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#133 of 162 Re: New Car Sales [kyfdx]
May 17, 2009 (8:07 am)
Be careful what you wish for...it happens!!!!
#134 of 162 Re: New Car Sales [circlew]
May 17, 2009 (11:09 am)
Be careful what you wish for
Does wishing have any influence on the outcome?
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#135 of 162 Re: New Car Sales [marcusd21]
Jun 02, 2009 (12:06 pm)
I was sitting in the class with you marcusd21. I myself am still without a job. They certainly did a good job with their sales pitch to take our money and run.
I recently filed a complaint against TK Worldwide on ripoffreport.com
I think I should file a report against Toyota of Grand Rapids as they were involved with this scam.
A week after going through the training course, I did get contacted by TK, and they sent me to three dealerships in the area, but only one of them was actually hiring. None of the dealers I went to had even heard of TK Worldwide, and two of them were asking me what source told me they had an opening. It looks like they sent me to apply for work at dealerships that weren't even hiring.
If you checked job postings on Monster back in March/April, the exact same ad was posted again by Toyota of Grand Rapids. That right there is proof that this is a scam when Toyota wound up hosting another training session just months after I completed it.
I looks like I lost $294 that I can't get back. At least we can warn others not to fall for this scam.
#136 of 162 Re: New Car Sales [s275ironman]
Jun 02, 2009 (12:26 pm)
Here's how you get hired in auto sales:
First gather up a list of dealerships in your area you'd like to work at. Make it a long list (at least 5 to 10 or more) as that will increase your chances of getting hired
Print out resumes and a cover letter for each one. Put each cover letter/resume combo in one envelope of each dealership.
Dress up in a nice shirt, tie, slacks, or suit, and go in person to drop them off, whether they're hiring or not. Go on a weekday morning, preferably tuesday to thrusday, around 10am or so, as during Monday mornings the managers are busy wrapping up weekend deals, and Fridays they're busy preparing for the weekend.
Do not go at month end like the 30th or 31st, and do not go on the 1st of the month as sometimes month end extends into the 1st. Do not go on the weekends either because chances are you won't get to talk to a Sales Manager as they will be too busy.
When you walk in, go up to the receptionist and say you'd like to speak with the Sales Manager. Do not just drop off your resume at reception. We've seen way too many people come in and drop off a one page resume, not even stating what position they were applying for. Guess where these resumes will end up? Nobody has time to call and follow up to investigate why you dropped off a resume. That's your job to do with a cover letter, and a quick chat with a dept manager.
So if the receptionist asks why you'd like to speak with the manager, say you're here for a sales job. Chances are a manager will come out meet you, at which point you'd introduce yourself, hand him the envelope with your resume and cover letter, and say that you're looking for a sales job, and you're available immediately, and that you'd like him to review your resume and call you if there's an opening.
If the manager says there's no openings, ask him to keep the resume on file and to call you when there is one. Alternatively ask him if you can follow up with him in a few days or a week to see if he has any questions. Also take his business card.
By wanting to follow up with the manager will score you bonus points, because sales has a lot to do with following up with sold and unsold customers. By having this in you will make you stand out from other applicants and will show to the manager within a 30 second time frame that you're ready for a sales job.
When he does take the resume, follow up within 3 days and ask if he had any further questions. This will help him remember you and if an opening does occur you'll be the first in line.
If at the receptionist, you're told that the manager is busy, and that she can take your resume and pass it on, then leave it, but follow up the same day with the manager to make sure the manager got it. Find out which manager would be looking at it so that you'd know who to follow up with.
Generally, in car sales there is a lot of turnover, and openings may occur on a daily basis, so nver lose hope if there arent' any openings right this second.
I can guarantee you that if you go to 10 dealerships using the method above, you'll get hired at one of them within a week, of not a couple days.
#137 of 162 Re: New Car Sales [boomchek]
Jun 02, 2009 (1:33 pm)
We hired a guy who followed your script. Just wouldn't take no for an answer.
He's been our salesperson of the month the last 2 months.
#138 of 162 Re: New Car Sales [volvomax]
Jun 02, 2009 (2:01 pm)
That's how I got hired at a couple dealerships. Dropped my resume off in person, and follwed up with them. Even after one interview with an HR manager I left thank you card as I had a pack of them ready in my car. All it said is thank you for giving me an opportunity to be interviewed, feel free to call if you have any questions.
#139 of 162 Re: New Car Sales [boomchek]
Jun 02, 2009 (2:53 pm)
Go on a weekday morning, preferably tuesday to thrusday
It's so tough finding a thrusday....
#140 of 162 Re: New Car Sales [boomchek]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jun 03, 2009 (6:42 am)
Thanks, boomchek, for taking the time to provide such thorough advice.
I guess having someone who won't take "no" for an answer when applying for a sales job is a good indicator that they'll be assertive on the floor!
#141 of 162 Re: New Car Sales [kirstie_h]
Jun 03, 2009 (10:43 am)
No problem. Yes having perserverance is a good trait for sales. Following up with sold and unsold customers is one of the most common tasks that sales people perfrom on a dilay basis. So if you show a bit of that during the hiring process you're bound to impress managers.
#142 of 162 Re: New Car Sales [boomchek]
Jun 05, 2009 (7:08 am)
When I got this job I was determined to get an interview because they were the only dealer who was not hiring. At the beggining of the process the GM told me they were not hiring. Two hours and 3 interviews later I had an offer to start in the morning. That was 15 years ago.
The best way to get a sales job is to show you can sell your self. If you can't sell the product you know the most about how can you sell a car?????