page

Latest Jobs
QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Computer dating is fine, if you’re a computer.
Rita Mae Brown
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963), “Proper Studies”, 1927
Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this-that you are dreadfully like other people.
James Russell Lowell (1819 – 1891)
In the end, everything is a gag.
Charlie Chaplin (1889 – 1977)