In an editorial partnership with powersports recruiting firm Lonski and Associates, Dealernews presents the Job of the Week for May 6-10, 2013.
INDIALANTIC, Fla. - Where did all the qualified service techs go? And how can dealers get them back? That's a struggle for recruiters like Lonski and Associates, which have a number of openings across the country for techs, advisors and service writers at the dealership level.
"Man, are they EVER in need of experienced technicians."
-- Dan Harmon, recruiter
"We are in dire need of technicians, lead technicians, service advisors and service writers," said Lonski. "The industry is back in full swing, and there is a tremendous vacuum for experienced talent.
"It seems that many -- I repeat, many -- technicians, middle-line technical staff, have left the industry for parts unknown. We are at a loss [as to how] to fill the void," Lonski told Dealernews.
The firm has openings for A- and B-level service professionals at "some of the best dealerships in the U.S.," including stores in Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Oklahoma. "These are just a few of the locations looking [to hire]," says Lonski recruiter Dan Harmon.
Hiring dealerships run the gamut of franchises, including those selling BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha, Harmon noted.
"Many provide health and dental benefits, and an experienced, qualified tech can usually write his own deal," Harmon said. "These are... well-managed facilities that can recognize and reward talent."
The jobs available through Lonski and Associates are higher-level posts. "I wish I could say that [we] have openings for all, but the truth is as a recruiter we are only asked to fill A- and B-level positions," Harmon explained. "Dealers feel that they can fill the entry-level positions without our help. But man, are they ever in need of experienced technicians."
Anyone interested should contact Harmon at 770-716-2719 or via email at email@example.com.