Do you love cars and all things automobile-related?
If so, chances are you’ve considered a career in the automotive industry. Perhaps stats about the industry have also encouraged you: whether it’s that automotive assembly and parts manufacturing contributed $16 billion to Canada’s GDP in 2013, the large compensation and benefits packages, or the job security and opportunities for career growth, the automotive industry is appealing to many.
If you’re looking for a way to get into this industry, look no further. We’ve compiled some key tips to help all those looking for automotive jobs. So whether you’re a new employee looking for a way into your dream job, or a trained professional with years of experience under your belt and you want to make a career change, use these tips to help you secure a role in the automobile industry.
No matter your skillset, background, or experience level, here are three tips to help youstart your career in this field.
1. As With Everything, Start with Research
Research is key when making any major career decision. Though you may already know a fair bit about cars or the industry in general, knowing more about automotive jobs in particular is really important.
Though there are myriad ways you can begin this research, there are two key methods that are arguably the most beneficial. The first is online research. This will give you a sense of what’s out there, what to expect from each type of role, and the training and experience needed for various opportunities. You can access and obtain information quickly and cheaply online.
Another important method of research is networking. Whether you’re meeting people who work in the automotive industry already, or talking to people who can put you in contact with someone who works in this field, the benefits of networking are many. Networking may help you land your dream job. If not that, it certainly will teach you about the background and experience of others in the industry, giving you a sense of what you need and what you can hope to learn if you pursue this career. It can also help you distill exactly what you want out of your career.
2. Find out What You’re Passionate About
Working in the automotive industry is great because there are so many ways to combine your passion for cars with your other talents. Whether you’re interested in engineering, design, sales, marketing, manufacturing, or technology, all of these various interests and skill sets are important and valuable.
This means that you and your passions will determine what career you’ll end up having. So once you have a general sense of where you want to go, you can conduct research, network, and narrow it down even further. On the manufacturing side, for example, it would be beneficial to network with machine operators, molders, or assemblers to find out what role is the best for you.
Though they can sometimes be a bit difficult to navigate, remember to stay positive when exploring your interests and passions. For example, for someone who is daunted by the idea of getting manufacturing automotive jobs, it’s good to remember that these roles are often entry level and require little experience to enter.
3. Use a Staffing Agency
Working with a staffing agency that specializes in the automotive industry can be hugely beneficial. These recruiters work with hiring managers in the industry. They’re familiar with the positions and can help you get placed. They can also help you improve your resume, secure and prepare for an interview, and give you a referral to the hiring manager.
Looking for a career in the automotive industry? Contact Liberty Staffing today.